"Pacific Lounge" by Jessie Allen Cooper



Count on composer and saxophonist Jessie Allen Cooper to come up with something different and innovative with each new recording.

He has created a unique sound on his new PACIFIC LOUNGE album by only having two instruments - his soprano saxophone accompanied by acoustic piano played by Tim Ponzek.

While the combination of these two instruments by themselves is a different sound than most listeners have ever heard, the result is hauntingly beautiful.

Not only are saxophone-and-piano duet albums virtually unheard of, but a soprano saxophone is only occasionally heard in the field of new age music. This unusual recording, featuring a dozen carefully-crafted tunes, was specifically designed as romantic, relaxing, chill-out music - a perfect prescription for everyone in today's hurried, stressful, noisy world.

The album is available in quality book and record stores nationwide as well as online at sites such as, digital download locations and Cooper's own (The CD can be ordered below>)

"The idea behind the title of the CD is that the music is meant to help listeners unwind just like they were walking along a beach somewhere," Jessie explains.

"I like to think of the ocean as a lounge. An ocean is one of nature's best relaxation tools. Think about how it affects all your senses: the water is great to look at or swim in, you can watch the clouds and the blue sky, you feel the sunshine and cool breezes, the sound of the waves is very relaxing, and even the air has that salt-tang to it. The music on PACIFIC LOUNGE is meant to give you a similar feeling and peaceful state-of-mind."

Cooper has released new age music previously – most notably his first album, HEAVEN SENT. That also was a unique duet recording, that time between his saxophone and kalimba player Buddy Kithara (the CD was remastered and reissued in 2004). Now considered a new age classic, it was first released more than two-decades ago, making Cooper one of the genre's pioneers.

The difference in the two CDs is that HEAVEN SENT was entirely improvisational while the music on PACIFIC LOUNGE is carefully composed and arranged (although select solo breaks within some of the pieces are improvised).

Among Cooper's other new age recordings is the therapeutic and healing SOUND OF FEELINGS, an ambitious five-CD set (plus a sampler) of varied instrumental music that captures distinctly different emotions (anger, love, depression, happiness, etc.).

The music was created specifically to go with the book "Living With Feeling" by best-selling author Lucia Capacchione ("Visioning," "Power of the Other Hand"), who uses the music extensively in her classes and seminars. Shortly after completing that project,

Jessie got the opportunity to again explore wide-ranging emotions with his music when he released the groundbreaking album "9-11-01," a full-length soundtrack documenting the disaster that happened that day. Cooper's music also has been on multi-artist new age lifestyle recordings including Hallmark's MUSIC TO SHUT OUT THE RUSH HOUR and SONGS OF THE DOLPHIN, MCA/Sona Gaia's COLLECTION ONE, and Narada's RADIOACTIVE and NUAGES.

In addition, Cooper has released two acclaimed albums, SOFT WAVE and SOUND TRAVELS, that contain a mixture of soft contemporary instrumental numbers alongside smooth jazz tunes making him one of the few musicians unafraid to mix genres and styles within a recording.

"Even when the arrangements are soft, my melodies still tend to come out of the jazz tradition," says Jessie. "For example, I can perform the music on PACIFIC LOUNGE in concert as a duet or with my full band."

Besides his successes in the new age music field, Jessie also has a strong background in blues and jazz, and among his other albums is MOMENT IN TIME which is smooth jazz from start to finish.

On PACIFIC LOUNGE, Cooper wrote all of the melodies and usually conceived the form the song would take, but Ponzek was intimately involved in helping craft the final arrangement. "Tim utilizes a very distinct style of chord progression that brings a lot of movement underneath the saxophone melody line," explains Jessie. "His chords add structure and strength to the pieces and especially harmonize with my melodies."

The inspiration for the PACIFIC LOUNGE music came from Cooper's deep emotional intention to express eternal love, friendship and romance. "I think the music works well for people in intimate situations," says Jessie.

"But it also can be effective for meditation, massage, yoga, exercising, being spiritual or just taking it easy. It's primarily for relaxation. People in today's society are so bombarded with stress, pressure and noise, I hope this music will offer some gentle relief."

According to Tim Ponzek, "What separates this CD from so many others is the strength of Jessie's melodies. The structure of the music works on many different levels. It can be enjoyable in the background when you're chilling or brought to the forefront when you want music you can listen to intently."

"Sociologists have identified a segment of society they call the 'Cultural Creatives'," Cooper adds.

"There are more than 50 million people who care deeply about relationships, peace, social justice, ecology, spirituality, self-actualization, self-improvement and self-expression. I feel the music on PACIFIC LOUNGE works especially well with their lifestyle and activities."

Two tunes – "Within Thought" and "In A Silent Place" - capture the feeling of "that quiet, still place deep inside us all where we go to visit special memories," according to Cooper. Another pair of compositions ("Ballad for an Artist" and "Waltz for an Artist") were inspired by Jan Deswart, "one of the most versatile artists in the world.

He was a sculptor, wood-carver, inventor, game creator and much more." Other music on the CD ranges from the sadness of "Ballad for a Broken Heart" and the wistfully poignant "Passion Remembered" to the sultry "October Moon" ("looking into the eyes of a beautiful woman on a moonlit night"). "Song For You" was written for a good friend ("when you've done something wrong, it's not a bad idea to write a song for that person") while "Thought for a Friend" is "dedicated to all my friends because friendship is such an important aspect of life."

Cooper lives in Southern California a few blocks from the ocean, but he grew up in Everett, Washington. He began playing harmonica at an early age (and still performs on it occasionally in concert and on a few songs on his SOUND TRAVELS album).

In his late teens, saxophone became his primary instrument (although he also plays keyboards). Starting in high school, he was in a succession of bands playing different styles of music -- Mosehops (hard blues-rock), Rainbow Blues Band (strictly the blues), Deja vu (funk and R&B) and Aurora (pop-rock).

Cooper moved to Los Angeles where he got gigs playing with The Coasters and Charles Wright before beginning to record more of his own music. On his various albums, Cooper has used many top musicians including Rusty Hamilton, Steve Reid, Russ Freeman, Ricardo Silveira, Rob Mullins, Steve Katz, Steve Bailey and Osamu Kitajima.

Ponzek graduated with a BA degree in piano and music composition from Temple University in Philadelphia. Tim also is a guitarist and a singer-songwriter with a solo album (RIGHT TO THE EDGE) and a duet recording with Lisa Pressman (IF THE SKY WAS HOME). He joined guitarist Robben Ford in the band behind John Alberti on a jazz album.

Ponzek also has backed many well-known artists in concert including Andy Williams, Leslie Gore, Bobby Vinton, The Drifters, the Blues Brothers, The Coasters and Peter Marshall.

"I don't know why there aren't more saxophone-and-piano albums because it's a natural marriage," says Cooper. "The piano has the percussive attack of hammers on strings and can play both rhythm, melodies and counter-melodies, while the saxophone is the opposite -- a wind instrument that plays the melodies in a floating, soaring way over the top. Personally, I love the combination of the two."

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"Straight Into Darkness" DVD Review

By Steve Anderson

Quite possibly the best World War II film ever released is now sitting on your video store shelves. And Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Though, if they’re seeing this, they likely wish they did.

So what we have here is another in a long string of WWII films, some fantastic, and some pretty lousy. In this case, two soldiers, Losey and Deming, desert their platoon during the last days of the war and as they’re being escorted by derisive military police back to the front lines (or possibly a firing squad), they find themselves struggling across Germany in a bid for survival. Along their way, they run into a band of orphans who have, apparently, been trained as surprisingly vicious killing machines.

Now, already, I can’t help but give “Straight Into Darkness” a whole lot of credit for introducing a new and impressive new dimension into World War II filmmaking—cowardice. No one ever shows cowardice in World War II films. Nearly all of them feature some kind of superhuman heroism in the face of overwhelming odds. Any time someone gets scared in a WWII film, it’s either so temporary that you barely remember it, or some father-figure sergeant or lieutenant or what have you talks the character with the fear right out of it.

I frankly can’t recall the last time I saw a WWII movie about actual deserters, and this makes it a proverbial one in a million shot.

The fact that this movie has such an incredibly unique plot line—deserter heroes aren’t the only thing here that’s original; killer orphans are just as equally rare—alone qualifies it as a rare treat. But what’s even better is the execution.

I believe firmly that somewhere, right now, Steven Spielberg is watching this and gnashing his teeth in a mixture of awe and horror. He is screaming at the walls, asking how on earth he didn’t think of this first.

Because folks…”Band of Brothers” was good stuff, but “Straight Into Darkness” makes the brothers look like redheaded stepchildren.

The performances turned in are excellent. The constant cutaway film style—where there are constantly little flashes of events seemingly unrelated to the plot—gives the movie this marvelous disjointed feeling. And in this case, it works well; because while the film is disjointed, it’s still perfectly coherent. What this does is give you the feeling of war in all its chaotic fury, and yet still allows the narrative to be straightforward and perfectly understandable.

What’s even better is that we get to see our deserter heroes’ lives from before the war. Friends, family, horrors and triumphs alike, all are shown and add up to a perfect slice-of-life glimpse at our two characters.

You can throw all the film school jargon you like at it, but when you come right down to it, it all means one thing. “Straight Into Darkness” is damn good movie.

And by the time they start introducing the militant chapter of war orphans, well, you can tell that this sucker’s going to take some fantastically surreal twists and turns before it’s all said and done. For instance, get a real good look at the leatherfaced girl at forty nine minutes nine seconds. She shows up earlier, but you get a good look at her here. Anyway, she’s an excellent example of the surrealism we’ve got going on here. Deformed orphans, jump cuts, creepy plot—everything you could need is right here.

That’s possibly the best part about “Straight Into Darkness”—not only is it a truly unique WWII film, but it’s also a first of its kind horror movie as well. There have been WWII horror movies before, but never on this scale and this kind of quality. It’s actually almost a weird blend of “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Freakmaker”. Watching legless children bounce around on their hands and blast Nazis is truly a singular surprise.

The ending is a little bit implausible, but only a little bit. Watching ten kids, an old man, a woman and two American army regulars decimate a sixty-man detachment of Wehrmacht (as evidenced by the tank with them) is just a little farfetched, but still incredibly exciting. Poland has got to be feeling pretty bad right now (We lost to this?). Not to mention France (We surrendered to this?).

The special features include a photo gallery, a music video, audio options, a flashback sequence from Losey’s pre-war life, a short film called “Child’s Play”, a documentary called “Path Into Darkness”, director commentary, and trailers for “Stoned” and “Day of Wrath”.

All in all, “Straight Into Darkness” is a definite front-runner for the title of best World War II Movie. High quality acting, a storyline nothing short of singular, fantastic effects work, and everything else that makes a movie choice is included right here. “Straight Into Darkness” is absolutely worth your time to rent.

Directed by Jeff Burr

Written by Jeff Burr

Starring Ryan Francis, Scott MacDonald, James Legros, Linda Thorson

Produced by Mark Hannah, Chuck Williams



95 mins

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"VAMPIRE LOVE," a new Halloween single to be released by Kenny Love

"Vampire Love" (Eartastic Records) is a new multi-genre Halloween single by Eartastic Records recording artist Kenny Love that will be released this Halloween season.

The single, which is in the veins of the long popular "Monster Mash" and "Thriller" singles, fits the radio formats of Gothic, Rap, Dance and Hip Hop.

Executed in a combination of interplaying rap and vocals, "Vampire Love" tells the story of a guy who is both hopelessly and helplessly in love with a vampire while revealing elements of her nightly excursions.

Earlier this year, the single was released in a preliminary test phase to select radio personnel, garnering positive reviews which can be viewed on CD at

The single is now being prepped for nightclub deejays worldwide in response to a number of deejay clubs in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other U. S. metro areas that have already placed advance orders for the single.

Kenny Love, who also owns, a radio promotion and media publicity firm for musicians, film producers and authors, began his music career as a musician and recording artist, releasing his first singles ("All Of My Love" and "Just Want To Dance With You") in 1990.

"I enjoy the business of the Music industry, but it feels really great to step into my proverbial artistic shoes once again and have a release that is already attractive to radio," Love says. "And, I am hoping this tongue-in-cheek novelty single enjoys a fraction of the success that "Monster Mash" and "Thriller" have enjoyed through the years during this particular season."

"Vampire Love" is officially scheduled for release in October. However, listeners can get advance copies of the single on compact disc from the CD Baby site, as well as download its digital version at

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'Diddy' Searches for New Generation of 'Bad Boys,' Scouting Nationwide for the Next Superstar Group to Be Featured on MTV

On January 13th Candidates Can Post Their Videos On-line

Viewers Can Also Visit To Vote For their Favorites & Help Select The Finalists

Auditions To Be Held in Los Angeles, Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and New York City Beginning January 17th

MTV: Music Television and Sean "Diddy" Combs today announced open call auditions for MTV's hit returning series "Making the Band 4" to kick off on January 17th in Los Angeles.

And for the first time ever candidates who are unable to make the open calls can post their audition videos on-line via allowing viewers the opportunity to vote for their favorite "Making The Band 4" candidates. The series is scheduled to premiere in Q2 '07 and will chronicle Diddy as he sets out to form an all new boy band.

In the last season of "Making the Band 3," Diddy created the successful all girl band "Danity Kane" whose album debuted at number one. The show documented the journey of Aubrey, D. Woods, Aundrea, Dawn and Shannon as they recorded their first album together under the guidance and expertise of Diddy. "Danity Kane" is scheduled to go on tour with Christina Aguilera. Now Diddy is about to do it all again with "Making The Band 4!"

Starting January 13th aspiring superstars can log onto and upload their singing audition for the world to see. Viewers will have until January 27th to vote for their favorites. 25 candidates will be selected to move on to Round Two, where they'll upload a dance audition. Round Two voting concludes on February 6th. Producers will reward 3 finalists with the opportunity to audition in person for Diddy.

Open call audition dates and locations include:

DATE: Wednesday 1/17 - Open Call
TIME: Line forms at 6 am, Open call begins promptly at 8 am
7021 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028
DATE: Saturday 1/20
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
1503 Chartres St.

Houston, TX 77003
DATE: Tuesday 1/23
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
122 W. Church St.
Orlando, FL 32801

DATE: Saturday 1/27
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
511 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

DATE: Tuesday 1/30
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
720 North Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60622

DATE: Saturday 2/3
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
205 W. Congress
Detroit, MI 48226

NEW YORKv DATE: Tuesday 2/6
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
199 Bowery (at Spring St)
New York, NY 10002

The first installment of "Making the Band," a real-life drama and breakthrough concept in music and television, chronicled the private and public moments of O-Town's five band members (Ashley Parker Angel, Erik- Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood) as they ascended into pop stardom. In the second installment of the series "Making the Band 2" Diddy was successful when he developed the hip-hop group 'Da Band' whose album "Too Hot For TV" went gold.

The last season of "Making The Band 3" ranked #1 in its time period among P12-34 versus cable competition and reached over 63 million total viewers in premieres and repeats.

Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ted Iredell and Perry Dance will serve as executive producers. Jacquelyn French is the executive in charge of production for MTV and Francesca Spero is Producer for Bad Boy Entertainment.

SEAN COMBS, the CEO and founder of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group is a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse. Sean "Diddy" Combs was recently declared "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by Time Magazine and CNN. Combs, 36 oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel and restaurants.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks.

MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. The network also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV
NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

2005 MTV Video Music Awards: Green Day Triumphs with Six Moon Men

2005 MTV Video Music Awards Rolls into Miami; Green Day Triumphs with Six Moon Men

Beginning on August 29th, Fans Will be Able to Relive the Biggest Night in Music on 'My VMAs' on MTV Overdrive

The "2005 MTV Video Music Awards," honoring the best in music video, rolled into Miami at the American Airlines Arena on Sunday, August 28, 2005.

Hosted by Diddy, the 22nd annual awards show was jam packed with more music and more celebrities than ever before. Repeat air dates of the broadcast include: Sunday, August 28th at 11:30PM(ET/PT); Tuesday, August 30th at 6PM(ET/PT); Thursday, September 1st at 12:30PM(ET/PT); Saturday, September 3rd at 2PM(ET/PT); and Monday, September 5th at 10:00AM(ET/PT).

Green Day was the top winner of the night winning six Moon Men. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" garnered "Video of the Year," "Best Group Video," "Best Rock Video," "Best Direction in a Video," "Best Editing in a Video," and "Best Cinematography." Winners for "Viewer's Choice," "MTV2 Award," and "Best Video Game From a Soundtrack" were not determined at the issue of this release.

Officially launching on August 29th following the live VMA broadcast, "My VMAs," a dedicated channel within MTV Overdrive, will allow viewers to re-live and re-mix their VMA experience by combining their favorite moments from the star-studded night with exclusive, bonus segments, all available in an a la carte, on-demand menu.

The expanded VMA footage will include in-depth "white" carpet fashion coverage; arrivals by yacht and tricked out cars; backstage artist interviews; as well as more music performances produced especially for Overdrive. "My VMAs" puts control in the hands of music fans and allows them to experience the VMAs the way they want.

The night started with celebrities flooding the white carpet as they arrived in their tricked out cars and luxurious yachts. For the first time in awards show history, celebrities revved up their engines for a pimped out and tricked out car show. The Game, Green Day, Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, and Nelly wowed the white carpet as they showed up in their customized cars.

While Usher, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Lil' Jon, and Trillville fashionably sailed into the arena. Carpet stopping performances from Fall Out Boy, Houston hip hop stars Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug, and Caribbean phenomenon Rihanna electrified MTV News' "Pre-Show by the Shore." There was so much action on the carpet that MTV News' extended the pre-show to an unprecedented two hours!

Water played a spectacular role in this year's show, omnipresent during performances and presenter moments throughout the evening. The special water effects were produced by Wet Designs, the same production company that designed the fountains at the famous Bellagio in Las Vegas. Inside American Airlines Arena, host Diddy dove right into the awards festivities by launching an explosive and dramatic water and fire show, as lithe dancers amazed the audience with their spectacular aerial moves from 25 feet in the air. Green Day explosively kicked off the music extravaganza with their hit "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," complete with pyrotechnical wizardry!

The party kept sizzling as Missy Elliott and Ciara introduced Ludacris to the stage. Ludacris started a world music party with "Pimpin' All Over the World" as drummers and dancers from Brazil, South Africa, and Trinidad joined his performance. And that was just the beginning of a night filled with music from the ultimate list of performers and star-studded presenters.

The VMAs marked the return of MTV favorites Beavis & Butt-Head. Throughout the show, Beavis & Butt-Head revealed the nominees for Viewer's Choice. Another memorable moment had Grandmaster Flash on the turn tables as Diddy introduced pop-culture icon MC Hammer who busted a move to his hit "U Can't Touch This."

Ashlee and Jessica Simpson had a sisterly moment when they announced the nominees of Best R&B Video which were displayed on surfing plasma TVs positioned on the floor where hundreds of fans played an active role throughout the show.

The revelry continued as Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal & Dwayne Wade joined by Jessica Alba announced the next electrifying performance by Shakira. Making a splashy entrance amidst a duel of fire and water, Shakira gyrated onto the stage singing her hit "La Tortura" as Alejandro Sanz joined from the middle of the arena.

To announce the winner of Best Dance Video, Usher kept the rhythm going as he brought up the Rize dancers from the popular David LaChappelle documentary. The Rize dancers in full clown make-up had the audience crumping in their seats. In another VMA first, R. Kelly performed Chapter 12 of his hit single "Trapped In a Closet" in theatrical one-man show. Performing in-the-round on center stage, he acted out all of the characters from his dramatical video series.

Hot couple Hilary Duff and Joel Madden, in their first official public appearance on TV together, introduced The Killers who amidst a pool of fire, performed their song "Mr. Brightside" from South Beach Miami's Hotel Victor, one of the remote locations of the night that showcased some of the most extravagant pools in Miami. Back to the arena, Diddy in a poignant moment, honored the late Notorious B.I.G. Diddy conducted a full orchestra as Snoop Dogg joined in this tribute to the famed rapper.

Fat Joe turned the volume back up with an energetic music moment, as Reggaeton superstars Don Omar, Tego Calderone, and Daddy Yankee joined him on stage with dancers working the audience into a frenzy.

To keep up the energy of the music celebration, Diddy entrusted his "dogg pound" to cheer him on throughout the show. The show continued with the house lights simmering low as, Coldplay performed a moving rendition of "Speed of Sound," with Chris Martin running into the stands, creating an intimate performance.

Amidst a club setting, Kanye West, after winning Best Male Video, performed his smash hit "Gold Digger" that featured incredible background vocals from Jamie Foxx. At the end of their performance, the audience hit pay dirt as money shot onto the stage. Snoop Dogg introduced Dane Cook who had the audience laughing in their seats as he injected his unique brand of comedy into the show.

Eva Longoria took the show to its second remote location, poolside at the National Hotel, as Mariah Carey belted out an energetic medley of her songs, "Shake It Off," and "We Belong Together." Carey was joined by her surprise special guests Jermaine Dupri, Jadakiss, and DJ Clue and Styles P.

50 Cent, joined by Mobb Deep and Tony Yayo, kept the energy up as he performed a medley of "Disco Inferno," "Outta Control," and "So Seductive." 500 tambourines clamored along throughout 50's frenetic performance.

Then Diddy surprised the crowd as he brought on surprise performers My Chemical Romance, who rocked their hit "Helena" as 300 white umbrellas appeared in the crowd with Helena revealed under a sole red umbrella. The show came to a dramatic close with Kelly Clarkson's performing her hit "Since U Been Gone" with rain cascading down onto the audience.

The 2005 VMAs included appearances by the biggest names from the worlds of music, movies and television including Gwen Stefani, Jessica Simpson, Lil Kim, Ricky Martin, Ashlee Simpson, Bow Wow, Eva Longoria, Nelly, Hilary Duff, Joel Madden from Good Charlotte, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Usher, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Joss Stone, Jeremy Piven, and Snoop Dogg.
2005 MTV Video Music Awards Winners:

Green Day
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
American Idiot
Reprise Records
Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Tim Lynch
Production Company: Black Dog Films

Kanye West
"Jesus Walks"
College Dropout
Roc-A-Fella Records
Director: Chris Milk
Producer: Gina Leonard
Production Company: Radical Music

Kelly Clarkson
"Since U Been Gone"
Director: Alex De Rakoff
Producer: Billy Parks
Production Company: F.M. Rocks

Green Day
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
American Idiot
Reprise Records
Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Tim Lynch
Production Company: Black Dog Films

"Number One Spot"
Red Light District
Disturbing Tha Peace
Director: Fat Cats/Chaka Zulu
Producer: Anke Thommen
Production Company: F.M. Rocks

Alicia Keys
The Diary of Alicia Keys
MBK Entertainment/J Records
Director: Chris Robinson/Alicia Keys
Producer: Meredith Welsch
Production Company: HSI Productions

Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fat Man Scoop
"Lose Control"
The Cookbook
Gold Mind/Atlantic Records
Director: Dave Meyers/Missy Elliott
Producer: Joseph Sassone
Production Company: Radical Music

Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fat Man Scoop
"Lose Control"
The Cookbook
Gold Mind/Atlantic Records
Director: Dave Meyers/Missy Elliott
Producer: Joseph Sassone
Production Company: Radical Music

Green Day
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
American Idiot
Reprise Records
Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Tim Lynch
Production Company: Black Dog Films

Kelly Clarkson
"Since U Been Gone"
Director: Alex De Rakoff
Producer: Billy Parks
Production Company: F.M. Rocks

The Killers
"Mr. Brightside"
Hot Fuss
Island Records
Director: Sophie Muller
Producer: Grant Jue
Production Company: Oil Factory Inc

"Feel Good INC."
Demon Days
Virgin Records America, Inc.
Director: Jamie Hewlett/ Pete Candeland
Producer: Cara Speller/Emilie Walmsley
Production Company: Passion Pictures

Green Day
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
American Idiot
Reprise Records
Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Tim Lynch
Production Company: Black Dog Films

Gwen Stefani
"Hollaback Girl"
Interscope Records
Director: Paul Hunter
Producer: Rubin Mendoza
Production Company: HSI Productions
Choreographer: Kishaya Dudley

"Feel Good INC."
Demon Days
Virgin Records America, Inc.
Director: Jamie Hewlett/ Pete Candeland
Producer: Cara Speller/Emilie Walmsley
Production Company: Passion Pictures
Special Effects: Passion Pictures

Gwen Stefani
"What You Waiting For?"
Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Interscope Records
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producer: Caleb Dewart
Production Company: DNA
Art Director: Zach Matthewes

Green Day
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
American Idiot
Reprise Records
Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Tim Lynch
Production Company: Black Dog Films
Editor: Tim Royes

Green Day
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
American Idiot
Reprise Records
Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Tim Lynch
Production Company: Black Dog Films
Cinematographer: Samuel Bayer

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for the "2005 MTV Video Music Awards." Michael Dempsey is Producer and Summer Strauch is Co-Producer. Beth McCarthy-Miller is Director. Kathy Flynn is Event Producer.

The "2005 MTV Video Music Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of over 1 billion people via MTV's 43 channels reaching 429.1 million households around the world as well as through syndication, and its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire online nation, via MTV's 38 Web sites around the world.

The official sponsors of the "2005 MTV Video Music Awards" are Gap, Jeep, Pantene, Pepsi, Revlon, Saturn, Taco Bell, and Virgin Mobile.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.
Source: MTV
MIAMI, Aug. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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2007 GRAMMY Nominees CD Debuts as the #1 Compilation, #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart - 77,267 Units Scanned

=2007 GRAMMY Nominees CD Features 49th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees

The Recording Academy(R) teamed up with Sony BMG Music Entertainment to release the 2007 GRAMMY(R) Nominees CD, which celebrates many of the year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and songs.

Scanning at more than 77,000 units this week -- this year's compilation has started off very strong with a #1 debut on the Billboard Top Compilation Albums and a #4 debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit the MusiCares Foundation(R) and the GRAMMY Foundation(R).


311's New CD "Don't Tread On Me" Debuts at #5 on Billboard's Album Chart; Single # 6* on Modern Rock Radio

311 New Album "Don't Tread On Me" Debuts at #5 on Billboard's Album Chart; Single # 6* on Modern Rock Radio

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311's 8th and latest studio album "Don't Tread On Me" debuts on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #5 this week. The album consists of 11 new tracks produced by Ron Saint Germain and 311. The album is also the #1 on the Digital, Current Alternative, #1 Top Hard Music and Retailers Charts according to SoundScan.

At radio, the title track and first single "Don't Tread On Me" moves from #7 to #6* on both the Modern Rock and R&R Alternative Chart this week. The song has been at radio for only 5 weeks.

While in New York recently, 311 taped a performance at the Fuse studios for 7th Ave Drop. Both the performance as well as their newest music video (directed by Colourmovie) will be debuting on Fuse Monday, August 29th.

311 fans are a web savvy group, so an online promotion was staged in partnership with popular lifestyle portal, MySpace. A stream of the entire album was made available exclusively on 311's artist profile ( one week prior to its release.

Over the course of the week, Don't Tread On Me was streamed nearly 130,000 times by MySpace members. The band shot to #2 on the site's "Top Bands" chart and added over 30,000 new members to its community of "friends." Also, a majority of the Digital sales were generated by a promotion on the iTunes Music Store--offered two weeks before release date-whereby all pre-orders for the album received an additional three bonus tracks. The album held the #1 slot on the iTunes Album Chart through its release.

Omaha-bred, Los Angeles-based 311 have released 8 studio albums (5 Gold, 1 Platinum, and 1 Triple-Platinum), a live album and three DVD's (1 Gold, 2 Platinum). Four of their releases have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Charts. Six singles have gone into the Top 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart including the #1 hits "Down" and "Love Song." The band has sold over 7 million albums in the U.S. Don't Tread On Me is the band's 6th Top 10 200 Album and their 2nd Top5 Top 200 Album.

The band, known for their dynamic live shows, are currently out on the road in support of the new album (and in celebration of their 15 year anniversary) with support bands Papa Roach and Unwritten Law in select cities*:

311 SUMMER TOUR 2005:

August 24 Philadelphia, PA* Penns Landing
August 25 Virginia Beach, VA* Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
August 26 Washington DC* Nissan Pavilion
August 27 Atlanta, GA* Hi Fi Buys
August 28 Memphis, TN* Mud Island
August 30 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 1 Jacksonville, FL* Metro Park Amphitheatre
September 2 West Palm Beach, FL* Sound Advice Amphitheatre
September 3 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
September 4 Pensacola, FL* Civic Center
September 7 Baton Rouge, LA* Centroplex
September 8 Corpus Christi, Texas * Concrete Street Amphitheatre
September 9 Houston, TX* The Woodlands
September 10 Austin, TX* The Music Hall
September 11 Dallas, TX* Smirnoff Music Center
September 13 Norman, OK Lloyd Noble Center
September 14 Albuquerque, NM Convention Center
September 15 El Paso, TX County Coliseum

More dates for the fall to be announced.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ --

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50 Cent is a Crossover Hit in New Reebok TV Ad for GX II Shoes

50 Cent is a Crossover Hit in New Reebok TV Ad

For the First Time, the Rap Icon Teams Up with Top Athletes Donovan McNabb, Manny Ramirez and Winky Wright to Promote the Brand's GXT II Cross Trainer

In a true fusion of music and sports, hip-hop phenom 50 Cent proves he can also play with the best in sports in his new Reebok TV ad "Street Sports" promoting the Gxt II cross trainer.

Debuting on June 28th on BET during the 2005 BET Music Awards, the spot showcases 50 Cent paired up for the first time with fellow Reebok superstars including Boston Red Sox World Series MVP Manny Ramirez, Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Quarterback Donovan McNabb, and WBC Junior Middleweight World Boxing Champion Ronald "Winky" Wright.

Created by New York advertising agency mcgarrybowen, the TV ad, which will run on BET, ESPN and MTV in 30- and 60-second executions, celebrates 50 Cent's versatile athletic ability made possible in part by his Gxt II Cross trainers. Ads will also run on select radio outlets throughout the country, in out-of- home, online and in print executions in the August issue of Vibe Magazine, XXL and Slam.

"Reebok's goal was to showcase the Gxt II cross trainer as a shoe that performs across many sports, yet has a look that is hot on the street -- there's nothing else like this in the cross training category" said Brian Povinelli, Reebok's vice president of global integrated marketing. "50 Cent is not only one of today's biggest artists, he is also a phenomenal athlete. Teaming him up with Manny, Winky and Donovan was a natural way to highlight the positioning for this product."

Directed by renowned music video director Jessy Terrero, who has worked on a number of 50 Cent's music videos, the commercial opens with 50 Cent playing urban stickball with Manny Ramirez.

The All-Star outfielder steps up to bat and chants "triala, triala!" before launching a tennis ball onto a building's roof.

The commercial continues with 50 Cent shadow boxing middleweight champ "Winky" Wright, and ends with the rap artist playing street football with Eagles star Donovan McNabb. The ad jumps from one sport to the next, showing that the Gxt II cross trainers can be used for a variety of athletic training.

"Filming this ad was a big opportunity for me to demonstrate my passion for sport and show everyone that I can hold it down when it comes to stickball, boxing and football. I never had so much fun at a commercial shoot," said 50 Cent. "Reebok truly understands street sports and the ad brings the concept of the Gxt II to life."

"Over the years, Reebok has been a leader in bringing together sports and music personalities," said Donovan McNabb. "It was a lot of fun playing a little street football with someone of 50's stature and he really is an amazing athlete."

Available in stores on July 1st for a suggested retail price of $90.50, the Gxt II features an old-school cross-training silhouette in sleek leather with micro perferation detailing. The cushioned insole provides comfort and support.

The Gxt II also contains DMX micro technology for lightweight support and the sole features a skeletal tread with a pivot point at the in- step to allow for accelerated range of motion. Available for men in white/navy colorways, the Gxt II cross-trainer is designed to perform on the court, in the gym and on the road.

Reebok International Ltd. (NYSE:RBK) , headquartered in Canton, MA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment under the Reebok, Rockport, CCM, KOHO, JOFA and Greg Norman Brands and footwear under the Polo Ralph Lauren Brand. Sales for 2004 totaled approximately $3.8 billion

Source: Reebok International Ltd.
CANTON, Mass., June 27, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll's Big Breakthrough to be Saluted With Multiple Celebrations in Hollywood

50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll's Big Breakthrough
to be Saluted With Multiple Celebrations in Hollywood

Tuesday July 5th & Wednesday July 6th

The first week of July 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of a seminal moment in popular culture.

It was in the first week of July 1955 that "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & The Comets was certified as the first-ever rock 'n' roll record to top the Billboard charts. The record stayed #1 for 8 weeks, eventually sold in excess of 25 million copies worldwide -- and spawned the entire rock era.

The 50th anniversary will be saluted with the world's first-ever "ROCK- AROUND-THE-CLOCK-ATHON!" -- a 32-hour marathon of celebration events in Hollywood presented by some of America's most prestigious institutions and iconic venues -- including The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Hollywood's RockWalk, The Museum Of Television & Radio, The American Cinematheque, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, Gibson Guitars and Johnny Depp's Viper Room. (Full details from links below.) All but two of the events are entirely free to the public. The events are presented by the "Rock Is Fifty!" Honorary Committee.

The commemorations include in-person salutes to the five surviving members of the original lineup of The Comets -- now in their 70's and 80's -- who have reunited and will perform again during the celebrations.

Not only are The Comets the FIRST Band Of Rock 'n' Roll. With a lead guitarist aged nearly 84 and an average age of 76 -- they are also the OLDEST Band Of Rock 'n' Roll!

Amplifying interest in the 50th anniversary of rock's beginnings is the timing of Bob Geldof and Bono's "Live 8" concerts -- that represent the most spectacular utilization of rock 'n' roll in the half-century since Haley & The Comets blazed the trail with "Rock Around The Clock." The concerts take place on Saturday July 2nd -- the exact 50th anniversary of rock's coming of age.

There is a Media Resource Website with a full array of text, photos, audio and video available to illustrate stories about the 50th anniversary.

There are multiple opportunities to film The Comets performing -- and to interview the band.


Source: "Rock is Fifty!" Honorary Committee
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire/ --

Amy Grant Set to Hit the Stage in Corona, CA - Weeks Before the Launch of Her New Television Career

Amy Grant Set to Hit the Stage in Corona, CA - Weeks Before the Launch of Her New Television Career

Following the tremendous success of the inaugural concert series that kicked off with Lonestar and Olivia Newton- John, Stage 1 at Candlewalk is pleased to announce the second round in its concert series with five-time Grammy award-winning artist Amy Grant on August 13th, 2005.

By becoming the first Christian artist to have a platinum record, Amy Grant is widely regarded as the artist who put contemporary Christian music on the map. Yet perhaps her greatest accomplishment was to open the door for a flood of other artists in pop as well as rock to sing about faith, soul and family and still grasp mega-stardom.

With all the success in her music career, the multiple Grammy-winning recording artist is certainly not resting on her laurels - Amy Grant has now announced she will be launching a new television series on NBC titled "Three Wishes." Said Grant, "When I heard about this show, I was extremely moved by NBC and the production company's concept to provide incredibly positive changes in the lives of different people. Seeing the initial prep work the producers had done for the pilot episode gave me reason to look at my own life - and remind myself, once again, to never underestimate the impact that one life can have on another."

Stage 1 provides the ultimate audio and visual experience as it continues to focus on the philanthropic element. "It was so exciting for us to show that we could create this amazing venue from scratch and utilize it for charitable causes," states Mark Gantt, Executive Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church. Following the template set by the inaugural concerts at Stage 1, Amy Grant's concert will benefit Royal Family Kids Camp. Founded in 1985, Royal Family Kids Camp has grown to be an international organization, and the nation's leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Source: Plan B Events
CORONA, Calif., July 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Apple Kicks Off iTunes Music Store Countdown to Half a Billion Songs; Live 8 available downloads

Apple Kicks Off iTunes Music Store
Countdown to Half a Billion Songs

Live 8 Performances Now Available on iTunes

Apple(R) (NASDAQ:AAPL) kicked off its countdown to half a billion songs sold on the iTunes(R) Music Store on July 5 with an online song counter so music fans around the world can participate in the race to purchase and download the 500 millionth song.

As part of the countdown, Apple is giving away an iPod(R) mini and an iTunes gift card for 50 songs to the iTunes customer who purchases the winning song at each 100,000 interval.

The person who downloads the 500 millionth song will win the grand prize-10 iPods of their choice to share with family and friends, an iTunes gift card for 10,000 songs and an all-expenses paid trip for four to see Coldplay on their world tour.

Apple today also announced the availability of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "The Long and Winding Road" on the iTunes Music Store. Both songs were recorded live at this past weekend's Live 8 benefit concerts featuring U2 and Sir Paul McCartney. Proceeds from the sales of these one- time-only performances will benefit debt relief in Africa.

"As we prepare to cross this major milestone of half a billion songs, we want to thank our customers, the artists and the music labels who have helped make iTunes a global success," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of applications. "iTunes continues to be the world's number one online music store featuring the world's best digital music including special performances such as the Live 8 concerts."

With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac(R) and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. The iTunes Music Store features more than 1.5 million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent record labels, 10,000 audiobooks, gift certificates and exclusive music not found anywhere else online.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.

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

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iTunes and iPod are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Source: Apple Computer, Inc.
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B.B. King Celebrates His 80th Birthday

B.B. King Celebrates His 80th Birthday With the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

It will be an evening of music history in the making as the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISLE) pays tribute to blues legend B.B. King, honoring the artist's 80th birthday.

The B.B. King 80th Benefit Birthday concert, held at Biloxi's Mississippi Coast Coliseum located in King's home state, will hit a cord of fun, entertainment and philanthropy for the thousands of ticket holders of Saturday's event.

Hosted by television personality Montel Williams, the concert will include musical performances from a variety of genres. "I am thrilled to participate in the 80th birthday celebration for this musical genius, international legend and exemplary human being," Williams said.

Headliner entertainment for the evening will include motion picture and television star Bruce Willis, who is also a chart-topping musical artist. Willis has pursued his love of music as a recording artist since 1986, when he released his first album, which went platinum and remained on the charts for 29 weeks.

Of his participation in the concert, Willis said, "I am thrilled and honored to be invited to B.B. King's 80th birthday party; I've been a fan of B.B.'s ever since I've been listening to music. When I think of the blues I think of B.B. King. Happy Birthday, B.B.!"

Joining Willis will be a variety of blues, country, jazz and rock artists, including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Deborah Coleman, Bobby Blue Bland, Jody Williams, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Dr. John and Dickey Betts. The concert will feature a finale with King playing several of his greatest hits, accompanied by all of the artists in attendance.

King said, "I am truly thankful to be honored in such a wonderful way. Because of this benefit concert, sponsored by Isle of Capri Casinos, we have an opportunity to make a real difference for the B.B. King Museum. My thanks goes to the Isle, the museum staff and all the talented artists who will be joining me in celebrating my 80th birthday."

The B.B. King Benefit Concert is produced by Bill Haggett and Shelli Wright of Four Star Entertainment, Inc. of Florida. Proceeds for the B.B. King Birthday Benefit concert will benefit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center ( ), which is currently under construction in Indianola, Miss. The $10 million museum is being established to honor the international bluesman, preserve the Delta blues heritage and encourage and inspire young artists and musicians.

Isle of Capri Casinos, a pioneer in regional gaming, is Mississippi's largest publicly held company. Isle, which operates 15 casinos, produced this concert in recognition of King, as one of Mississippi's most cherished musicians, and to contribute to the cultural arts preservation of the company's home state.

King is also celebrating this milestone year with other significant events, including a European tour this summer, the release of his duets album with Universal Music later this year, and the publishing of a book in September titled "B.B. King's Treasures" with Bullfinch Press.

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., a leading developer and owner of gaming and entertainment facilities, operates 15 casinos in 13 locations. The company owns and operates riverboat and dockside casinos in Biloxi, Vicksburg, Lula and Natchez, Mississippi; Bossier City and Lake Charles (two riverboats), Louisiana; Bettendorf, Davenport and Marquette, Iowa; and Kansas City and Boonville, Missouri.

The company also owns a 57 percent interest in and operates land-based casinos in Black Hawk (two casinos), Colorado. Isle of Capri's international gaming interests include a casino that it operates in Freeport, Grand Bahama and a two-thirds ownership interest in casinos in Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton, England. The company also owns and operates Pompano Park Harness Racing Track in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Source: Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
BILOXI, Miss., July 29, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/

B5, P. Diddy's Latest Discovery, Debut in Top 20 on Billboard 200

B5, P. Diddy's Latest Discovery, Debut in Top 20 on Billboard 200

Also Enter R&B Top 200 Album Chart at #11

Bad Boy Entertainment's B5 made an impressive debut at #19 this week on the Billboard Top 200 and also enter at #11 on the Billboard R&B Top 200 Album's Chart with their highly anticipated self-titled CD.

The Atlanta-based brothers -- Dustin, Kelly, Patrick, Carnell, and Bryan Breeding -- merge the old school flair, finesse and energy of the Jackson Five with the modern day pop appeal of N'Sync. B5 have drawn acclaim for their electrifying, high-energy stage shows -- complete with street dancing, old school stepping and acrobatics -- and have already performed with the likes of Mario Winans, Kanye West, Ginuwine, Usher, Fantasia, Bow Wow, Joe and others.

B5 have been the highlight of the eagerly awaited "BET Presents Scream Tour IV Festival: The Heart Throbs 2005." The cross-country trek features some of the biggest young names in R&B, including Bow Wow, Omarion, Marques Houston, and Bobby Valentino. Scream Tour IV kicked off July 20th at Trenton, NJ's Sovereign Arena and will spend the summer rolling through amphitheaters and arenas in close to 30 cities, including an August 24th stop at New York City's Madison Square Garden (see concert tour schedule below).

B5 are also headliners this summer on the "Teen People Rock N' Shop Mall Tour," sponsored by Teen People magazine. The tour kicked off in Minneapolis' Mall of America on Friday, July 8th with an amazing turnout. Their signing session scheduled for after their performance, however, was shut down when the boys were mobbed on their way from the stage to the signing area by over 1,000 excited and screaming teenage fans all wanting autographs.

Describing them as "the group that fills a void in the music industry," Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and his team pulled out all the stops when it came to B5, hooking them up with some of the top producers in the business, among them Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Brandy, Whitney Houston), Ryan Leslie (Britney Spears, Carl Thomas), Sean Garrett (Usher, Ciara), Corna Boyz (Jagged Edge), Veit Renn (Backstreet Boys), and, of course, Harve Pierre and P. Diddy himself.

B5's second single, "U Got Me," is currently impacting at multi-format radio and video outlets coast to coast. They are #9 this week on the Radio Disney chart and are making a steady climb! The video appears on BET's 106 & Park Countdown show weekly and is also getting attention at MTV with spins on MTV Hits.

B5 are well known among teen music fans. Their website,, received more than 10 million hits just during the month of June and a chat with B5 on, one of the top teen website, crashed when more then 10,000 kids tried to log on at once. The site received more then 5000 questions for B5 before crashing.

B5 SCREAM TOUR & TEEN PEOPLE MALL Rock N' Shop Tour Concert Dates

28 Columbus, OH Value City Arena
29 Chicago, IL Woodfield Mall/Rock N' Shop Date
30 Chicago, IL University of Illinois, Chicago
31 St. Louis, MO Savvis Center

4 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
6 New York, NY Roosevelt Field Rock N' Shop Date
8 Denver, CO Coors Amphitheatre
10 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena
12 Houston, TX Toyota Center
12 Philadelphia, PA King Of Prussia Mall RNS Tour Date
13 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
14 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
17 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
18 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Center
19 Memphis, TN Fed Ex Arena
19 Palm Beach, FL Wellington Green Mall RNS Tour Date
20 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
21 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
25 Philadelphia, PA Liacouras Center
26 Washington, DC MCI Center
27 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

1 Jacksonville, FL Memorial Coliseum
2 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
3 Orlando, FL TBA
4 Miami, FL Miami Arena

Source: Bad Boy Entertainment
NEW YORK, July 28, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Backstreet Boys Are Back With An International Success, Tour; Never Gone Debuts Top 5 Around The World

Backstreet Boys Are Back With An International Success; Never Gone Debuts Top 5 Around The World

The Backstreet Boys are back on top of the Billboard album charts debuting this week at #3* in the U.S. Worldwide Never Gone is topping the album charts with #1's in Japan (on the international chart), Germany, India, Chile, and Korea with Top 5 album debuts in Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.

After spending 3 years apart, the Backstreet Boys released Never Gone on June 14. Earlier this year the group set out on a sold out club tour.

Recent television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Today Show, The View, Live With Regis & Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The CBS Early Show. Print features have included People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Blender.

USA Today gave Never Gone 3 stars declaring that the "Backstreet Boys are rock solid ... smartly produced, cannily sung material ... the group sounds as comfortable and accessible as ever." The NY Post stated "... the songs are melodically strong and show off the outfit's skillful harmonies."

Backstreet Boys are "Artist of the Month" for June on AOL. Their recent AOL Listening Session became one of the Top 10 AOL Listening Sessions of all time.

Tickets are on sale now for the Backstreet Boys U.S. summer tour dates, presented by

Friday, July 22 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 23 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Sunday, July 24 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Arena
Tuesday, July 26 Cleveland, OH Tower City Theater
Wednesday, July 27 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Friday, July 29 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Spa & Casino
Saturday, July 30 Wantagh, NY Tommy Hilfiger Jones Beach
Sunday, July 31 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wednesday, August 3 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thursday, August 4 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 6 Washington DC Nissan Pavilion
Sunday, August 7 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
Tuesday, August 9 Wallingford, CT Theatre
Wednesday, August 10 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic
Friday, August 12 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
Saturday, August 13 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the
Sunday, August 14 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
Tuesday, August 16 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wednesday, August 17 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Friday, August 19 Chicago, IL Lakefront Pavilion at
Northerly Island
Saturday, August 20 Minneapolis, MN US Bank Theater at Target Center
Sunday, August 21 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Thursday, August 25 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Friday, August 26 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Saturday, August 27 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, August 30 Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion
Wednesday, August 31 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Friday, September 2 Portland, OR Clark County Amphitheater

Following the U.S. tour, the group will embark on international dates taking them through Europe, Asia and South America.

Never Gone is the 4th studio release from the group since their debut in 1997. To date they have garnered 2 Diamond albums (RIAA certification for 10 million sold), as well as numerous multi-platinum certifications for albums, singles and videos. In total they have sold over 73 million albums worldwide.

Source: Jive Records
LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Beyonce and Mathew Knowles Respond to Speculation Regarding Release Date of Beyonce's Upcoming Album, 'B'Day'

An item appearing in the press on Friday, July 28 falsely speculated that the upcoming release and pre-sale date for Beyonce's new album, "B'Day," were set in response to an upcoming album release by LeToya Luckett, a former member of Destiny's Child.

In order to put a stop to these unfounded rumors, Beyonce and her manager, Mathew Knowles, have each issued statements clarifying the facts of the situation.

"I have enormous respect and admiration for LeToya as an artist and a business woman and I wish her incredible success with her debut CD and her career," said Beyonce. "LeToya and I have known each other since childhood and, because of all we've been through, I know that we both really care -- and want what's best -- for each other.

"We are pleased that LeToya has chosen to include our House of Dereon designs in her Lady Elle boutique in Houston and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.

"It makes me sad that that people are trying to stir up a controversy where there is none. LeToya makes fantastic music and it would be great if her fans, as well as the press, could simply enjoy it on its own merits and not engage in negative speculation."

"I'm shocked and amazed that this is even an issue," said Mathew Knowles. "It's standard practice in the music industry for upcoming albums to go on pre-sale well in advance of an in-store date.

"From the time Beyonce began working on her new album, 'B'Day,' we wanted to release it in early September to coincide with her 25th birthday on September 4. Our pre-sale strategy is a logical and sensible lead-in to that target date and has nothing to do with the scheduled releases of any other albums by any other artists."

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Source: Music World Music; Sony Urban Music; Columbia Records

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Bo Bice Makes Chart History With First Single; 'Inside Your Heaven' / 'Vehicle' Debuts at No. 1

Bo Bice Makes Chart History With First Single;
'Inside Your Heaven' / 'Vehicle' Debuts at No. 1

Rock Singer from Birmingham, Alabama, Tops Billboard Chart
50 Years to the Day That First Rock and Roll Single Went to No. 1
Bice Will Perform 'Vehicle' With Richie Sambora On NBC-TV's 'The Tonight Show' July 6

Bo Bice, the popular runner-up of the fourth season of "American Idol," from Birmingham, Alabama, makes chart history this week as his first single, the double-A sided "Inside Your Heaven" / "Vehicle," debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart dated July 9, 2005.

Bice's triumph comes 50 years to the day after the very first rock and roll single went to No. 1 in Billboard. "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets went to No. 1 on July 9, 1955, on the Best Sellers in Stores chart, kicking off what music historians have called "the rock era."

19 Recording / RCA Records recording artist Bice rewrites the chart history books as his "Inside Your Heaven" replaces Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" at No. 1. It's the first time in the history of the sales chart that the same song, recorded by a different artist, succeeds itself at the top of the chart. Bice is the sixth "American Idol" contestant to top the sales chart, following Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Diana DeGarmo and Underwood.

Bice's debut at No. 1 was fueled by incredibly strong sales, including a No. 1 ranking at the Amazon website. With 106,000 copies sold, Bice's debut instantly becomes the second best-selling retail single of 2005. In addition to topping Hot Singles Sales, Bice's "Inside Your Heaven" is also No. 1 on Billboard's Pop 100. On the Hot 100, "Inside Your Heaven" debuts at No. 2. It is the second-highest debuting single of 2005.

"Inside Your Heaven" was written by Andreas Carlsson, Pelle Nylen and Savan Kotecha. "Vehicle" is a 1970 remake from by the Ides of March, and features Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on guitar. Bice will perform "Vehicle" with Sambora on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, July 6. "Vehicle" was written by Jim Peterik. Both sides of Bice's single were produced by Desmond Child.

Source: RCA Records
LOS ANGELES, June 30 /PRNewswire/ --

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announces 2007 music lineup

The Police, Tool, Widespread Panic, The White Stripes, Manu Chao, Wilco, Regina Spektor, Ween, Wolfmother, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Hold Steady, Cold War Kids and Dozens More

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The sixth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 14-17 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.

A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2007 lineup will total over 100 bands and 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through on Friday, February 23rd at 12:00 PM EST.

The largest and most revered music and camping event in the country, Bonnaroo has elevated the American rock festival to an unprecedented level. As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unprecedented amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event offers attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy club, cinema, silent disco, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality craft vendors. Since its inception in 2002, Bonnaroo has swiftly earned its status as the country's premier music and arts event.

According to the New York Times, "Bonnaroo has revolutionized the modern rock festival." The event is famous for the incredible energy that emerges from its crowds, who make the Bonnaroo pilgrimage to immerse themselves in its unique camping community and witness four days of historical music moments. Honoring the festival's unique spirit, Rolling Stone called Bonnaroo "one of the 50 moments to change the history of rock and roll." Bonnaroo's 2007 music lineup is once again a wildly diverse set of top- notch acts from established veterans to cutting-edge artists. This year, Bonnaroo will host the recently reunited rock legends the Police, along with other revered acts such as Tool, Widespread Panic and the first announced appearance by the White Stripes after their lengthy break.

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Britain Experiences Surge in Hip Hop Clothing Sales

Sales of hip hop clothing are driven by the growing commercialism of music acts are soaring in Britain.

Online retailers, operating in a market in which high street chains can't respond, are reporting major increases in demand.

Urban clothing expert Robby Sur, managing director of, said: "The sector is seeing doubled sales in the last year as streetwear clothing takes off.

"Hip hop labels provide a level of individuality for youth, allowing young people to feel like their favourite rapper or singer while setting their own trends."

Examples of music acts that are taking advantage are 50 Cent (G-Unit Clothing), hip hop tycoon Jay-Z (RocaWear), and rap mogul P Diddy (Sean John).

For years, artists watched as sales of the clothing they wore took off as a result of their association with it. Now their own personal clothing brands are becoming as important as their music.

"The market for hip hop was initially a niche one with purchases by hardcore hip hop fans only. Now it's more diverse, with a wide range of ages becoming interesting ˆ from 10-year-olds up to people in their mid 30s," said Robby Sur.

A major factor in broadening the attraction is that American hip hop manufacturers have worked with European distributors to adjust their sizes to meet the more fitted look sought in Britain which contrast with the 'baggy' look more commonly associated with urban fashion.

As well as big American players like Akademiks, ECKO, Ed Hardy, G-Unit, LRG, Phat Farm and RocaWear, home grown talent in Britain such as King Apparel and Projekts NYC are making waves in the UK urban streetwear market.

The hip hop trend has expanded into Hollywood and computer gaming.

50 Cent has a multi-platinum sophomore album, The Massacre, and has followed in the footsteps of mentor and fellow rapper Eminem by releasing his own biographical film Get Rich or Die Trying alongside the release of his console game Bulletproof, allowing fans to simulate the street life of Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson.

Hip hop has become a multi-faceted industry, where urban and hip hop artists are making significant moves into other areas of the entertainment business, providing further credibility and cross selling opportunities for affiliated brands.

Men are responsible for 90% of purchases at, but the female market is starting to show signs of growth too.

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Brooks & Dunn Selected as Recipients of The Academy of Country Music (R)/The Home Depot (R) Humanitarian Award

The Academy of Country Music(R) and The Home Depot(R) announced that country music superstars Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of multi-platinum BROOKS & DUNN will be the 2007 recipients of the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the 42nd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ceremony honoring country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

In its sixth year, the Humanitarian Award recognizes artists who serve others, have a generous spirit and help build the dreams of those in need. BROOKS & DUNN, the Academy of Country Music Awards all-time trophy leaders, were selected by a special blue-ribbon committee comprised of executives in the country music industry as well as local and national philanthropic leaders for their ongoing community service and charitable giving of their time and talent.

"Over the years, Kix and Ronnie have done so much to help others. But what strikes me about them is that they do it with joy and laughter," said Gayle Holcomb, chairman of the board of directors. "The Academy often uses the phrase 'Party for a Cause(TM)'. These two guys take a party wherever they go and others feel their burdens are lighter because of it."

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Carrie Underwood's 'Inside Your Heaven' Debuts as Best Selling Song in the Nation and Breaks Chart History

Carrie Underwood's 'Inside Your Heaven' Debuts as Best Selling Song in the Nation and Breaks Chart History

American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" (19 Recordings/Arista Records) has debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The single is the best selling song in the nation and also debuts at #1 on three additional Billboard charts, including the Pop 100, the Singles Sales chart and the Country Singles sales charts. With first week sales of nearly 170,000, the song now ranks as the best selling song of 2005 year to date.

Underwood also breaks Billboard chart history as the first country music artist ever to debut at #1 on the Hot 100. Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" also becomes the first song from a country artist to go to #1 on the Hot 100 since Lonestar's "Amazed" did so in 2000.

"My dreams continue to come true," says Underwood. "Thanks to the fans for voting me as their IDOL and for wanting to hear - and have - my music!"

Underwood is currently busy listening to songs for her debut country album, due out this Fall, and also rehearsing for the American Idol tour which will launch July 12 in Sunrise, Florida.

Underwood, 22 years old from Checotah, OK, was crowned the American Idol winner at the two-hour finale held at the Kodak Theater, in Los Angeles, on May 25th averaging over 30 million viewers. American Idol has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and is created and executive produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment. American Idol is the #1 show of the current television season.

Source: Schmidt Relations
NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 23, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Carter Family Attorney Speaks to Frivolous Lawsuit Filed Against Bobby Jean Carter Also Naming Robert & Nick Carter

Carter Family Attorney Speaks to Frivolous Lawsuit Filed Against Bobby Jean Carter Also Naming Robert & Nick Carter

A lawsuit against BJ Carter was filed involving her former roommate earlier this month, which also names Robert and Nick Carter in the suit.

Scott Salomon, the Florida-based attorney for BJ and Robert Carter, addressed the suit below:

"We will vigorously defend against this outlandish and frivolous lawsuit that has been filed against the Carters. We have defended Bobbie Jean and Robert Carter for the last five years and will continue to support Robert, Aaron and Bobbie Jean from all predators that look to take advantage of them. Kate Kelly is looking to capitalize on the Carter's fame and our private investigators have already began working on this matter and the information revealed will be less than flattering for their case.

"After we prevail at trial, we will seek to have sanctions and fees imposed upon Ms. Kelly and her counsel for harassing our clients and making them defend this nuisance. I have reviewed the complaint and in my professional opinion, John Grisham could not have written a better novel. The only problem is that in court, fiction does not prevail."

Source: Scott Salomon, Esq.
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., July 22 /PRNewswire/ --

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Soundtrack Featuring Original Music by Award Winning Composer Danny Elfman

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Soundtrack Featuring Original Music by Award Winning Composer Danny Elfman to Be Released by Warner Sunset Records on July 12th

Film Marks the 11th Collaboration
Between Elfman and Director Tim Burton

The highly anticipated soundtrack from Tim Burton's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, starring Johnny Depp, which opens nationwide on July 15th featuring original music and songs by award winning composer and musician Danny Elfman (SPIDERMAN, GOOD WILL HUNTING) will be released by Warner Sunset Records on July 12th.

For CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Elfman's 11th collaboration with director Tim Burton, Elfman has composed the score as well as the original song "Wonka's Welcome Song," (with lyrics written by Elfman and screenwriter John August, and music by Elfman).

Elfman has also written the music for 4 other tracks with lyrics based on the lyric chants in the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" book by Roald Dahl. Elfman wanted to stay true to Dahl's words in the book, which had a wonderful rhythm to them.

For the first time since THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Elfman sings lyrics for the 4 Oompa-Loompa songs about four of the children who win tickets to tour Willy Wonka's incredible chocolate factory -- "Augustus Gloop," "Violet Beauregarde," "Mike Teavee," and "Veruca Salt," as well as the new original song "Wonka's Welcome Song." Elfman's orchestral score and sweet new pop songs perfectly set the mood for this visually stylistic film.

"This is the 11th film I've worked on with my friend and collaborator Danny Elfman," said Burton.

"Each time has been different and Danny is always an important character in the telling of the film. He has created yet another fantastic score that successfully reflects the movie."

Burton continued, "What was unique about CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY was the creation of the Oompa-Loompa songs. It was great fun to see Danny work within a number of different musical genres."

"The great part of working with Tim on the music was that he kept throwing me off center by suggesting different styles of music that I wasn't expecting. His ideas have so often led me to places that I wouldn't have thought of, but remain my favorites.

In particular on the songs for 'Charlie' Tim and I worked very closely together and the challenge was to give each song for each child their own distinct feel. 'Augustus Gloop' was inspired by big brassy Bollywood production pieces; 'Violet Beauregarde,' the gum-chewer, threw back to a retro 70's funk feel; 'Mike Teavee,' needed something frenetic and hyperactive like he is, the short attention span video game rock kid; and 'Veruca Salt' who goes down the garbage chute has lyrics about fish heads," said Elfman.

The Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated Elfman has been working in the motion-picture arena since 1985, when director Tim Burton -- fascinated by Elfman's playfully macabre music for the cult L.A. rock band Oingo Boingo -- called him to write the music for PEE-WEE's BIG ADVENTURE.

The Elfman-Burton collaboration continued with the clever and quirky music for BETTLEJUICE (1988) and reached a high point with the massive, gothic score for the original film BATMAN (1989), which won a Grammy for the composer -- and legions of fans, who felt that his Wagnerian approach gave the comics' Dark Knight a new and entirely appropriate sound.

Since then, Elfman has scored nearly all of Burton's cinematic excursions, including the touching EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990), with its delicately lyrical choral passages; the funhouse-from-hell music for the mad Penguin and Catwoman in BATMAN RETURNS (1992); the songs and score for the imaginative Halloween fable THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993); the '50s-style sci-fi score for MARS ATTACKS! (1996); the intense and powerfully orchestrated SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999); and the percussion-driven PLANET OF THE APES (2001). Five of Elfman's eight Grammy nominations are for Burton films.

Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, about eccentric candy-maker Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) and Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire.

Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw Golden Tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.

Source: Warner Sunset Records
BURBANK, Calif., June 22, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Recently, Chimaira have posted a new trailer to the DVD that comes out with the limited edition version of “Resurrection.”

The Ferret debut of Chimaira comes out on March 6th, 2007. The limited edition bonus DVD was directed by Todd Bell and features over an hour of footage from the recording of the album and more! Check out the trailer:

Don’t forget to check out Chimaira on tour:

Chimaira w/ Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, and He is Legend:

2/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
2/22 – Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center @ Red, Black, and Blue Festival
2/23 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
2/24 – Boston, MA – Avalon Ballroom
2/25 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Dome
2/27 – Toronto, ONT – Kool Haus
2/28 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
3/01 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
3/02 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/03 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/05 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
3/06 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
3/07 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
3/09 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
3/10 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
3/12 – Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
3/13 – San Antonio, TX – Sunset Station
3/14 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
3/16 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
3/17 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
3/19 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
3/20 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
3/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
3/23 – San Diego, CA – Soma
3/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
3/25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
3/26 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
3/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Air Pavilion
3/31 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
4/01 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
4/02 – St. Paul, MN – Myth
4/04 – Indianapolis, IN – Egytian Room @ Murat Centre
4/05 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
4/06 – Detroit, MI – State Theatre
4/08 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

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CHIMAIRA’s music video, ‘Resurrection’, the title track from their highly anticipated Ferret Music debut will be airing on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball on February 24th @ 10 PM EST.

‘Resurrection’, CHIMAIRA’s new recording, will be released on March 6.

The video for ‘Resurrection’ was directed by Todd Bell and features Mixed Martial Arts with concept and band performance. CHIMAIRA have combined forces with MMA fighter Maverick for a music video of epic proportions.

CHIMAIRA hit the road this Wednesday, February 21st, for The No Fear US/Canada tour alongside Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce and He Is Legend Dates are as follows:

Chimaira w/ Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, and He is Legend:

2/20 – Huntington, WV – Huntington Music Hall – OFF DATE
2/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
2/22 – Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center @ Red, Black, and Blue Festival
2/23 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
2/24 – Boston, MA – Avalon Ballroom
2/25 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Dome
2/27 – Toronto, ONT – Arrow Hall
2/28 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
3/01 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
3/02 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/03 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/05 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
3/06 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
3/07 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
3/08 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five – OFF DATE
3/09 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
3/10 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
3/12 – Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
3/13 – San Antonio, TX – Sunset Station
3/14 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom 3/15 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre – OFF DATE
3/16 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
3/17 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
3/19 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
3/20 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
3/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
3/23 – San Diego, CA – Soma
3/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
3/25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
3/26 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
3/27 – Spokane, WA – The Boulevard – OFF DATE
3/28 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
3/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Air Pavilion
3/31 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
4/01 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
4/02 – St. Paul, MN – Myth
4/03 – Bloomington, IL – The Lafayette Club – OFF DATE
4/04 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Murat Centre
4/05 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
4/06 – Detroit, MI – State Theatre
4/08 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

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Chris Hillman's "The Other Side," Released by Sovereign Artists June 21st

Chris Hillman's "The Other Side," Released by Sovereign Artists June 21st

CD is first new solo recording from the legendary singer/guitarist in over seven years

Fusing folk, alt country, rock and bluegrass, Chris Hillman's long-awaited new album "The Other Side" is set for release June 2lst by Sovereign Artists.

Featuring fourteen new recordings including amazing new interpretations of "Eight Miles High," "It Doesn't Matter," "True Love" and "Missing You," "The Other Side" is a stunning collection with true musicanship that emanates from the heart.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association last year, Chris Hillman has long been at the forefront of contemporary folk-rock and country music ---from his founding years as a member of The Byrds to The Flying Burrito Brothers to Manassas to Souther, Hillman, Furay to The Desert Rose Band.

On "The Other Side" Hillman merges his folk, country, bluegrass and rock roots and is backed by a stellar group of sidemen (and women!): longtime friend, collaborator "Other Side" producer Herb Pedersen on guitar, banjo and vocals, Sally Van Meter on dobro, Bill Bryson on stand-up bass, Gabe Witcher on fiddle, Skip Edwards on accordion and guest vocalist Jennifer Warnes ("The Water Is Wide").

All afford a breathtaking backdrop for Hillman's mandolin, guitar and soaring lead vocals, creating a musical space that is new yet familiar, old yet pristine and immediately cherished.

The release of "The Other Side" will be accompanied by tour dates both domestically and internationally. A complete track listing is as follows:

1. Eight Miles High
2. True Love
3. Drifting
4. The Other Side
5. Heaven My Home
6. Touch Me
7. The Wheel
8. True He’s Gone
9. Heavenly Grace
10. It Doesn’t Matter
11. Missing You
12. The Water Is Wide
13. I Know I Need You
14. Our Savior’s Hand

About Sovereign Aritsts
Sovereign Artists is an independent record label dedicated to quality, honesty and the power of music. With offices in Santa Monica, CA and Austin, TX, Sovereign Artists works with musicians across a diverse and eclectic spectrum of styles. Our collective goals are effective communication with fans, financial success from our efforts and the creation of great music. For more information, call (310) 314-4134 or log on to

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 22, 2005

Claims of Nick Carter Being Sentenced to Rehab are False and Misleading

Claims of Nick Carter Being Sentenced to Rehab are False and Misleading

Nick Carter pled guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater and the larger charge of a DUI (driving under the influence) was dismissed.

The guilty charge comes with state required minimum of 3 years probation, a small fine, 90 day restricted drivers license and a required three month alcohol program which can be fulfilled upon completion of his current tour with Backstreet Boys new album, "Never Gone."

"Reports of Nick being ordered to rehab are completely false and misleading, the sentence he received was the California State required minimums given to anyone found guilty of this charge," said publicist Juliette Harris, "we are grateful to his legal team, the court and District Attorney. His required fulfillment of the alcohol program will not interfere with Backstreet Boy's current touring and promotions of the new album."

Nick Carter regrets his mistake and looks forward to fulfilling his requirements and putting this incident behind him. As always he is thankful to his fans for standing by him and the Backstreet Boys.

Source: it girl public relations
LOS ANGELES, June 29 /PRNewswire/ --

CMA Announces 2005 Broadcast Awards Finalists

CMA Announces 2005 Broadcast Awards Finalists

Blue County And Miranda Lambert Make Announcement At Time Warner Center in New York City

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Final nominees for the nation's top Country radio stations and broadcast personalities were announced today when Curb Records duo Blue County and Epic Records artist Miranda Lambert teamed up to reveal the 2005 CMA Broadcast Personality and Radio Station of the Year finalists during the CMA Awards Press Conference at Time Warner Center in New York City.

This year's winners will be recognized during "The 39th Annual CMA Awards," broadcast live Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS Television Network from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Broadcast finalists were announced just before the announcement of the final nominees for the 2005 CMA Awards.

"It's important for CMA to recognize these stations and broadcast professionals for the work they do expanding the appeal of Country Music and helping to develop the careers of our artists," said Ed Benson, CMA Executive Director. "These nominees have shown creativity and strength in their markets and are applauded for being at the top of their trade."

Eligibility for the National Broadcast Personalities category included syndicated, short-form and hub voice-tracking personalities heard in at least three markets with a minimum of 40 shows per year. The judges narrowed the field to three among the entries for this category.

Five finalists are selected for Broadcast Personality of the Year and Station of the Year in four categories (Small, Medium, Large and Major Markets). The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. In 2005, ties resulted in six finalists for Major Market Broadcast Personality of the Year, Large Market Broadcast Personality of the Year and Major Market Station of the Year.

CMA members who are full-time air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the U.S. and Canada were eligible to enter. Personalities who were not individually CMA members were also eligible if employed by a CMA member station.

CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2004 were not eligible in 2005.

The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement and biographical information. Stations are judged on airchecks, ratings history, community involvement and format leadership.

An aggregate score of the first round of judging and the second round (which is done by a different panel of judges) determines the winners. The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP tabulates scoring by the judges.

The winners will be notified by phone and on the air by a Country Music artist in mid-October. The nominees are:



"After Midnite with Blair Garner" (Blair Garner) - Premiere Radio Networks
"The Crook and Chase Countdown" (Lorianne Crook, Charlie Chase) - Jim Owens Entertainment
"The Lia Show" (Lia Knight) - Jones Radio Networks

Major Market

"Big John and Ray" (John Howell, Ray Stevens) - WUSN, Chicago, Ill.
Bob Delmont - WPOC, Baltimore, Md.

"Cadillac Jack Afternoon Drive" (William Hyde Choate) - WKHX, Atlanta, Ga. "Dave Pratt in the Morning with Stacey Brooks" (Dave Pratt, Stacey Brooks) - KMLE, Phoenix, Ariz.
"The Laurie DeYoung Show" (Laurie DeYoung) - WPOC, Baltimore, Md.
Lisa Dent - WUSN, Chicago, Ill.
Large Market

"Country Lovin with Darren Tandy" (Darren Tandy) - WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
"The Eddie Stubbs Show" (Eddie Stubbs) - WSM-AM, Nashville, Tenn.
"Gerry House & The House Foundation" (Gerry House, Mike Bohan, Duncan Stewart, Al Voecks) - WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.
"Jim, Deb & Kevin" (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, Kevin Freeman) - WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
"The Original Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning Show" (Bill Dotson, Ed Skura, Aunt Eloise) - WTQR, Greensboro, N.C.
Vicki Murphy - WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
Medium Market

"Andy & Alison & The Morning Crew" (Andy Ritchie, Alison West, Jimmy Holt) - WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
"John Flint, Tammy Lee and the Q106 Morning Crew" (John Flint, Tammy Lee, Tim Morrisey, Pam Jahnke) - WWQM, Madison, Wis.
"Neal and Reese, The Moy'nin Boys" (Neal Dionne, Reese Rickards) - WBCT, Grand Rapids, Mich.
"The Ride with Gunner" (Ted Ousley) - WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
"WIVK at Night" (Jack Ryan) - WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
Small Market

"Barrett, Fox & Berry" (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry) - KKNU, Eugene, Ore.
"Dan, B.J. and Dude Show" (Dan Austin, BJ Stone, Dude Walker) - WQHK - Fort Wayne, Ind.
"Dex and Kim" (Bill Poindexter, Kim Carson) - WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
"McFly and The Ride Home" (Marty McFly, Stewart James) - WGSQ, Cookeville, Tenn.
"The Morning Waking Crew" with Mark Ericson & Danielle Carrier (Mark Ericson, Danielle Carrier) - WOKQ, Dover, N.H.

Major Market
KEEY - Minneapolis, Minn.
KMLE - Phoenix, Ariz.
KNIX - Tempe, Ariz.
KYGO - Denver, Colo.
WPOC - Baltimore, Md.
WXTU - Philadelphia, Pa.

Large Market
KASE - Austin, Texas
WKDF - Nashville, Tenn.
WQDR - Raleigh, N.C.
WSIX - Nashville, Tenn.
WTQR - Greensboro, N.C.

Medium Market
KSSN - Little Rock, Ark.
KUZZ - Bakersfield, Calif.
WBBS - Syracuse, N.Y.
WGNA - Albany, N.Y.
WSSL - Greenville, S.C.

Small Market
KTTS - Springfield, Mo.
WGSQ - Cookeville, Tenn.
WIXY - Champagne, Ill.
WUSY - Chattanooga, Tenn.
WWKI - Kokomo, Ind.

Source: Country Music Association

Columbia Records to Release Burt Bacharach's 'At This Time' on November 1st

Columbia Records to Release Burt Bacharach's 'At This Time' on November 1st

New CD, with Music and Lyrics by Bacharach, Stirs Musical and Emotional Passions

Album Marks First Time Bacharach Writes Lyrics for his Music and Unites Harmony and Love With Some Righteous Indignation ... With Contributions From Elvis Costello, Dr. Dre and Rufus Wainwright

Columbia Records will release At This Time, a new album by Burt Bacharach, which combines his passion about life with new stirring melodies performed by an orchestra of more than 35 musicians, on Tuesday, November 1st. The Academy Award and Grammy-winning composer writes lyrics - a first, he says - and sings vocals on one of the album's songs and a part of another, because "There are things I need to say."

Bacharach wrote lyrics for nine of the album's 11 songs, many with collaborator Tonio K. "People ask why a man who has been known for writing love songs all of his life is suddenly rocking the boat," Bacharach says. "I had to do it. This is very personal to me, and this is the most passionate album I have ever made.

"I had to express myself, not only musically but lyrically. It was time for me to ask, 'who are these people who are taking control of our lives and how do we stop the violence?' I've got two little kids and a 19-year-old son and I wonder what they're going to do with their lives. It's so personal to me that I even decided to do some of the singing. This is dedicated to my kids and your kids," Bacharach adds.

Collaborations on At This Time include Elvis Costello, with whom Bacharach teamed on the Grammy-winning album, "Painted From Memory" in 1998. Costello performs "Who Are These People," perhaps the CD's most-controversial and haunting track, with music by Bacharach and lyrics by Bacharach and Tonio K. "Who are these people that keep telling us lies?/And how did these people get control of our lives?/And who'll stop the violence 'cause it's out of control/Make 'em stop," Costello sings. Rufus Wainwright sings "Go Ask Shakespeare," which contains the lyrics, "I've been hoping for a better day/It's a long time coming but I wait anyway/Life's a miracle or a foolish tale/I don't know/Go ask Shakespeare."

Also contributing is Dr. Dre, with whom Bacharach started collaborating a couple of years ago. The original project changed, but Dre contributed drum loops for three of the tracks that Bacharach describes as "adventurous." Trumpeter Chris Botti co-wrote "Dreams" with Bacharach and performs on that track, as well as on "In Our Time." Other vocals are performed by singers John Pagano, Josie James and Donna Taylor.

The man who is known for such love songs as "What The World Needs Now Is Love," "The Look of Love," "I Say A Little Prayer," "Close To You," "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" and "This Guy's In Love With You," doesn't leave love behind, even in these complex times. Recognizing the themes are universal, he instead mixes melodic and beautiful music and lyrics with his life experiences to consider how love and compassion can enhance the actions of the world's leaders and nations, at a time that Bacharach sees as increasingly frightening.

In a first for one of music's most legendary and successful composers, Bacharach says he had "the freedom to write music without worrying about radio airplay or how many hits there would be" in order to write from his heart melodically and emotionally.

"I had the encouragement to take some risks, using voices we don't hear very often, such as the Greek chorus, interjections and vocal interruptions," he says. "I want radio and sales, too, but I was able to start from my own experiences and thoughts and adapt the music, rather than second-guess what tomorrow's radio programmers would need to hear."

Andrew Hale, from the band Sade, who was the A&R supervisor on the record, concurs. "It would have been easy to ask Burt to make another record that rested on his laurels, but here he's speaking from the heart. He's pissed at the administration, concerned about the world he is leaving to his children, and you can feel it."

At This Time will be released in the UK by Sony BMG Music. The project was originally commissioned for the UK, but Columbia saw its universal musical and emotional themes and appeal and is releasing it in the U.S., as well. UK release date is October 24th.

"I feel it is the most important album I have made and I am very proud of it. I'm pleased that Columbia is joining me in this journey, because these times require passion and emotion," Bacharach concludes.

Six decades into one of songwriting's most successful and honored careers - marked by 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs and more than 500 compositions and a landmark 47-year run on the charts, Bacharach's music continues to set industry records and creative standards.

The recipient of three Academy Awards and six Grammy Awards (including the 1997 Trustees Award with collaborator Hal David), he revolutionized the music of the 1950s and 60s and is regularly bracketed with legendary names such as Lennon and McCartney, Paul Simon, Leiber and Stoller, Cole Porter and the visionaries who pioneered new forms of music from the second half of the 20th Century in the 21st Century.

Tracks on At This Time are:

"Please Explain"
Music by Burt Bacharach and Denaun Porter
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.
Drum and Bass Loop Denaun Porter

"Where Did It Go?"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.
Drum Loop Prinz Board for Beets & Produce

"In Our Time"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Featuring Chris Botti

"Who Are These People?"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.
Featuring Elvis Costello

"Is Love Enough?"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.
Drum Loop Dr. Dre

"Can't Give Up"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.

"Go Ask Shakespeare"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.
Featuring Rufus Wainwright
Drum and Bass Loop Dr. Dre

Music by Burt Bacharach and Chris Botti
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.
Featuring Chris Botti

Music by Burt Bacharach
Drum and Bass Loops Dr. Dre

"Fade Away"
Music and Lyrics by Burt Bacharach

"Always Taking Aim"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.

There will be listening parties for At This Time in New York and Los Angeles.

Source: Columbia Records
NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Country legend, Johnny Lee, celebrates 25th anniversary of “Urban Cowboy."

Johnny Lee celebrates 25th Anniversary Of “Urban Cowboy


Tour Kick Off Begins With Multiple Dates At SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX

New York, NY - Columbia recording artists Mew return to the US for a special headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed albums And The Glass Handed Kites and Frengers.

A well kept secret in their native Denmark, Mew is one of the top Danish Music Award winners. The UK and US press have since championed the band for their uniquely lush, and intense sound. “A dazzling post-prog opus…brilliant” raved NME, while Rolling Stone proclaimed their sound as “abstract and beautiful.” Mew’s video for “Special” was voted the #1 video of 2006 by the fans of MTV2’s Subterranean, the most influential alternative music video show. The ultra hip and irreverent weekly newspaper, The Onion, voted And The Glass Handed Kites as one of the “Top 20 CDs of 2006.”

Mew’s headlining tour kicks off on March 20, 2007 in Washington, DC at Black Cat and runs through April 7, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA at Henry Fonda Theatre (full itinerary below). This tour will be proceeded by a handful of extraordinary performances at the 2007 SxSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, including shows for KEXP, Under The Radar and Mew’s live performance is an intense melding of sound and vision, “elegiac and wondrous in equal measure” raved


March 14 Austin, TX KEXP “Live from Austin City Limits”
March 15 Austin, TX party
March 16 Austin, TX Spin magazine party
March 16 Austin, TX Under The Radar magazine party
March 17 Austin, TX Filter magazine party
March 17 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
March 20 Washington, DC Black Cat
March 22 New York, NY Irving Plaza
March 23 Boston, MA Paradise
March 26 Toronto, ON Mod Club
March 27 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
March 28 Chicago, IL Double Door
March 31 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
April 2 Seattle, WA Neumos
April 3 Vancouver, BC Richard’s on Richards
April 4 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
April 6 San Francisco, CA Henry Fonda Theatre

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Crosby, Stills & Nash to Embark on Major North American Leg of Their 2005 World Tour

Crosby, Stills & Nash to Embark on Major North American Leg of Their 2005 World Tour Following Completion of European Itinerary

The legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trio Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) launch the North American leg of their World Tour 2005 on July 23 with a show in Florence, MA. Their two-month-plus Stateside sweep follows a nearly two-dozen date swing through eleven countries on the European continent that marked their first tour "over there" in over a decade.

The band hit the road this year in support of their most recent album projects, including Man Alive, Stephen Stills' new solo studio CD, released in Europe in June with a U.S. debut slated for August, and the Crosby/Nash 2-CD studio set Crosby-Nash. Also released earlier this year was the new single- disc Crosby, Stills & Nash retrospective Greatest Hits compilation.

CSN's coast-to-coast North American tour, comprised of almost three dozen dates, includes shows at Boston, MA's Bank of America Pavillion (7/30), an exclusive 2-night engagement at New York City's historic Beacon Theater (8/1-2), Wolf Trap/The Filene Center in Vienna, VA (8/13), Missoula, MT's Big Sky Brewing Amphitheater, and Vancouver, BC's Orpheum Theater (9/3). California gigs include shows at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa (9/7) and Los Angeles' Greek Theater on September 10. Currently, the itinerary concludes in Las Vegas on September 17.

When CSN formed in Los Angeles, they were an instant supergroup, each member emerging from one of the biggest acts of the era -- David Crosby from The Byrds, Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield, and Graham Nash from The Hollies.

Since then, as a trio and with Neil Young in CSNY, they've proved to be one of the most popular and influential acts in rock history, with peerless harmonies and classic anthems including "Carry On," "Marrakesh Express," "Long Time Gone," "Southern Cross," "Teach Your Children," "Wooden Ships," "Our House" and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes."

The Crosby, Stills & Nash World Tour 2005 is their first large-scale international road journey since 1992. On the road as three together, their North American dates will find them primed for a stellar homecoming that's not to be missed.


Saturday July 23 Florence MA Pines Theatre
Sunday July 24 Hampton Beach NH Hampton Beach Casino
Tuesday July 26 Hyannis MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
Wednesday July 27 Hyannis MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
Friday July 29 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga PAC
Saturday July 30 Boston MA Bank Of America Pavillion
Monday August 1 New York NY Beacon Theatre
Tuesday August 2 New York NY Beacon Theatre
Wednesday August 3 Bushkill PA Mountain Laurel Center
Friday August 5 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Casino Resort
Saturday August 6 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Casino Resort
Monday August 8 Uncaseville CT Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort
Wednesday August 10 Verona NY Turning Stone Casino Resort
Thursday August 11 Reading PA Sovereign Center
Saturday August 13 Vienna VA The Filene Center - Wolftrap
Sunday August 14 Solomons MD Calvert Marine Museum
Tuesday August 16 Salem VA Salem Civic Center
Thursday August 18 Hilton Head SC Sea Pines Resort
Friday August 19 N Charleston SC Oyster Shell
Saturday August 27 Salt Lake City UT USANA Amphitheater
Sunday August 28 Jackson Hole WY Snowking Amphitheater
Tuesday August 30 Sun Valley ID Sun Valley
Wednesday August 31 Missoula MT Big Sky Brewing Amphitheater
Friday September 2 Seattle WA Chateau Ste. Michelle
Saturday September 3 Vancouver BC Orpheum Theater
Sunday September 4 Goldendale WA Maryhill Winery
Wednesday September 7 Santa Rosa CA Luther Burbank Center
Thursday September 8 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery
Saturday September 10 Los Angeles CA Greek Theater
Sunday September 11 Visalia, CA Visalia Convention Center
Tuesday September 13 Alpine CA Viejas Casino - Concerts In The Park
Wednesday September 14 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Friday September 16 Laughlin, NV Flamingo Laughlin Hotel
Saturday September 17 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock

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LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --



(Nashville, TN) – Crystal Gayle, the first female country artist to achieve platinum sales for We Must Believe In Magic, has just released Crystal Gayle in Concert on DVD. Gayle’s many accomplishments (multi-Female Vocalist of the Year awards) has lead to being a fan favorite…and what more perfect than to capture a stunning performance on tape for the fans.

Gayle performs all of her greatest hits in this astounding concert special recorded live in 1982. Some of the hit that are on Crystal Gayle In Concert are “Gone at Last,

David Banner's New Album 'Certified' In-Stores September 20th

David Banner's New Album 'Certified' In-Stores September 20th

Mississippi Rap Icon 'Heals the Hood' With Benefit Concerts to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

Southern rap icon David Banner continues to explode at radio with his new smash hit single, "Play". The song now has a radio audience of close to 90 million with "Play," from his much anticipated album Certified, released on September 20.

The song is currently #3 on the Billboard Monitor Rap Chart and #4 on the R&B/Hip Hop Chart. The rousing Certified brings together some of hip-hop's hottest talent, including Twista, 8-Ball, dead prez, Jadakiss, and potential rap rookie of the year Lil Boosie, among others.

Banner also crafts fierce production collaborations with a host of in-demand superstar producers including Mr. Colli Park (DJ Smurf) who helmed "Play," Lil' Jon and Jazze Pha.

The Mississippi native has also organized a star-studded Benefit Concert at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 17, with proceeds going to aid victims of the worst natural disaster in our nation's history.

The benefit concert also includes performances by Nelly, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri, Big Boi, T.I., & Young Jeezy. He is also headlining another benefit concert on Monday, September 19, with some of NY's finest at B.B. Kings. The eclectic group of artists and entertainers sharing the stage with Banner include Q-Tip, Remy Ma, Styles P, dead prez, and Dave Chappelle.

Banner, a longtime voice of conscience in the hip-hop world, has devoted his recent energies to volunteering at Mississippi shelters and churches up and down his native state, providing aid, and comfort to thousands of Mississippi flood victims displaced by the storm. "Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for victims in Mississippi, Alabama, and New Orleans," Banner says. "I'm proud of everyone that's stepped up to join us in our efforts."

Doors for the September 17th Heal The Hood Hurricane Katrina Benefit open at 6:00 pm. Doors for the September 19th benefit open at 10:00 pm.

Source: SRC/Universal
NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2005 /PRNewswire/

Destiny's Child's #1's in Stores Tuesday, October 25

Destiny's Child's #1's in Stores Tuesday, October 25

Definitive Collection of Chart-Topping Hits From Pop/R&B's Premier Female Supergroup Features Three Brand-New Recordings Including 'Stand Up For Love (2005 World Children's Day Anthem)'

#1's to Be Available in CD and DualDisc Editions

Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records is set to release Destiny's Child's #1's, the first-ever collection of the chart- topping hits from the multi-platinum pop/R&B vocal supergroup, on Tuesday, October 25.

#1's brings together, for the very first time, 13 of Destiny's Child's biggest-selling and highest-charting hits -- from "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name" through "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier" -- along with three brand-new never-before-released recordings: the album's first new single "Stand Up For Love (2005 World Children's Day Anthem)," "Feel The Same Way I Do," and a new Beyonce track "Check On It" (from the upcoming "The Pink Panther" prequel starring Beyonce Knowles).

The DualDisc edition of Destiny's Child's #1's will include the album, in its entirety, on the audio-only side while the DVD side features the album's 16 songs in 5.1 stereo as well as music videos for seven songs -- "No, No, No Part 2" (featuring Wyclef Jean), "Say My Name," "Survivor," "Bootylicious," "Independent Women Part I," "Lose My Breath," and "Soldier." As a special bonus for Destiny's Child fans, #1's premieres an exclusive trailer featuring scenes from the opening of the upcoming "Destiny's Child -- Live In Atlanta" concert DVD.

Tracks on #1's are: "Stand Up For Love (2005 World Children's Day Anthem)," "Independent Women Part I," "Survivor," "Soldier," "Check On It," "Jumpin', Jumpin'," "Lose My Breath," "Say My Name," "Emotion," "Bug A Boo," "Bootylicious," "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Girl," "No, No, No Part 2" (featuring Wyclef Jean), "Cater 2 U," and "Feel The Same Way I Do."

"Stand Up For Love (2005 World Children's Day Anthem)" was written for World Children's Day, an event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children's causes worldwide. Over the past three years, more than $50 million has been raised to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and other children's organizations.

Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle are lending their voices and support as global ambassadors for the 2005 program. In this role, the members of Destiny's Child visited Ronald McDonald Houses around the world during their "Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It" global tour and have also donated a portion of their North American ticket sales to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Together, we can Give A Hand to help children in need. For more information about World Children's Day, please visit or your local McDonald's restaurant.

Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland -- along with Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles and Solange Knowles-Smith -- have recently announced the formation of the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up for the purpose of providing transitional housing for Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees in the Houston, Texas area. The Survivor Foundation extends the philanthropic mission of the Knowles-Rowland Center For Youth, a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston.

One of the world's top-selling musical acts of the late 90s and early 00s, Destiny's Child -- Beyonce, Michelle and Kelly -- accounts for the sales of more than 50 million records worldwide. The members of Destiny's Child, individually and collectively, have earned a phenomenal 38 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum RIAA certifications since the group's recorded debut in November 1997.

The group's most recent tour, "Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It" world tour, presented by McDonald's, included Destiny Child's first full-length concert appearances in North America in four years.

During the group's performance in Barcelona on June 11, 2005, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams announced that they would be retiring as Destiny's Child and moving forward to pursue personal goals and individual careers in music, theater, television and film.

Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records
NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ --

ELISE LEBEC "Possible Dreams" New CD

Pianist Elise Lebec hopes that when people hear her music, it helps them to dream about a better world and then encourages them to make those dreams come true. Her third album, POSSIBLE DREAMS, is a solo piano recording filled with 14 original compositions inspired by nature, love and hope for the future.

“Dreaming is one of the best of all human traits,” Elise says, “because it is much easier to attain a goal if you have already visualized it. What do you want your life to be like? What type of world do you want to live in? After you answer those questions, it’s logical to try to figure out how to make it happen. I hope that while people are listening to my music, they will think of new ideas and new ways of doing things. They might work toward large goals like peace for our planet or simply try to make their own life happier. Anything positive we add to this world makes it a better place for all of us.”

Elise has wide-ranging interests that often inspire her music. “I believe in peace, dreams, Mother Earth, love, evolving spirituality, angels, alternative healing, children, kindness and compassion, nurturing energy, and fairies, especially large ones,” she says. “I love nature, the arts, rain, wildflowers, the sound of wind in trees, sunsets and sunrises, streams and waterfalls, poetry, songwriting and moon rituals. I want to see our environment cleaned up. I want people to think for themselves and do meaningful things. I want everyone to have more fun.” Elise began her musical career under the name Tabitha. Her first album, TABITHA LEBEC PLAYS BILLICH, was instrumental piano music composed to be enjoyed in conjunction with paintings by world-renowned artist Charles Billich. Her second CD using the name Tabitha Lebec was a vocal album, BACK TO INNOCENCE, of all original material.

Elise spent time in Sydney, Australia, where she became a popular performer at both charity events and her own performance-art concerts. Elise also spent five years in England where she formed the band Post Pop Federation with Mike Lindup (Level 42) and also performed with Nigel Kennedy, Imogen Heap (Frou Frou), Kiki Dee (Elton John) and Colin Preston (Samantha Mumba). Elise also has worked with Chris Boardman, a top arranger for Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Celine Dion and more than 200 films. In addition, Elise’s song and vocals are appearing in the movie “Americanizing Shelly.”

Elise was born and raised in San Diego, California, the daughter of “a hippie who sat on the lawn and played the guitar a lot.” Her father brought home a variety of new age and world music albums, and at night Elise would fall asleep wearing headphones and listening to artists such as George Winston, Enya, Loreena McKinnit and Andreas Vollenweider. Elise began “messing around on the piano” when she was only four. Self-taught, she played piano every day.

“At first it was very personal because it was the only way I had to vent whatever was going on inside me.” As she got older, she learned pieces by Beethoven and Vivaldi, but also experimented with improvisation and stream of consciousness playing. In elementary school, Elise also participated in modern dance performances. In high school she continued to listen to new age acts like Deep Forest and Liz Story, but also got into rock music exploring a wide variety of classic artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Metallica and Morrissey. Elise also began performing “house concerts.” In addition to music, her other interests were reading (especially poetry, romance and psychology) and writing for the school newspaper. Elise moved to New Zealand where she lived on the ocean for two years and developed her songwriting and piano playing. Her next move was to Australia where she became in-demand as a musician to perform at charity functions. She organized a piano marathon at a mall to raise money for children who hope to study at the Royal School of Music. Elise’s own concerts in Sydney featured her playing original music on piano while other performers, including jugglers and fire-eaters, also entertained the audiences. Elise, who was a Steinway Piano-sponsored artist in Australia, walked into painter Charles Billich’s gallery one day, sat down at a piano there, and began playing. This led to a collaboration with Billich who was the official artist for the 1996 Olympics and who has a painting hanging in the Vatican. The TABITHA PLAYS BILLICH recording features Elise’s original piano pieces written specifically for various Billich paintings which are shown inside the CD booklet.

Elise expanded her musical ambitions when she moved to England where she began to sing professionally. She studied with top vocal coach Glenn Jones (who also has worked with Annie Lennox). Elise co-founded the band Post Pop Federation with Level 42 keyboardist Mike Lindup and Roland Chadwick, and they performed concerts and released (through Warner Bros.) a CD titled PPF.

As a solo artist, Elise played at top clubs including The Kashmir Klub (with Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde and Richard Thompson in the audience), The Troubadour, Floyd’s and the Bartok Café. Elise sang onstage with Kiki Dee, opened for Sheryl Crow and occasionally performed with Imogen Heap. In addition, Elise wrote and recorded the song “Rainbow” with Colin Preston (producer for Samantha Mumba), and Elise performed it on BBC-TV as the opening for the first British Kickboxing Championship. Elise also performed several times with best-selling alternative-classical violinist Nigel Kennedy.

After returning to the United States, Elise worked with Peter Bernstein (Elmer Bernstein’s son), who arranged and produced two tunes that tested at the top of the Music Research website. Then Elise teamed with Pat Robinson, who has written songs for Joe Cocker, Glen Campbell, Laura Branigan and Percy Sledge; and who has sung with The Textones, Dwight Twilley and Gene Clark. Lebec and Robinson co-wrote and demo-recorded several songs that are now being placed in forthcoming films including “You Could Be Next,” “Somebody Stole My Baby,” “A Chance in a Million,” “The Perfect Son,” “Voodoo Can Kill You” and “Wireless.”

While being managed by Joe Boyland (who managed Lynyrd Skynyrd for a decade and produced a Black Crowes DVD), Elise went to Nashville to compose with songwriter Robert Johnson (who wrote “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” for Celine Dion). Using her alternate stage name, Tabitha, Elise recorded and released her second album, BACK TO INNOCENCE, on which she sang her original songs in a simple, acoustic setting. She went on to record additional vocal material in conjunction with hot string arranger Chris Boardman. Currently Elise is spreading her arti

stic wings even further by writing a novel about a young woman’s journey through the music business. During her career, Elise has been inspired by a variety of musical artists including Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Natalie Merchant, The Cranberries, The Sundays, Sara McLachlan, Jose Gonzales, Madonna and Dead Can Dance as well as by the music on film soundtracks ranging from “Dear Frankie” to “Out of Africa.”

On her new album, POSSIBLE DREAMS, Elise has compositions that deal with hopes and dreams (“Possible Dreams” and “The First Time”), sleep dreaming (“Before Awakening” and “Imaginary Kisses”), nature (“Behold,” “A Drive Through Sunflowers” and “Cloudless Sky”), love (“Meeting You Again” and “Colors of the Heart”), and nighttime imagery (“Dark Before Light” and “Moonlight Dance”). Her original piano style mixes hauntingly-beautiful melody lines with tempo changes and stunning dynamics to create an absolutely unique sound.

“I have a strong hope for the future,” states Elise. “I want people to care more about taking care of children, cleaning up and protecting our environment, and expressing their artistic instincts. I believe in more female involvement in running our world so the nurturing energy will balance what men contribute. When I was a little girl, I was certain that anything and everything was possible. We must make sure that humankind never loses that yearning.” Elise’s CDs can be purchased at select music stores and gift shops nationwide, at major online stores such as and, or from digital download locations including More information on Elise is available at her website,

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Elton John Extends Contract With Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Nevada

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John, and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas announced today that the artist will extend his exclusive show "The Red Piano" at Caesars Palace through 2008. The new agreement provides for an additional 150 shows through 2008. (PRNewsFoto) LAS VEGAS, NV USA 06/15/2005

Elton John Extends Contract With Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

International Artist to Perform 'The Red Piano' Through 2008

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John, and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada announced today that the artist will extend his exclusive show "The Red Piano" at Caesars Palace through 2008.

"The Red Piano" originally was scheduled for 75 shows over a three-year period, beginning February 13, 2004.

Responding to overwhelming popular demand, the resort accelerated the initially planned 25 shows per year, completing the original commitment in fewer than 18 months. The new agreement provides for an additional 150 shows through 2008.

"I am absolutely delighted with the extension of 'The Red Piano,'" said the famed entertainer. "I love playing at The Colosseum and it is the best venue in Las Vegas. Thank You Caesars!!"

"We are delighted with the run-away success of 'The Red Piano' and Elton's agreement to extend his association with Caesars," said Caesars Palace President Mark Juliano.

"Caesars has a long-standing commitment to presenting premiere talent. The Palace's entertainment philosophy is a departure from the market's prevailing entertainment strategies, and it uniquely positions Caesars Palace as a Las Vegas destination where guests have an opportunity to see the world's greatest entertainers."

Performed exclusively at Caesars Palace, "The Red Piano" was directed and designed by David LaChappelle, with stunning visuals in the 4,100-seat Colosseum theatre.

Performing with the artist in "The Red Piano" are his band: musical director Davey Johnstone on guitar; Guy Babylon on keyboards; Bob Birch on bass guitar; John Mahon on percussion; and Nigel Olsson on drums.

"The Red Piano" debut on Valentine's weekend in 2004 netted top ratings from critics in the U.S. and abroad. Reviewers' comments included:

"Most exciting show in Las Vegas 2004"
-- Las Vegas Review-Journal

"A must-see." "A triumphant step forward"
-- Los Angeles Times

"Eye-popping, jaw-dropping ... Elton John is
Still Standing as one of pop's indestructible talents."
-- USA Today

"Elton John remains one of the world's genuine superstars"
-- London Telegraph

"Flamboyant rock star conquers Sin City!"
-- Rolling Ston

The legendary career of Elton John has spanned more that three decades. By all measures, he is one of the world's most successful touring artists and one of the top-selling solo artists of all time.

Elton John has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, with 29 consecutive Top 40 Hits and 35 gold and 25 platinum albums.

The last 18 months have brought non-stop triumphs for Elton John. In addition to performing for standing room audiences at Caesars Palace, he released in November 2004 "Peachtree Road," a critically acclaimed studio album; its debut single, "All That I'm Allowed," immediately hit the Top 20 in the United Kingdom.

While his Tony award-winning "Aida" and long-running "The Lion King" musicals reigned on tour and on Broadway, the artist wrote music for "Billy Elliot - The Musical." Based on the similarly titled hit movie, "Billy Elliot - The Musical" debuted in London's famed West End theatre district in May 2005.

According to Variety magazine editor Peter Bart, "'Billy Elliot' will clearly rank as one of the best musicals of its generation" (May 31, 2005).

Never content to rest on recent accomplishments, the artist also is working on songs for the Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures Broadway Musical "Vampire Lestat" with longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.

At Caesars Palace, Elton John's "The Red Piano" will be presented July 26-31 and October 4-23, 2005. Tickets are available by calling 888-4-ELTONJ (888-435-8665) or in person at the Caesars Palace Box Office.

About Caesars Palace and Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
Caesars Palace is a Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., resort. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment.
Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 67 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. On June 13, 2005, Harrah's Entertainment acquired Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and now owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah's, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names.

With nearly 4 million square feet of casino space, more than 40,000 hotel rooms and nearly 100,000 employees, the Harrah's portfolio is the most diverse in the gaming industry. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.

More information about Harrah's is available at its Web site --
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LAS VEGAS, June 15, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Elvis Week 2006 held August 8-16 at Graceland

The nine-day celebration of the late superstar's life is held throughout the city of Memphis with numerous events and charity benefits, culminating in the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15th attended by thousands. This year also commemorates the Golden Anniversary of his 'break out year' of 1956.

Each year since Elvis' death in 1977, thousands of people from around the world have gathered at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee to celebrate his life in a week of events now known as Elvis Week. This year's Elvis Week not only celebrates the life of Elvis Presley, but also commemorates the Golden Anniversary of his "break out year" of 1956 -- the year in which he released his first RCA single, made his first television appearances, released his first movie and achieved other career benchmarks.

The week is filled with numerous and varied activities such as the Annual Elvis Art Contest & Exhibit, 2006 Elvis Film Festival, Elvis Week Dance Party, Elvis Presley International Art Show and a special Graceland Scavenger Hunt.

Official Elvis Insiders ( club members from around the world gather for the Official Elvis Insiders Conference. Also returning this year is the annual Elvis Trivia Contest and the 24th Annual Elvis Presley International 5K Run and Fun Walk, benefiting United Cerebral Palsy.

The first ever EPE Elvis Tribute Artist Showcase is on Friday, August 11 and the Elvis Week Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey with The Imperials takes place on Saturday the 12th.

The annual Candlelight Vigil is Tuesday, August 15th. This is the largest Elvis Week event when thousands of fans walk up to Elvis' grave carrying a candle in quiet remembrance.

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Source: Elvis Presley Enterprises
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 4, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Eurythmics Ultimate Collection Celebrates One of the Most Successful Duos Ever, in Stores November 8th

Eurythmics Ultimate Collection Celebrates One of the Most Successful Duos Ever, in Stores November 8th

Multi-Million Selling Global Superstars Eurythmics Back Together for the First Time in 5 Years for New CD

19-Songs Feature Nearly Every U.S. and UK Hit, Plus Two Newly Recorded Songs: "I've Got A Life" and "Was It Just Another Love Affair?"

25 years after Eurythmics were formed in London by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart in late-1980, EURYTHMICS ULTIMATE COLLECTION celebrates their glorious string of hit singles in the U.S. and the UK, songs that continue to resonate with their legions of fans on every continent.

Clocking in with a generous 19 tracks, framed by two previously unreleased titles - the opening track and forthcoming single, "I've Got A Life" and the closing "Was It Just Another Love Affair?" - the new CD will arrive in stores November 8th on Arista Records.

"Eurythmics are true originals who are as electrifying today as when they first startled the world in 1980. Their new record 'I've Got A Life' is as strong as any of their vintage classics all of which are now part of their new album 'Ultimate Eurythmics'. This album clearly shows why Eurythmics are timeless and peerless," says Clive Davis, Chairman, BMG U.S.

"I've Got A Life" will go to AC radio on October 17th. An instant classic, "I've Got A Life" is as pioneering and anthemic as "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", "Who's That Girl?", or "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With my Heart)".

"Annie and I didn't plan to go in the studio, she was staying with me in Los Angeles and we seemed to spontaneously write and record some songs. It was just like the old days, songs coming at lightning speed and recorded and mixed in a week! I think they are Eurythmics Classics," says Dave Stewart.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart have sold over 75 million records and had over 20 international hits worldwide. They have achieved unparalleled global, commercial and critical success with No.1 singles and albums both sides of the Atlantic. On top of the sold out world tours, Eurythmics have won innumerable awards including 4 Grammy's, 5 prestigious Ivor Novello's, over 10 Brit Awards including the Outstanding Contribution to the British Music in 1998, and won the very first Best New Artist award at MTV's Video Music Awards in 1984. At this year's Golden Globe Awards, Stewart won "Best Original Song (with Mick Jagger) for "Old Habits Die Hard," while Lennox won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 2004 for Best Original song, "Into The West," (with Howard Shore and Fran Walsh).

Eurythmics played a large part in shaping the landscape of 80's and 90's music. The influence spreads wider than being innovators of the synth pop genre they are often credited for. Their songs have been pillaged by the biggest names in music; P.Diddy, Marilyn Manson, Utah Saints, Redman (Wu Tang), Faith Evans, Pink, amongst others. This doesn't include the unofficial usage that's gladly unavoidable within the dance and hip hop genre - just this summer Ibiza has been lit up with several huge versions of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," a record first made in 1983.

You just have to look through the track listing of EURYTHMICS ULTIMATE COLLECTION to remember the impact these classics had. This album is a tribute to why they are revered as seminal. With strong and intelligent pop songs; "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" and "Here Comes The Rain Again" which are hallmarks of the duo. While "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" showcases Annie Lennox's powerful and expressive voice.

On "Who's that Girl?" and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" Dave Stewart's innovative production techniques are as fresh today as they were on their first release. This album is a must have in any music collection, offering some of the most significant records of one of the most important acts the UK has ever produced.

(Arista Records)

1. I've Got A Life (new song, previously unreleased)
2. Love Is A Stranger (A, #54 UK)
3. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (A, #2 UK, #1 U.S.)
4. Who's That Girl? (B, #3 UK)
5. Right By Your Side (B, #10 UK, #29 U.S.)
6. Here Comes The Rain Again (B, #8 UK, #4 U.S.)
7. Would I Lie To You? (C, #11 UK, #5 U.S.)
8. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) (C, #1 UK, #22 U.S.)
9. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves, with Aretha Franklin (C, #9 UK, #18 U.S.)
10. It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) (C, #12 UK, #78 U.S.)
11. When Tomorrow Comes (D, #30 UK)
12. Thorn In My Side (D, #5 UK, #68 U.S.)
13. The Miracle Of Love (D, #23 UK)
14. Missionary Man (D, #14 U.S.)
15. You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart (E, #16 UK, #64 U.S.)
16. I Need A Man (E, #26 UK, #46 U.S.)
17. I Saved The World Today (F, #11 UK)
18. 17 Again (F, #1 Dance U.S.)
19. Was It Just Another Love Affair? (new song, previously unreleased)

Album key:

A - from Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (RCA Victor 4681, originally issued 1983)
B - from Touch (RCA Victor 4917, originally issued 1984)
C - from Be Yourself Tonight (RCA Victor 5429, originally issued 1985)
D - from Revenge (RCA Victor 5847, originally issued 1986)
E - from Savage (RCA Victor 6794, originally issued 1987)
F - from Peace (Arista 14617, originally issued 1999)

Source: Arista Records
NEW YORK, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ --

Exclusive 50 Cent DVD Available Now With Pre-Order Purchase of 50 Cent: Bulletproof

Exclusive 50 Cent DVD Available Now With Pre-Order Purchase of 50 Cent: Bulletproof

Never Before Released 50 Cent Concert DVD 'No Fear, No Mercy Live' Only Available Through Game Pre-Order

Vivendi Universal Games ("VU Games") today announced that an exclusive pre-sell offer for the gritty urban action video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof is now available at major retailers nationwide.

Consumers who pre-order 50 Cent: Bulletproof at retail will receive a never-before-released 50 Cent live performance DVD "No Fear, No Mercy Live," when they pick up the game at launch. Available this holiday for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, 50 Cent: Bulletproof will carry an MSRP of $49.99.

Recorded live on the "No Fear, No Mercy," European tour September 14, 2003 - October 9, 2003, the exclusive DVD includes nine tracks mixed by G-Unit producer Sha Money XL. The DVD, only available through the VU Games pre-sale, features live performances of:

1. "What Up Gangsta"

2. "Wanksta"

3. "Heat"

4. "U Not Like Me"

5. "Gotta Make it to Heaven"

6. "21 Questions"

7. "P.I.M.P."

8. "In Da Club"

9. "Poor Lil Rich"

About 50 Cent: Bulletproof

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

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

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

50 Cent: Bulletproof is being created in partnership with Interscope Records, Shady Records and Aftermath Records. 50 Cent: Bulletproof will be available for PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system in 2006.

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)

Vivendi Universal Games ( is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment(R), Radical Entertainment(TM), Sierra(R) Entertainment, Massive Entertainment(TM) and Swordfish Studios.

VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), Diablo(R) and World of Warcraft(R) from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), Leisure Suit Larry(TM), and Ground Control(R). VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.

"50 Cent: Bulletproof" interactive game (C) 2005 Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Vivendi Universal Games and the Vivendi Universal Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. Developed by Genuine Games, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Microsoft, Xbox and the Xbox logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or in other countries and are used under license from Microsoft.

"PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately).

Sony Computer Entertainment America takes no responsibility for this offer.

Source: Vivendi Universal Games
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

50 Cent: Bulletproof

by Vivendi Universal Games

Platform: PlayStation2

Release Date: November 22, 2005

In 50 Cent: Bulletproof, players take on the role of 50 as he gets caught in a web of corruption, double-crosses and shady deals that lead him on a bloody path through New York's drug underworld. Working with the unlikeliest of allies, the streets heat up as 50 Cent takes on the most dangerous crime families in the city, uncovering an international conspiracy with devastating implications.

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New York jazz pianist Falkner Evans loves the purity of the traditional jazz trio so he once again joins forces with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Matt Wilson on the second Falkner Evans Trio album, CLIMBING THE GATES, that features what Evans calls “complex structures with discernible melodies laid over the top, and lots of improvisation.”

Evans says, “The beauty of the trio is that the pianist gets to lead and control the harmonies, but there also is the group interplay that can inspire each of us in our improvisation and push the music to greater heights. Sometimes one of us will solo while the other two hold down the rhythm, but often Cecil and I will solo at the same time. It really gets dangerous, but exciting, when all three of us improvise at once. I truly appreciate the collective improvisation of the entire trio and the dialogue we are trying to achieve.”

CLIMBING THE GATES (on CAP Records) can be purchased online at webstores such as and, and at digital download sites including iTunes, Rhapsody and others. For more information on Evans, go to the label’s website at

“I’m very interested in complex tunes that sound simple,” explains Falkner. “The complexity can come in the chord progressions, harmonic movement or tempo changes, but then I like to superimpose a straight-forward melody or some dynamic improv over it. The main thing is to make sure the piece doesn’t sound like it is just an arranging or composing exercise, but that it has some component that hits home with the listener and brings them back for more. I want the music to be enjoyable on the first listen, but to open up and show its depth upon repeated playings.”

Originally from Oklahoma, Evans is best-known in New York City as a jazz pianist even though he comes from an eclectic musical background. Falkner’s interest in music took off in grade school when he heard an early Beatles single.

He began playing drums in fifth grade and started a group, The Mustangs, the next year. They became so popular because of their young ages, they were even hired to open for Conway Twitty. In tenth grade Falkner switched to playing piano and formed The Spring River Band that performed material by Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band. But in high school Evans also began listening to jazz like John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Miles Davis.

After high school, Evans joined one of Tulsa’s most popular bands, Friends, that performed five nights a week doing material by acts such as Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Evans then started his own group, the Edge Band, to play less pop-oriented material (Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter).

The group evolved into Essence which at first played soul and jazz-funk, before becoming a straight jazz band (the city’s top group performing jazz). Playing music by Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Essence opened shows for Pat Metheny, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, and Stan Kenton. Essence played five nights a week at the Nine o’ Cups jazz club.

Sometimes Falkner’s friend Jamie Oldaker (Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Stephen Stills) filled in on drums. Jazz acts traveling through Tulsa often stopped in (Bill Evans caught a set) and sometimes sat in (Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Milt Jackson). For several weeks each year, Falkner would travel to New York City to take piano instruction from Dan Hurley and to catch top jazz acts there (“Kenny Barron and Stanley Cowell were big influences when I saw them”).

In the early Eighties Falkner got the call to join the country’s top western swing band Asleep At the Wheel. He stayed with the band for four years of national touring, two albums (ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL on Dot Records and THE BEST OF ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: THE MILENNIUM COLLECTION), and appearances on television (“Austin City Limits” and the CBS-TV special “From Texas to Tennessee”).

The group performed in major venues from coast-to-coast including the Bottom Line in New York City and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. One notable concert was at the closing night of the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin on New Year’s Eve with Commander Cody (Lost Planet Airmen) and Maryann Price (Dan Hicks, The Kinks) sitting in.

Evans moved to New York City in 1985 and looked up Cecil McBee, whom he had first met in Tulsa. This connection led to a working relationship with Cecil on numerous performances around the city. One gig Evans recalls took place at the Sweet Basil club after he had only been in town a few days. “I was asked to sit in with Cecil’s group featuring Chico Freeman and Billy Hart. It was quite an introduction to New York.”

In the mid-Nineties, Evans became enthralled with Brazilian music by artists such as Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins and Antonio Carlos Jobim, so Falkner put together a band in that genre that performed at Birdland several times a year. This Latin-jazz band which also went into the studio to record, at times included guitarist Romero Lubambo (Herbie Mann, Grover Washington Jr.) and drummer Portinho (Paquito D’Rivera). It was during this creative period that Evans started writing his own compositions, which is appropriate because Falkner shares his first name with the last name of his third cousin, the famous novelist William Faulkner (whose publisher added the “u” to his last name). In addition.

Evans has studied with jazz pianists Joanne Brackeen (Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz) and Mike Longo (longtime music director for Dizzy Gillespie). Falkner credits Bill Evans as one of his biggest influences, but also has pulled inspiration from Keith Jarrett, Billy Strayhorn, Kenny Barron and Dave McKenna.

Falkner debuted his trio on disc with the CD LEVEL PLAYING FIELD which also featured several original compositions. The album received strong reviews from national magazines such as Cadence which said, “Evans is an expressive pianist who shows fine composing skills to complement his melodic playing style. In an unassuming way, he makes a convincing statement..He plays with a warm, lyrical touch, displaying a wholesome approach to improvising within the structure of the song.”

In addition, All About Jazz stated, “This is one of the best piano trios I’ve heard in awhile and is highly recommended.”

Evans’ trio colleagues on both CLIMBING THE GATES as well as his debut CD, LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, are both recording artists themselves with numerous albums as band-leaders. Cecil McBee is one of the masters of jazz bass and has played with Dinah Washington, Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Pharoah Sanders, Art Pepper, McCoy Tyner and many others.

Matt Wilson has spent the past decade as one of the more creative drummers on the jazz scene having played with Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, Janis Siegel, Dave Liebman, Charlie Haden and Curtis Stigers, among others.

The Falkner Evans Trio has a special connection beyond music – Evans and McBee are both natives of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Wilson (who spent time in the Midwest including attendance at Wichita State University) has Tulsa ties because his wife is from there. “What I like about working with Cecil and Matt is that they are so creative that no matter how many rehearsals we have, I never know exactly what they are going to do next. They play very free, which is exciting.”

Both of the Falkner Evans Trio CDs were recorded in the studio live-to-two-track with no overdubbing, additional mixing or effects added. “Our goal is to present a real acoustic sound, a pure experience with nothing between our music and the listener,” Falkner says. Although each tune has a solid framework for the listener to hang on to, there is plenty of soloing by all three musicians.

CLIMBING THE GATES contains five compositions penned by Evans (including the uptempo title tune, the Miles Davis-inspired “Talking Rocks” and the complex tempo-shifting “Feel Free”).

The trio also presents inspired covers of Thelonious Monk’s “Ask me Now,” Rogers & Hart’s romantic ballad “Easy To Remember” and Milton Nascimento’s lengthy-jam “October.” Falkner shows another side to his playing with one solo piano piece on the album, the melancholy “I’m Through With Love” (he decided to develop his own arrangement after hearing Keith Jarrett’s version).

“It’s very easy to be imitative in music, and very difficult to develop your own style,” explains Evans. “All we can ever hope for is to absorb many different influences as we go along, and finally distill those down into our own playing so that what we create has a fresh feeling. As an artist you have to do what feels right, but you know it when you have it.”

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Fantasia Enters the Billboard R&B Album Chart at #3

Fantasia on Select Tour Dates with Jamie Foxx Beginning December 29, 2006 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California

Loyal supporters and new fans of award- winning J Records/19 Recordings artist Fantasia bought up 132,964 copies of her self-titled second album in its first week of release, sending FANTASIA to a #3 debut on the Billboard R&B Album chart and #19 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Fantasia will also hit the road opening select dates for Jamie Foxx, beginning December 29th in Sacramento at the Arco Arena.

Fantasia's debut on the Billboard R&B Album Chart at #3 makes this her second Top 5 R&B Album Chart debut.

At the same time, "Hood Boy" featuring Big Boi from OutKast, the new album's opening track and first single pick, takes a sizable 15-point jump up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week to #38. "Hood Boy" was written by Johnta Austin and produced by Tone Mason. BET premiered the video on 106 & Park and already has the video in heavy rotation on BET and BETJ.

The album is already being showered with critical acclaim across the country:

"With a little voice writ large, like a firefly on streetlamp voltage, she's an excellent shouter and can achieve nearly instant liftoff in her singing. (If it takes one of her models, like Shirley Caesar, at least two bars of crescendo to explode, Fantasia can do it in one.)" New York Times (December 11, 2006)

"Fantasia Barrino has more vocal chops than any other female soul singer of her generation, and her upbringing on the gospel circuit taught her how to pump a song for every drop of passion." San Francisco Chronicle (December 10, 2006)

"A perfectly executed dance/R&B album that is sure to cross over into pop territory and challenge bigger stars like Beyonce Knowles." 3 1/2 stars, US Weekly (December 18, 2006)

"The ferocious 'Baby Makin'Hips' is Fantasia's best song to date, a potential shout-along classic on par with Mary J.'s 'No More Drama.'" 3 1/2 stars, Rolling Stone (December 3, 2006)

"'Hood Boy,' with its opening salvo of horns and a vocal assist from Big Boi, is one of the best R&B numbers of the year." Entertainment Weekly (December 15, 2006)

FANTASIA (which arrived in stores December 12th) follows-up Free Yourself, her RIAA platinum debut of November 2004, which contained "I Believe" -- the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 that an artist debuted at #1 with her first solo record (which stayed on top for 11 weeks) -- solidifying the former American Idol champion's career.

22-year old Fantasia -- who was the subject of a Lifetime original movie this past summer, The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not A Fairy Tale, the most viewed basic cable program on television, and Lifetime's second most viewed program of all time -- enlisted an impressive A-list collaborators for her new album, including Missy Elliott, Dre & Vidal, Midi Mafia, Diane Warran, Babyface, Swizz Beatz and Kwame.


Fri/Dec-29 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena

Sun/Dec-31 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena

Sat/Jan-6 Chicago, IL All State Arena

Fri/Jan-19 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center

Sun/Jan-21 Washington, DC Verizon Center

Mon/Jan-22 New York, NY MSG

Thu/Jan-25 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia

Sun/Jan-28 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena

Thu/Feb-1 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse

Fri/Feb-2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center

Source: J Records

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NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

Fifth Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days to Be Held October 6-15

The Daniel Pearl Foundation today announced that the fifth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days will be held October 6-15. Musicians worldwide -- amateur and professional -- are invited to participate in this global event and to use the power of music to help spread a message of hope and unity.

Many exceptional performances have already been scheduled this year, including the world premiere of acclaimed composer Steve Reich's "Daniel Variations" at the Barbican Centre in London, the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing music by Haydn and Glass at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and a Youth Bluegrass Day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

"Danny was a talented musician and principled journalist who respected all cultures and found magic in every person," said Judea Pearl, Daniel's father and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "World Music Days, which commemorates Danny's October 10th birthday, is his legacy to raise awareness of our common humanity. All musicians, no matter their genre, are invited to dedicate performances held from October 6th through 15th. We simply ask that they say a few words from the stage or in the program in affirmation of the principles for which Danny stood."

Since World Music Days' inception, artists from more than 60 countries with musical events large or small have united in this global network of concerts. This year's Honorary Committee is composed of luminary musicians and artists from many genres, including Salman Ahmad, Theodore Bikel, Yefim Bronfman, Hamza el Din, Ida Haendel, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Tania Libertad, Yo-Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Mark O'Connor, George Pehlivanian, Itzhak Perlman, R.E.M., A.J. Racy, Steve Reich, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Ravi Shankar, Russell Simmons, Barbra Streisand, and John Williams.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days

To participate, register online at

Musicians and artists are also invited to submit music, poetry, art, articles and dedications to the World Music Days eStage -- an on-line gallery and radio station showcasing words and music that affirm the oneness of mankind. This is not a fund raising event and musical groups incur no financial obligation by registering and participating.

About the Daniel Pearl Foundation

The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The world came to know Daniel Pearl as The Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan. Since then, he has been remembered more for his humanity and love of life than his senseless death. The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural understanding, to combat cultural and religious hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to enrich people's lives through music. For more information please visit

Source: The Daniel Pearl Foundation
LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Foo Fighters In Your Honor Opens to Biggest Sales and Best Reviews of Band's 10-Year Career!

Foo Fighters In Your Honor Opens to Biggest Sales and Best Reviews of Band's 10-Year Career!

310,595 Scanned First Week as Album Crashes Into Charts at # 2

Freshly back from a 10th Anniversary celebration at the site of the apocryphal Roswell NM UFO crash, Foo Fighters have cause to rejoice anew: The band's fifth album, the 2-disc In Your Honor has racked up the biggest sales week of their career, entering the Top 200 albums at #2 and selling over 310,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In addition their current single 'Best of You' is #1 on the Media Base Rock Chart and has jumped from 18 to 8 on the Digital Tracks Chart. Every one of Foo Fighters' albums has seen a stronger debut sales week than its predecessor, with In Your Honor's first week sales more than doubling those of the band's previous album, One By One. In Your Honor's international sales have skyrocketed as well with #1 albums this week in Australia, New Zealand & Sweden and #2 albums in the UK, Norway & Ireland.

Foo Fighters In Your Honor has also received the most positive critical response of the Foos' career to date, with THE NEW YORK TIMES hailing it as "an unexpected magnum opus," ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY calling it "the year's first great hot weather record," and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES adding "easily the best Foo Fighters record."

Foo Fighters return to the road for the foreseeable future this month, kicking off their European tour June 29 in Moscow. They will return to the States for a proper U.S. tour in September, following a second time headlining the prestigious Reading Festival.

Source: RCA Records
NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ --

Genesis Announces Dates for 'Turn It On Again' Concert Tour

Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford of the band Genesis will unveil the dates for their first N. American tour in 15 years at a live, online press conference to be held in NYC on Wednesday, March 7th at 11 a.m. ET. The press conference stream can be seen at

The band will trek through Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, Holland, UK, Monte Carlo and Italy before heading to 13 different cities across N. America.

The trio will be joined on stage by long-time Genesis sidemen, Chester Thompson on drums and Daryl Stuermer on guitar. Two of the world's greatest show technicians, award-winning lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe and acclaimed set designer Mark Fisher are working on plans for what promises to be one of the most impressive stage shows to tour this year.

The elite British band has achieved global success with over 130 million albums sold. Formed in 1966 by Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips, while still at school, the most successful incarnation was the late 70's early 80's line-up of Phil Collins taking on lead vocals and sharing song writing, with Rutherford and Banks. The Duke album topped the UK charts in 1980 with the hit single, Turn It On Again monopolising the airwaves.

In 1987, Genesis played sold out stadium shows across the globe, including four consecutive Wembley Stadiums.

For additional tour and ticket information, fan club membership and early access to tickets, visit

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Grateful Dead Tour Bus Ends Long, Strange Trip at Volo Auto Museum

Grateful Dead Tour Bus Ends Long, Strange Trip at Volo Auto Museum

After years of neglect, the Grateful Dead's original tour bus has been restored and placed on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL.

"She was the sound bus, the caboose, number five in a caravan and unofficially the party bus where the guys relaxed with their friends after the show," said Butch Patrick, owner of the bus and former child actor best remembered as Eddie Munster on television's "The Munsters."

Jerry Garcia and his band mates called the 1965 Gillig bus "Sugar Magnolia" and used it to tour the country from 1967 to 1985.

All of the original furnishings and decor have been preserved. The ceiling is lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who visited the bus.

As is the case with most of the cars at the Volo Auto Museum, the bus is for sale. The asking price is $200,000, Patrick said.

The museum is home to the world's largest collection of muscle cars and The George Barris TV & Movie Car Collection, featuring Grandpa Munster's Drag-U-La, the original Batmobile, General Lee, and other famous cars.

The museum is located in Volo, IL and open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $7.95. Special rates are available for children, seniors, active military, and veterans. Visit or call (815) 385-3644 for more information.

Source: Volo Auto Museum
VOLO, Ill., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ --

Gretchen Wilson Instructed by Doctor to Take Vocal Rest

Gretchen Wilson Instructed by Doctor to Take Vocal Rest

From Michele Schweitzer, (Gretchen Wilson's publicist), on behalf of Gretchen Wilson:

"Gretchen has been instructed by her doctor to take a vocal rest. There is nothing urgent about her condition. She has been working non-stop for 15 months and this is the best time for her to take a rest.

She has fulfilled all her commitments for the release of her new album, All Jacked Up (The Today Show, Live! with Regis & Kelly, Canadian press, radio satellite tour, etc..) and will perform, as scheduled, tonight at the Virginia State Fair."

The 2 dates that have been moved are Huntsville, Alabama from October 7th to December 17th 2005 ... and Perry, Georgia on October 8th which has been canceled with the hope of rescheduling in 2006.

Gretchen will begin The Revolution Tour, with Big & Rich and the Musik Mafia on November 4th in Houston, Texas."

Source: Sony Music Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Gwen Stefani 'Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005 - Harajuku Streetwear

Gwen Stefani Announces Fall Tour

'Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005' to Kick Off October 16

Gwen Stefani today announced her "Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005" in support of her hit multi-platinum album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Her first-ever solo tour coincides with the launch of Stefani's Harajuku Lovers line of accessories. Multi-platinum Grammy winners The Black Eyed Peas will be very special guests throughout the entire tour.

Since the album's release in late 2004, Love. Angel. Music. Baby has sold more than five million copies worldwide, on the heels of the hit singles "What You Waiting For?," "Rich Girl" (with Eve) and the #1 smash "Hollaback Girl."

The video for the next single, "Cool," will premiere on MTV next week.

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005:

October 16 - Phoenix, AZ - America West Arena
October 18 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
October 20 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
October 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
October 23 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
October 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - The E Center
October 26 - Denver, CO - Magness Arena
October 28 - Chicago, IL - All State Arena
October 29 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
October 31 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
November 1 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
November 3 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Borgata (w/o BEP)
November 5 - Washington, DC - Patriot Center
November 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
November 8 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Center
November 10 - Houston, TX -Toyota Center
Source: Interscope Geffen A Records
LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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(Nashville, TN) -- Hank Williams Jr. is joining Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Paul McCartney for ReAct Now: Music & Relief, a three-hour concert special airing Sept. 10 (8-11 pm EST)on CMT, MTV and VH1 to benefit the Katrina disaster relief campaign. The event will raise funds via call-in donations for relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“The American Dream is still very much alive, even in those that have suffered, and at a time like this we need to all join together and remember what being an American means,

Hootie and the Blowfish Surprise Troops at Appreciation Celebration in N.C.

Hootie and the Blowfish Surprise Troops at Appreciation Celebration in N.C.

Hootie and the Blowfish performed at a surprise USO show for members of the National Guard's 30th Brigade Combat Team, just back from Iraq, during a statewide celebration in Raleigh, N.C., June 25.

The State of North Carolina, the National Guard, the RBC Center, the Centennial Authority and the USO hosted a day of appreciation for 3,500 troops, who served more than 12 months in Iraq. The members of the band, who are USO tour veterans, have a long-standing commitment to supporting our men and women in uniform.

The National Guard's 30th Brigade Combat Team were stationed near Baghdad and provided both security and reconstruction assistance. They were among the first units to rotate into the "front lines" to provide relief for other service men and women.

The celebration included games, music, presentations and activities for the entire family. Government officials and senior military leaders were on hand to salute the troops. The event venue, the RBC Center, was donated by the Centennial Authority and attracted more than 10,000 people. The USO of North Carolina provided on-site assistance to service members and their families.

The South Carolina-based quartet has participated on three USO tours, visiting troops in Hungary, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Japan. The group hit it big in 1995, when their first single, "Hold My Hand," burst into the Top 10.

They went on to record several more successful albums and eventually sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Hootie and the Blowfish will release their newest album, "Looking for Luck," on August 9. A follow-up to 2003's self-titled release, this project is the band's debut on Vanguard Records. The band will spend the summer touring the country playing their time-tested hits and new material.

About the USO: For more than 64 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale and recreation-type services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services.

The USO is supported by World Partners Anheuser-Busch Companies, AT&T Corporation, Avon Products, Inc., BAE SYSTEMS, Bass Pro Shops, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Computer Systems Center, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Military Channel, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Other organizations, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at

Source: USO
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

INXS Signs New Recording Agreement With Epic Records/SonyBMG; New MSN Website

INXS Signs New Recording Agreement With Epic Records/SonyBMG

INXS to Record New Album Featuring Winner of Upcoming CBS Series Rock Star: INXS

The multi-platinum rock band INXS is about to kick off a new phase of its storied career. On the eve of this summer's much-buzzed-about CBS reality series Rock Star: INXS (premiering Monday, July 11, 9:00-10:00PM ET/PT), which follows the famed Australian band on its quest to find a new lead singer, INXS has inked a worldwide recording agreement with Epic Records/SonyBMG. The band will release its long-awaited new album in late 2005.

INXS' debut album for the label will feature the winner of the Rock Star: INXS competition. The ambitious series, executive-produced by Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice), goes where no show has gone before, spanning 22 cities and 6 continents in its search for singers. Following the week of premiere, Rock Star: INXS will be seen regularly on Mondays (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), Tuesdays (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesdays (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

INXS' Andrew Farriss said: "We're very happy to be joining the Epic family and can't wait to get back into the studio to record again. It's been too long! Everyone in the band is truly looking forward to the months ahead and this great new chapter in our career."

For the following 13 weeks INXS (Andrew, Tim and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers) will assess a group of 15 candidates in everything from songwriting to live performance. The winner will record an album with the band -- their first since the death of frontman Michael Hutchence in November 1997 -- and embark on a worldwide arena tour spanning more than 100 cities.

Legendary A&R man John Kalodner (Aerosmith, Jimmy Page) will serve as A&R consultant on the band's album.

Over the course of their 25-year-career, INXS has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and scored #1 hits on 4 different continents. They've racked up 23 UK hits, 17 U.S. Billboard hits (7 of which were top 10), 33 Australian hits and 6 consecutive top ten UK and US albums. They've performed over 4,000 live shows for more than 25 million people in almost 50 countries.

Source: Epic Records/SonyBMG
NEW YORK, July 7, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

MSN Launches Official Web Site for Mark Burnett Productions' 'Rock Star: INXS,' Giving Viewers New Ways to Engage With Reality Show

Interactive Site Includes Weekly Online Voting, Exclusive Video, Contestant Blogs, Music Downloads, Rock-and-Roll Trivia, Photo Galleries and More

MSN is giving fans new ways to take part in the reality-show craze by launching , the official Web site for Mark Burnett Productions' "Rock Star: INXS."

The show, which aims to find a new lead singer for the multiplatinum rock band INXS, premieres July 11 on the CBS Television Network in the U.S.

The fully interactive Web site will complement the TV show and bring viewers further inside the competition through weekly online voting, exclusive video, contestant Web logs (blogs), music downloads and more. The site marks the first time a Mark Burnett Productions TV reality show has used online voting to influence the outcome on a weekly basis. extends and enhances "Rock Star: INXS" by giving fans unique opportunities to connect with the contestants and with one another. Fans who log on will get the inside scoop on the contestants' dreams and struggles from childhood through today, as well as the fights and friendships that develop when 15 ambitious rockers are put together in one house. also includes exclusive community-building features that allow fans to connect with one another to talk about their favorite songs and contestants as they vote on who will make it to the next round.

Beginning July 11, viewers can do the following: -- Vote for their favorite contestants through and MSN(R) Messenger, which allows people to vote while chatting with friends about the show in real time. Wireless voting also will be available.
-- Watch exclusive "Rock Star: INXS" video not seen on TV, available only through MSN Video.
-- Watch streaming video of contestant performances on MSN Video to relive the highlights and the lowlights before casting a vote.
-- Purchase the contestant performances on MSN Music. Not only can fans download and own their favorite musical moments from the show, downloads of the original artists' versions of contestant performance songs also will be available for purchase on MSN Music.
-- Read contestant blogs on MSN Spaces that tell fans about everything from their backgrounds to what it's really like onstage, offstage and backstage.
-- Chat with other "Rock Star: INXS" fans through MSN Messenger and download special "Rock Star: INXS" emoticons, dynamic display pictures, backgrounds and winks to spice up their instant messaging (IM) conversations.
-- Play rock-and-roll trivia games created by Cranium Inc. for MSN Encarta(R).
-- Sign up for MSN Alerts and a weekly newsletter that give fans the scoop on everything related to "Rock Star: INXS."
-- View weekly "Rock Star" photo galleries and rock-and-roll fashion features.
-- Buy merchandise featured on "Rock Star: INXS" through MSN Shopping.
-- Get weekly fashion tips from the "Rock Star: INXS" official show

Beginning July 18, visitors to also can enter the "You Be a Rock Star" sweepstakes to win a trip to Los Angeles, where one winner be treated like rock royalty. The winner will stay at a luxury Hollywood hotel, spend an afternoon at an L.A. celebrity spa, and be whisked by limo to the red-carpet finale of "Rock Star: INXS" and the exclusive post-show party. The winner also will receive $1,000 spending money, a digital music player with 100 free downloads from MSN Music, and a rock-and-roll makeover from the "Rock Star: INXS" official show stylist. Sweepstakes details and full rules can be found at .

"We're thrilled to work with MSN to not only give fans the opportunity to get to know this incredibly talented group of contestants, but also bring them inside the competition," Burnett said. "MSN's great combination of high-quality video and music services and interactive communications tools like MSN Spaces and MSN Messenger give fans an amazing opportunity to develop a powerful connection with the show and with fellow 'Rock Star: INXS' fans watching around the world."

"The contestants on 'Rock Star: INXS' are an amazing group of people -- talented, fun and unbelievably charismatic," said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the MSN Information Services & Merchant Platform division at Microsoft Corp. "Working with 'Rock Star: INXS' gives us the opportunity to work with one of the best television producers in the game, while giving fans a great interactive experience and a taste of what it's like to live the rock-star dream."

"Rock Star: INXS" will be broadcast on CBS three times a week beginning with a special one-hour premiere on Monday, July 11 (9-10 p.m. EDT/PDT), followed by a one-hour broadcast on Tuesday, July 12 (10-11 p.m. EDT/PDT) and a half-hour edition on Wednesday, July 13 (9:30-10 p.m. EDT/PDT). Beginning the following week, "Rock Star: INXS" will be seen regularly on Mondays (9:30-10 p.m. EDT/PDT), Tuesdays (10-11 p.m. EDT/PDT) and Wednesdays (9:30-10 p.m. EDT/PDT).

The show also will be aired in Canada, Australia and some Asian countries. Airtimes, stations and voting windows will vary by market.

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iTunes Music Store Downloads Top Half a Billion Songs

iTunes Music Store Downloads Top Half a Billion Songs

Apple (R) today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than half a billion songs from the iTunes(R) Music Store.

The 500 millionth song, Faith Hill's "Mississippi Girl," was purchased yesterday by Amy Greer from Lafayette, Indiana, and as the grand prize winner she will receive 10 iPods to share with family and friends, an iTunes gift card for 10,000 songs and an all-expenses paid trip for four to see Coldplay on their world tour.

"Just over two years ago, we sold our first song. Yesterday, we sold our half billionth song. WOW!" said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "As we cross this major milestone, we couldn't be more excited about the future of digital music, iTunes and the iPod."

"Steve and Apple's impact with their complete thought of iPod and iTunes will be looked back upon as important as any instrument or device ever created for the music industry," said Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod(R) and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac(R) and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online.

The iTunes Music Store features more than 1.5 million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent record labels, 10,000 audiobooks, gift certificates and exclusive music not found anywhere else online.

Apple recently launched iTunes 4.9 with everything users need to discover, subscribe, manage and listen to Podcasts built right in. iTunes customers have subscribed to more than five million Podcasts from the iTunes Podcast Directory which now features over 6,000 free audio programs, making it one of the largest Podcast directories in the world.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.

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

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

Source: Apple Computer, Inc.
CUPERTINO, Calif., July 18, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --


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James Brown dead at age 73- Godfather of Soul dies on Christmas morning 2006

VH1 and VH1 Classic Celebrate the Life of the Godfather of Soul

VH1 Presents an Encore of James Brown's Final In-Depth Documentary '(inside)Out: James Brown's Last Chance' Wednesday December 27 5:00PM

VH1 Classic Will Air Brown's Last Televised Appearance From The 2006 UK Music Hall Fame Friday December 29 11:00PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Originally aired January 13 of 2005, "(inside)Out: James Brown's Last Chance," chronicled Mr. Brown along his rocky road to resuscitate his reputation, recapture his audience, and regain his place in American Pop Culture. VH1 had unprecedented access to Mr. Brown and his world, including his trusted inner circle: his new wife, Tomi Rae Brown; his manager, "SuperFrank," and his trusted 40-year associate, Mr. Bobbit. Sadly, the documentary marked the final, most significant look into the private world of this legendary artist.

Narrated by the Rev. Al Sharpton, "(inside)Out" followed Mr. Brown on the road, and revealed the toll it took on the aging legend. Although James Brown was full of life and passion for his craft at the time, he was struggling to reestablish himself as a marketable force on the current music industry landscape. VH1 will re-air the special on Wednesday December 27, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. and another airing on Friday December 29 at 1:00 p.m.

In addition to VH1's programming, VH1 Classic will honor the late James Brown by re-airing the music legend's final televised appearance from last month's "Third Annual UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony." The special extended edition of the induction ceremony will re-air on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 11:00 PM, and Friday, December 29, 2006 at 11:00 PM.

Brown, dubbed the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business" was inducted at London's Alexandra Palace last November and performed his classic hit "I Feel Good."

The show originally aired on VH1 Classic on Friday, November 24. Artists honored along with Brown included Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield and Bon Jovi as well as legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin who received this year's Honorary Membership in recognition of his exceptional contribution to British music.

Throughout the weekend, VH1 Classic will also air some of Brown's most notable videos including "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "Living In America" as well "(inside)Out: James Brown's Last Chance" on Friday, December 29 at 10:00 PM.

"The Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- James Brown indisputably earned each of these mighty titles. Brown's impact and influence on American music is undeniable, and he had 54 Top Ten Singles, and 44 gold records to show for it.

Brown will be remembered for his electrifying stage performances, his athletic stamina, mastery in musicianship and split-second timing. When people think of James Brown they will always recall his the sum of his legendary greatness.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60's, 70's and 80's, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. Learn more at

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Statements About James Brown

Pat Boone Issues Statement Over the Death of James Brown, Says the Singer Was a ' ... comet blazing across the night sky ... '

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Music giant Pat Boone like millions of Americans was hit by shock, over the death of legendary icon R&B singer James Brown. Boone recently released his new CD Pat Boone R&B Classics -- We Are Family that featured James Brown in a new-recorded version of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."

"My friend James Brown was a comet, blazing across the night sky for 50 years. Thankfully, we can still enjoy the brilliance long after the star burns out. I'll forever treasure the private time we shared in Augusta when we recorded one of his classics together; he was deeper and more spiritual than many realized. I'm looking forward to our next meeting." --Pat Boone

James Brown always referred to Boone as "Soul brotha' No. 2." He would often kid Boone about Boone's parents' appetite for chitlins.

Ollie E. Brown, producer for Boone's recent music project, shares in Boone's sorrow. Brown was also a personal friend to James Brown.

Source: Boone Enterprises

Statement by President Bush about the death of singer James Brown:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by President Bush:

Laura and I are saddened by the death of James Brown. For half a century, the innovative talent of the "Godfather of Soul" enriched our culture and influenced generations of musicians. An American original, his fans came from all walks of life and backgrounds. James Brown's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas.

Source: White House Press Office

Press Conference Today Regarding Passing of James Brown

There will be a press conference Monday, December 25, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the life, legacy, and passing of James Brown. In attendance will be his manager Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music, his personal manager Charles Bobbit, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Location is the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Atlanta at 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia. The press conference will take place in the Dunwoody Room.

PRNewswire -- Dec. 25, 2006
Source: Intrigue Music

Additional Comments about the passing of legendary musician James Brown:

"I had the opportunity to meet him and present an award to him this year with Al Shaprton , Jesse Jackson and others. I spoke in front of hundreds in his honor. I looked directly at him. He smiled while I told him how I used his music with mine and how much he's done for us and how I love him. I'm lucky to have had that moment, shook his hand. He was pure greatness." - Nas

"James Brown was the first solo singer that I loved as a kid. He was not only the Godfather of Soul, but the Godfather of Funk and Rap. Music will never be the same..." - Ice Cube

"I am hurt. That's my Godfather, my soul inspiration, the hardest working man in showbizness of all time. He'll be missed, but his music and his legacy will live on through me, in everyway you can imagine. Soul brother #1...we miss you James Brown." - Snoop Dogg

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Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM), New York's Number One for Hip Hop & R&B, will host its POWERHOUSE 2005: OPERATION TAKEOVER concert on Thursday, October 27, 2005, 8:00 p.m. at the Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ.

History will be made as Jay-Z takes the stage for an extraordinary night of his greatest hits and historic collaborations with an impressive list of surprise special guests. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon during an exclusive interview with Jay-Z and Power 105.1's Ed Lover.

"I declare war," stated Jay-Z during the interview. He later went on to say: "I'm getting the itch. I need the fever. You know what I'm saying. I need to see the people so plus you know I mean that's what we want to do. It's time for a good show in New York City. I gotta bring it back."

Tickets to the general public will be available starting Saturday, September 17th at NOON thru and Ticketmaster Charge by Phone only (201-507-8900, 631-888-9000, and 212-307-7171). Tickets will not be sold at the Continental Airlines Arena Box office on Saturday. If tickets remain they will be sold at the box office beginning Monday, September 19 at 11 a.m.

With an audience of more than 1.9 million, Power 105.1 is one of the most listened to hip hop and R&B station in America. For concert updates, log on to

Source: Power 105.1
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Jesse McCartney to Release 'Right Where You Want Me' September 19

Hot off the heels of his platinum debut album Beautiful Soul, Jesse McCartney is set to release his follow up album Right Where You Want Me September 19 on Hollywood Records. The first single, also titled "Right Where You Want Me" was written by McCartney, the songwriting team Adam Watts & Andy Dodd, who also penned "Beautiful Soul", and his guitar player Dory Lobel.

Said McCartney, "I'm really happy with the song. It takes me in a new direction musically but still has a familiar element of 'Beautiful Soul'." The single arrived at radio July 11 and the video was shot this weekend by Big TV (Maroon 5, Lauryn Hill, and KT Tunstall). "Right Where You Want Me" can be heard on

For Right Where You Want Me, Jesse co-wrote all the songs on the album, working with such writers and producers as Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks, Greg Wells, Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders, Marti Fredricksen, Eman, and the aforementioned Adam & Andy. Jesse will preview his new material this summer in a series of festival dates before launching his headlining tour this fall.

Jesse's debut album Beautiful Soul has been certified platinum with over 1.5 million records sold, spawning hits at Top 40 radio, MTV and AOL music, and resulting in sold out concerts, countless TV appearances and award show nominations, and a highly visible holiday TV campaign for Wal-Mart.

The accolades and achievement went well beyond the US and traveled far across several ponds. Beautiful Soul yielded platinum #1 status in Australia and Taiwan, as well as gold records in Canada and Italy.

Source: Hollywood Records
BURBANK, Calif., July 12, 2006 /PRNewswire/

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JLO by Jennifer Lopez and Quepasa Team Up to Reach Hispanic Shoppers Online

JLO by Jennifer Lopez and Quepasa Team Up to Reach Hispanic Shoppers Online

Quepasa Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: QPSA) , a leading provider of online products and services to U.S. Hispanics, announced Wednesday a marketing agreement with the JLO by Jennifer Lopez brand holding Company, Sweetface Fashion.

"In a similar way to how Quepasa pioneered the Hispanic Internet on a national level in the United States during the late 90's, Jennifer Lopez started the trend of celebrity fashion brands in 2001," said Jeffrey Peterson, Quepasa Chairman and Founder. "This is a perfect example of how the strong Quepasa brand can be leveraged in an online product launch to a new audience."

Peterson noted that U.S. Hispanic Internet users, on a per session basis, spend more time evaluating items and are more likely to make a purchase. "To optimize effectiveness online, we look for the most sophisticated and timely product offerings," he added. "With our audience, the entire JLO clothing line is a perfect fit."

About Quepasa Corporation

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Quepasa Corporation is a leading provider of online products and services to Hispanic and Latino users throughout the U.S. and certain areas of Latin America.

About Sweetface Fashion Company

In April 2001, Jennifer Lopez joined forces with Andy Hilfiger to form the JLO brand holding company, Sweetface Fashion Company. Under the Sweetface umbrella, Jennifer and Andy have created a complete lifestyle brand with 11 different product categories and including Girls, Swimwear, Fragrances (Glow by JLO, Still Jennifer Lopez, Body Glow by JLO, Miami Glow), Eyewear, Jewelry, Hats, Gloves, and Scarves, Outerwear, Handbags, Lingerie, Watches and Footwear.

In July 2002, Sweetface began international distribution to Canada and Central America and in June 2004, Sweetface partnered with Crocus International to open the first JLO boutique in the Crocus Mall in Russia. In February 2005, at Olympus Fashion Week in NYC, Jennifer Lopez and Andy Hilfiger showcased their JLO and Sweetface collections for Fall/Holiday 05.

Following the response they received during Fashion Week, the new women's contemporary brand, Sweetface, was shown to retailers in June and will hit stores in October of this year. For more information, visit, Quepasa, and the logo are registered trademarks of Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries.

Source: Quepasa Corporation
PHOENIX, Sept. 21, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

John Lennon Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries for 2005 Competition


John Lennon Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries for 2005 Competition

(New York, September 7, 2005) -- The 2005 John Lennon Songwriting Contest has launched Session II and is accepting entries through December 15, 2005.

The internationally renowned year-round Contest is open to both amateur and professional songwriters who can enter songs in one or more of 12 categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and/or Children's. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable).

Instrumental compositions are encouraged. Neither performance nor production value is considered by the judges who, for this Session, are Robin Gibb (Bee Gees’ catalog is the greatest selling catalog of all time), Sony VP of A&R/former MTV VJ Matt Pinfield, Columbia artist Lyfe Jennings, songwriter Jesse Harris (Norah Jones) and chart-busting newcomer Teairra Mari.

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The Session II Grand Prize Winners’ announcement will be made on March 1, 2006

Entries will be accepted through the mail, online at, where a complete set of rules can be found, and through , which is offering a special 6 month membership package to those who enter.

Prizes include EMI publishing contracts, studio equipment from Brian Moore Guitars, Roland, Edirol, and Audio- Technica, as well as 1,000 CDs in full color premium 6-panel Digipaks courtesy of Disc Makers and gift certificates from In addition, one entrant in the rock category will be selected by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman to perform for one week on Warped Tour ’06.

The two Sessions which make up this year’s Contest will result in 72 Finalists and 24 Grand Prize Winners. The public will then be encouraged to vote on-line and help select the year’s 12 Lennon Award Winners/

The Maxell Song of the Year will be selected from those 12 Lennon Award Winners by the stellar Executive Committee which includes John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Elton John, Carlos Santana, Enrique Iglesias, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, Carol Bayer Sager, and a host of other renowned performers and songwriters. The $20,000 check, courtesy of the Maxell Corporation, will be presented to the winning songwriter at the NAMM Summer Session in Austin, Texas in July ‘06.

About the John Lennon Songwriting Contest:

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, in its ninth year, is dedicated to providing opportunities to both professional and amateur songwriters. Winners in 12 categories receive awards and prizes totaling over $240,000. The $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year is selected by a stellar Executive Committee including Elton John, Tim McGraw, Wyclef Jean, Sugar Ray, Carlos Santana, Black Eyed Peas John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, Mary J. Blige, Nick Lachey, and many more. Sponsors of the Contest include Maxell, Roland, Brian Moore Guitars, Audio-Technica, EMI Music Publishing,, and Disc Makers.

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon who said "I hope this Contest will encourage, inspire and help the songwriters of the world to share their dreams with us."

John Lennon's Most Revolutionary Songs Collected for New Capitol/EMI Soundtrack to Controversial New Documentary Film

The "U.S. vs John Lennon" CD Features 19 Original John Lennon Tracks, Including 'Imagine,' 'Instant Karma (We All Shine On),' 'Nobody Told Me,' 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' and Two Previously Unreleased Tracks

The CD's Package includes newly-penned lLiner notes by Yoko Ono Lennon.

Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release the original soundtrack album to the highly-anticipated feature length documentary film, The U.S. vs John Lennon.

The soundtrack, available on CD and digitally on September 26, collects John Lennon's most evocative songs, including "Imagine," "Nobody Told Me," "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)," "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," and "Power To The People," as well as two previously unreleased tracks, "Attica State," recorded live at 1971's "John Sinclair Freedom Rally" benefit concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the film's instrumental version of "How Do You Sleep." The CD and digital album packaging will include a liner notes essay written exclusively for this release by Yoko Ono Lennon. The controversial film, distributed by Lions Gate Films (Crash, Fahrenheit 9/11), will open in New York and Los Angeles theaters on September 15, followed by wide release at the end of September.

"Never in a million years, did we think that promoting World Peace could be dangerous. Were we naive? Yes, on that account, we were. John sings: 'Nobody told me there'd be days like these.' That was his true confession," says Yoko Ono Lennon, "These songs have become relevant all over again. It's almost as if John wrote these songs for what we are going through now."

The U.S. vs John Lennon follows Lennon's artistic and personal evolution between 1966 and 1976 as he broadened his personal and artistic scope, launching from his Beatles-rooted music legend pedestal into powerful, globally-resonating antiwar and social justice activism. As the Vietnam war exploded and America's youth was increasingly under attack at home for expressing its discontent, Lennon's counter-cultural activities were increasingly monitored by the FBI on behalf of President Richard Nixon's administration (Nixon himself was briefed on Lennon's activities). The film, through its captivating exploration of the government's ongoing efforts to silence John Lennon, also clearly illustrates certain parallels to today's political landscape, through insightful interviews with those who knew him best.

Living in New York City during this highly-charged period of his career, Lennon wrote many of his greatest, most culturally vital songs as he and Yoko Ono battled a constant and threatening veil of U.S. government scrutiny with inspired determination. The government's intimidating and ongoing surveillance campaign was coupled with threats of deportation for the Visa-carrying Lennon, aggressive tactics that he and Ono met with creative and more reasoned responses. In 1969, they staged their legendary 1969 "Bed-In" antiwar protests during their March honeymoon in Amsterdam and two months later in Montreal, where they were joined by friends to record "Give Peace A Chance."

On December 10, 1971, Lennon and Ono headlined the "John Sinclair Freedom Rally" benefit concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a lightning-rod performance that turned the world's attention to the plight of John Sinclair, an American sentenced in July 1969 to nine years and six months to 10 years in prison for possession of two marijuana cigarettes. Three days later, Michigan's Supreme Court ordered Sinclair's release, and subsequently overturned his conviction. Together, Lennon and Ono personified the struggle for freedom and compassion through this fractured and wounded period of American history.

The U.S. vs John Lennon is co-written, directed and produced by LSL Productions' David Leaf and John Scheinfeld. Leaf wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated documentary Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson & the Story of SMiLE, which premiered on Showtime last fall. Scheinfeld wrote and directed the feature-length documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, currently screening at film festivals across the U.S.

The story of The U.S. vs John Lennon is told with archival film clips, illuminating interviews and Lennon's original music. David Leaf says, "We were allowed to 'strip' lead vocals from Lennon's original recordings, so that we could use his own instrumental work as the score for the movie. I think it's the first time that John's solo catalog can be heard in this way."

"I believe John would have loved this film," says Ono Lennon, "It's the kind of cool film he would have liked even if it were about somebody else. It's not tabloid, but rather it tells it like it was. 'Gimme Some Truth,' indeed. If John were here today, he would have felt good about being represented by such a film, and the fact that we took the chance to make it and present it to the world. War Is Over (If You Want It)."

Reprising John Lennon and Yoko Ono's original 1969 holiday season World Peace movement marketing campaign, fans will find "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" messages appearing on billboards in some of the world's largest cities this fall.

Source: Capitol/EMI
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 27, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Judy Collins New Book and CD in
Stores Now: Portrait Of An
American Girl Morning, Noon And
Night - Living The Creative Life

Wildflower Records is pleased to present Portrait of an American Girl, Collins' first studio album in nearly a decade.

As has become one of her trademarks, Judy has recorded an eclectic group of songs for this album, which includes personal songs she has written on her own, along with resounding covers of such songs as the Motown hit "Sally Go 'Round the Roses," Train's "Drops of Jupiter" and Bruce Cockburn's "Pacing the Cage." Portrait of an American Girl is currently in stores now.

Tarcher released Morning, Noon, and Night (a Tarcher/Penguin hardcover, 1- 58542-415-3) on June 23, 2005. Morning Noon and Night is written for every artist in any creative discipline, with its beautifully balanced offering of personal reflection, counsel, and living example of how to live the creative life to the fullest.

Collins draws upon a deep reservoir of experience as a painter, writer, and singer/songwriter that greatly enhances her suggestions on tapping into creativity.

She includes a rich array of anecdotes from the entire spectrum of her life - from her earliest teachers and her childhood in Seattle, through her sometimes turbulent years as a young performer, to the steady creative life she has built for herself maintaining a rigorous concert schedule of about 50-60 concerts annually.

Collins includes her own song lyrics as examples, discussing what inspired them and how she wrote them, allowing readers a vivid glimpse into her creative process. She shares the many things that spark her imagination.

Currently Collins is on a 15-city press tour in support of the new CD - Portrait of An American Girl.

Upcoming promotional highlights include an appearance on World Cafe, WFUV's Mix Bag, West Coast Live, ETOWN and a Good Morning America Performance on July 14, 2005.

Please contact Katherine DePaul at Wildflower Records for information, interviews, press pass, artwork, or review copies - 212-749-7221.

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Justin Timberlake's 'What Goes Around ... Comes Around' is the Fastest Selling Music Video Ever on iTunes

Jive Records' superstar Justin Timberlake, the first major recording artist to debut a new video solely on the iTunes Store, continues to shatter records and set new standards. Always on the cusp of new and inventive ways to entertain the world, Justin Timberlake and Jive Records chose iTunes to premiere the video "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" on Friday, February 9th. During the first four days on iTunes, fans purchased and downloaded the video "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" to the tune of over 50,000 downloads, and sales still continue at a record breaking pace.

The full length 9:20 Directors Cut video, which features Scarlett Johannson and Shawn Hatosy, was helmed by one of the industry's most prolific directors, Sam Bayer, who has worked with Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie, Aerosmith and on Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." The video treatment was written by Nick Cassavetes who has directed several films including John Q, The Notebook, and Alpha Dog.

Justin's success in the digital realm has been nothing short of phenomenal. "SexyBack," the first single off of FutureSex/LoveSounds, sold over 252,000 in its first week of release in August 2006, one of the biggest sales weeks ever for a single track at iTunes. FutureSex/LoveSounds then set a record for the biggest pre-order in iTunes history, a mark previously held by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album went on to break the all time record for one week sales of a digital album with sales of 66,698, according to SoundScan. The previous record was held by Coldplay.

Recently Justin Timberlake took home two GRAMMY awards, one for "Best Dance Recording" for "Sexyback" featuring Timbaland, and one for "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" for "My Love" featuring T.I. Justin also just won "Best International Male" at the 2007 Brit Awards and has been nominated for International Album of the year at the 2007 JUNO awards. Additionally the non-stop musician and showman continues on his worldwide FutureSex/LoveShow tour and is knocking out audiences and critics alike and to top it all off just announced that he will be hosting the Kids Choice Awards on March 31st.

The 4 million plus worldwide selling album, FutureSex/LoveSounds co-written and co-produced by Justin Timberlake, hit #1 on the Billboard charts and broke all digital album sales records. The smash single "SexyBack" featuring Timbaland, along with the 2nd single "My Love" featuring T.I. and the current release "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" brings Justin to a record breaking level. According to R&R magazine, since the CHR/Top 40 chart began in 1992, Justin Timberlake sets the record for a lead male artist as his latest single becomes his seventh consecutive top 10 smash. Additional producers on the album include JAWBreakers, Timbaland and Rick Rubin.

Source: Jive Records
NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

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K-Ruger, Def Jam Recording artist, dies

K-Ruger Passed Away

Def Jam / Str8Lace Records recording artist K-Ruger passed away Monday September 19th 2005 in the early afternoon. At the time of going to press, the full details of his death were still undisclosed.

Str8Lace Records President Demetrius Peterson stated that the death of K-Ruger was sudden and unexpected, he expressed that his thoughts and prayers were with K-Rugers immediate family members.

Mr. Peterson was arranging to return to Houston from California immediately to assist family members in these tragic circumstances.

K-Ruger had jumped into the spot light when Jay-Z signed him as his first artist, after accepting the position to become President of Def Jam Records.

Only last week, K-Ruger had been excited during conversations with distributors about the release of his upcoming albums and was proud of the fact that Jay-Z had said that he was like a Breath of Fresh Air and exactly what the rap game needed right now.

Ironically, K-Ruger had commented how so many great rappers had departed this world and yet were not truly appreciated until they had died, then he listed at least 20 names, including those of Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., DJ Screw, Fat Pat, and Easy-E, to name a few, all who were also young men when they passed.

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Karamelo Santo: "Haciendo Bulla"

Karamelo Santo: "Haciendo Bulla"

Manu Chao fans all over the world are already familiar with the hottest collective coming out of South America these days. It is called Karamelo Santo and, in part, it could be perceived as the result of the cultural revolution that Chao’s previous rock band, Mano Negra, promoted all over Latin America in the mid-90s. As many youngsters in the region, the eight guys in Karamelo Santo believed in that other way of doing things, avoiding the mainstream avenues of the more traditional pop rock market.

In the tradition of cult icons like Bob Marley, The Clash, and Mano Negra, Karamelo Santo quickly understood that it was possible to reach a massive audience without comprising its ideals. By the time Manu Chao invited the collective to open his Argentinean tour in 2000, reenacting what Mano Negra did for Todos Tus Muertos back in 1992, Karamelo Santo was already a seven-year old band with two independently produced and released albums.

Karamelo Santo was born in Mendoza, a western Argentinean province with astonishing views of the Andean mountains, in 1993. Decided to leave a mark once its shows proved to be much more than neighborhood celebrations, the band independently recorded and released its first CD, “La Kulebra

Karen Marie Garrett "It's About The Rose" new CD

Much prose has been written about “the rose” through the centuries, but now pianist and composer Karen Marie Garrett uses the beauty of the flower and what it symbolizes as the inspiration for an album of contemporary instrumental music, IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE.

“A rose has always been a special gift,” explains Garrett.  “We love the beauty and fragrance, although there is a deeper meaning.  A rose can symbolize love, compassion, nature, serenity, and even spirituality.  The rose in a vase on the table reminds me to ‘be present in the moment,’ which is a philosophy of life that I believe in and inspires much of my music.”

Produced by Will Ackerman, the legendary guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records, IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE is Garrett’s fourth CD and the first to feature all original compositions.

It debuted at #1 on the national New Age Reporter chart.  Ackerman, who has a successful solo career and built Windham Hill Records into one of the most successful independent labels of all time, also has become known as a top producer of contemporary instrumental music (George Winston, Liz Story, Philip Aaberg, Alex de Grassi, Michael Hedges, Scott Cossu).

IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE contains both solo piano pieces as well as arrangements that add one or two other acoustic instruments.  Garrett performs on a Steinway grand piano. Special guests include cellist Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort, David Lanz), violinist Steve Schuch (Night Heron Consort, Aine Minogue), violinist and percussionist Derrik Jordan (Angela Bofill, Will Ackerman), flugel-horn player Jeff Oster (Will Ackerman, Ellis Larkins), bassist T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates, Kenny G, Billy Joel) and vocalist Noah Wilding.

Karen’s training and background is in classical music.  Her favorite classical composers are Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and Schubert.  Other music Garrett has enjoyed over the years includes early rock’n’roll (Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, The Beatles), classic rock (Elton John, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel), the smooth jazz of Kenny G, the soundtrack scores of John Williams, and the new age artists on the Windham Hill label during the Eighties.

Garrett’s first CD, CLASSICAL SERENITY (currently out-of-print), was strictly classical pieces.  Her second album, PENSARE, not only contained material written by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart, but also Hollywood film composer Frank Sanucci, whom Karen met during her school years.


Katharine McPhee's Debut Album Arrives in Stores January 30, 2007

First Single, 'Over It,' Impacted Radio on Jan. 15

"Ever since I was on the finale of 'American Idol,' people have been asking me what kind of album I'm going to record," says Katharine McPhee. "When I started working on my debut album, I was asked what types of music I liked. My favorite music is rhythmic pop and I love to dance, so that was our starting point. I was also asked what I wanted to sing about, what subjects I wanted to touch on. So this album really reflects me, a 22-year-old girl who knows what it's like to fall in love and to have her heart broken, and also a girl who likes to have fun and enjoy life!" (Photo: ) The results will be heard on Jan. 30, when Katharine's self-titled album debut is released on RCA Records/19 Recordings. The first single, "Over It," impacted radio on Jan. 15.

McPhee started recording the album as soon as she completed the "American Idols Live" tour in September 2006. "I was sent to Virginia Beach to spend time with Nate 'Danja' Hills, who has worked with Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez." Hills is nominated for two Grammys this year for his work on Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" album.

Songwriters gathered at Hills' studio in Virginia Beach, where they worked in different combinations, with McPhee contributing lyrics as well. "I really enjoyed the experience," says Katharine. "It was so exciting working with all of these different talented songwriters at the same time."

Those sessions resulted in six songs, with Danja as producer on all of them. "Nate is a real musician and a beautiful pianist," says Katharine. "When you first meet him he's a 'mystery man' who doesn't say much, but what he does say is very important and very valid. He's very inclusive. And there's a definite 'Nate sound' with influences from old school mixed in with modern beats."

Although Katharine has been singing on stage for years, she had never spent time in a recording studio before recording her debut album. "I had to learn the technique of recording in the studio as opposed to singing on stage," she explains. "I learned so much about singing harmonies and stacking vocals. By the time we reached the end of the first week of recording I had already learned a lot." The single, "Over It," was written by Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander and Ruth-Anne Cunningham, the same hot composing team that has written for JoJo, the Veronicas and t.A.t.U.

To promote the album, as well as the first single, McPhee will be making multiple television appearances over the next few weeks. She'll be performing on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (Jan. 29), "The Today Show" (Jan. 31), "Live With Regis & Kelly" (Feb. 1), "TRL" (Feb. 5), "The Early Show" (Feb. 6), "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Feb. 7) and interview on "Larry King Live" (Feb. 8), and much more. Katharine will also be a guest star on the hit TV series "Ugly Betty" on Feb. 1, portraying herself. The TV campaign kicks off on January 19th with an appearance of Lonelygirl15, the pop culture phenomenon that has become the most watched/fastest growing/most talked about Internet video series on the web

McPhee is already one of the most recognized personalities in America, thanks to her success on the number one show on TV, "American Idol." Her season, the series' fifth, was the highest-rated yet. The Tuesday performance shows averaged 31.1 million viewers and the Wednesday results shows averaged 29.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The season finale drew 36.4 million viewers and a whopping 63.4 million votes were cast.

While this is Katharine's first album, she has already scored a hit song. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" / "My Destiny" is the second best-selling single of 2006. Although it was released last June, seven months later it still ranks in the top five on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart.

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Les Paul Makes His First Chart Return in 50 Years With New All-Star CD, 'Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played'

Les Paul Makes His First Chart Return in 50 Years With New All-Star CD, 'Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played'

At 90, Paul Breaks the Record for Oldest Artist Ever to Debut on Billboard's Top 200!

A Global Success, 'Les Paul & Friends,' Released August 30 by Capitol/EMI, Debuts at #152 in the U.S., #28 in Austria, #186 in Canada, and #38 in Germany

Paul's First New Album Since His 1978 Grammy-Winner Features Collaborative Tracks With Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Steve Miller, Keith Richards, Johnny Rzeznik, Richie Sambora, Neal Schon, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sting, Joss Stone, and More

Les Paul's Weekly Shows Continue at New York's Iridium Jazz Club

Capitol/EMI's August 30 release of "Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played" marks guitar legend Les Paul's return to Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart for the first time in 50 years.

The CD's #152 debut also sets a new record, making Paul, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, the oldest artist ever to enjoy an album debut on Billboard's chart. Beyond the borders, "Les Paul & Friends" has been released to great international success, as well, with chart debuts in Austria (#28), Canada (#186) and Germany (#38). "Les Paul & Friends" is Paul's first new album since his 1978 Grammy-winning collaboration with Chet Atkins, "Chester & Lester."

Les Paul, the world-renowned electric guitar innovator and performer, celebrated his 90th birthday on June 9. Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing has joined with other Les Paul admirers to honor Les Paul throughout his 90th year with new product releases, honors and awards, including new CD releases, two new books, and a host of special events fit for the father of the electric guitar.

Produced by Bob Cutarella and Fran Cathcart, "Les Paul & Friends" is an all-star collaborative CD, earning high praise from critics around the world. Rolling Stone's David Fricke summarized the CD, Paul's first straight-ahead rock album, as "Classic rock and R&B songs by Les Paul with a hot licks army of disciples."

Many of music's top artists joined Les Paul for his high-octane return to the studio, including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Steve Miller, Keith Richards, Johnny Rzeznik, Richie Sambora, Neal Schon, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sting, Joss Stone, and more. The CD brings Paul together with a legion of his greatest fans, all of whom have learned a thing or two from the master and have achieved their own great successes in music.

From Eric Clapton to Joss Stone, Keith Richards to Sting, the artists joining Paul on the rock-charged album share one clear common bond: Les Paul is one of their most respected and beloved mentors. With advanced arthritis limiting his own ability to shred like the younger guns, and always more of a melodic pluck-and-flutter player himself, Paul was happy to set loose his rock & roll descendents on the leads and solos before adding his own signature riffs, trills and staccato exclamations to the arrangements.

"It has to be said, we must all own up that without Les Paul, generations of flash little punks like us would be in jail or cleaning toilets. This man, by his genius, made the road that we still travel today. I don't know how he did it, but I'm so grateful he did."

- Keith Richards, as quoted in the "Les Paul & Friends" CD package

On June 7, Capitol/EMM reissued "Les Paul with Mary Ford: The Best of The Capitol Masters (90th Birthday Edition)," a collection of Paul's finest Capitol recordings, with new artwork, three bonus tracks and a new package essay written by Paul himself. On May 20, Paul was inducted into the Inventors' Hall Of Fame at a formal ceremony at the Hall's Akron, OH headquarters. On June 9, the evening of Paul's 90th birthday, he was honored with the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization's 2005 awards event in New York.

On June 19, one of the world's greatest gatherings of guitarists took the Carnegie Hall stage for "All For Paul: Les Paul's 90th Birthday Salute," a star-studded celebration presented by Gibson Guitar at the JVC Jazz Festival - New York.

Throughout Paul's 90th year, Gibson Guitars will issue 12 special edition commemorative Les Paul guitars. Two new Les Paul books arrive in stores this year: "The Les Paul Legacy" by Rob Lawrence is due from Hal Leonard Publishing on October 27 (ISBN 0634048619). "Les Paul In His Own Words," a limited edition autobiography with each numbered copy signed by Paul, was released June 9 by Russ Cochran Publishing.

Les Paul, born June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is not just one of the world's finest guitarists of all time, but is also a Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, five-time Grammy Award winner, the inventor of the solid body electric guitar, and the pioneer of numerous enduring studio techniques, including multi-track recording and the use of reverb. His signature Les Paul line of Gibson guitars debuted in 1952 and quickly grew into a family of four models, the Junior, Special, Standard and Custom, all of which became Gibson classics. Gibson's Les Paul guitars, including new custom models from Jimmy Page, Neal Schon and Joe Perry, are universally hailed as the best and are the top choice for many of the world's premier players. Les Paul continues to play weekly shows at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, with 8 pm and 10 pm sets every Monday evening. Paul is often joined onstage by friends, from world-known musicians to aspiring players who arrive toting their own Les Paul guitars.

Source: Capitol/EMI
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 16, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Live 8 Simultaneous Global Concerts (July 2)

Live 8 Simultaneous Global Concerts (July 2) Call on G8 Leaders to Fight Poverty at Summit on July 6; the US concert in Philadelphia Includes Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Black Eyed Peas, Sara McLachlan, Dave Matthews Band and others.

Live 8 is a series of eight simultaneous global concerts to be held on July 2 to allow citizens of the world to call on President Bush and leaders of the other seven wealthiest countries to make poverty history at the historic G8 Summit on July 6, 2005.

In the U.S., Live 8 took place in Philadelphia, PA, on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. The concert wass free and open to the public.

Performers list (so far) for Philadelphia:

* Will Smith (host)
* Alicia Keys
* Black Eyed Peas
* Bon Jovi
* Dave Matthews Band
* Destiny's Child
* Jars of Clay
* Jay-Z
* Josh Groban
* Kaiser Chiefs
* Keith Urban
* Linkin Park
* Maroon 5
* Rob Thomas
* Sarah McLachlan
* Stevie Wonder
* Toby Keith

Live 8 concerts are happening on the same day in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and South Africa.

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Nashville, TN – Multi-platinum, award winning group LONESTAR continue their support for America’s troops serving the Nation. In particular, Lonestar is helping raise awareness to The AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort. Lonestar, who has more #1 singles under their belt than any other country group this decade, will release their new single “Nothing To Prove,” Feb 5th.

The AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort, founded in 1998 is a nonprofit 501C-3 organization managed nationwide by volunteer mothers to ensure that deployed United States Service members in all branches of the military are not forgotten by providing needed mail support and to promote patriotism in our schools and communities.

The AAP created projects that meet the need of military requests, established special projects for holidays, and assigns individual morale lifting mail support to service members of all branches of the U.S. military serving their Nation around the world.

Lonestar’s Michael Britt will appear during Country Stars Week (Feb 12 - 16) on Wheel of Fortune hosted by Pat Sajak to compete and raise charitable money for AdoptaPlatoon. Stay tuned to see Wheel of Fortune to see how Michael does!!!!

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Nashville, TN – Multi-platinum, award-winning music group LONESTAR will take the “Big Apple” by storm in mid-April. The foursome that recently raised over $100,000+ on the hit-game show Wheel of Fortune for charity were nominated last week by the Academy of Country Music for “Top Vocal Group,” an award they have taken home before.

Richie, Dean, Keech, and Michael recently released their latest project “Mountains” and are hot on the promotion trail! Lonestar will appear and/or perform on The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet on April 12th, the CBS Early Show on April 14th, will tape an episode of Emeril Live! for the Food Network, Naomi’s New Morning for the Hallmark Channel, and Sound Off w/ Matt Pinfield for HDNet – all taped show air dates will be forthcoming.

Lonestar’s strength and unity has lead them to enjoyed over a decade of success. The group might be best known for their soaring vocals in hits such as “Amazed,” “My Front Porch Looking In” (the most-played country song of 2003) and “I’m Already There.” With seven ACM and CMA awards to their credit, the band’s success and growth has been consistent throughout the years and they continue to look to the future with perseverance and dedication.

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Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary Edition'

Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary Edition'

Nominated for Seven Academy Awards(R) Including Sissy Spacek's Unforgettable Oscar(R)-Winning Performance as Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn

Arrives on DVD with Digitally Remastered Picture, Fully Restored 5.1 Audio and Collectible Photo Booklet September 13, 2005 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

'A Treasure to Watch' - Roger Ebert UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A quarter century after it won over the hearts of movie lovers and music fans around the world, "Coal Miner's Daughter" arrives on DVD in a special "25th Anniversary Edition" September 13, 2005 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards(R) and winner of the Golden Globe(R) for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), "Coal Miner's Daughter" tells the spectacular and inspiring true story of Loretta Lynn's journey from the impoverished mining hamlet of Butcher Holler, Kentucky to the top of the country music charts.

The film features critically acclaimed performances by Sissy Spacek ("The Ring II," "In The Bedroom," "Carrie") who won a Best Actress Oscar(R) for her portrayal of Lynn, Oscar(R) winner Tommy Lee Jones ("Men In Black," "The Fugitive") as Lynn's husband Doolittle, Beverly D'Angelo ("American History X," "National Lampoon's Vacation") as friend and country great Patsy Cline and musician Levon Helm (co-founder of The Band, The Right Stuff) in his remarkable screen debut as Lynn's father. "Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary Edition" DVD, featuring an all-new digitally remastered picture, complete audio restoration and a collectible photo booklet, is priced at $19.95 SRP.

Directed by Michael Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist," "28 Up," "The World is Not Enough"), "Coal Miner's Daughter" is based on superstar Loretta Lynn's bestselling autobiography and inspired by her chart-topping 1970 song of the same name. Spacek matches her astonishing acting performance with faithful and moving vocal renditions of some of Lynn's most memorable hits including her first single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," "I Fall to Pieces," "You're Looking at Country" and, of course, the unforgettable title track. D'Angelo brings her considerable singing ability to Cline's hits including "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams" and "Walking After Midnight."

Loretta Lynn: More Than a Country Music Icon A true entertainment legend, Loretta Lynn's popularity extends far beyond traditional fans of country music. A singer-songwriter whose lyrics featured hard-hitting descriptions of life as a working-class wife and mother in the '60s and '70s, Lynn became a hero to a generation of American women who appreciated her outspokenness.

Lynn's face has graced the cover of "Newsweek" magazine and her 1976 autobiography (written with journalist George Vescey) was a "New York Times" Bestseller. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, she has had 78 singles on the Billboard chart, 16 of which went to No. 1.

Lynn has recently enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity, launching a bold comeback in 2004 after joining forces with rocker Jack White of The White Stripes, who produced her critically hailed album "Van Lear Rose." At the age of 69, Lynn took home two Grammys including one for Best Country Album and regularly sells out concerts, demonstrating that her music resonates as much with mass audiences today as it did 45 years ago.

Bonus Buried Treasure In celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Coal Miner's Daughter's" release, Universal uncovered fantastic new bonus features that make this great movie even more enjoyable for home entertainment consumers.

* Feature Commentary with Sissy Spacek and Director Michael Apted
* Tommy Lee Jones Remembers "Coal Miner's Daughter"
* An Exclusive Interview with Loretta Lynn and Director Michael Apted
* President George Bush Sr. Salutes AFI and "Coal Miner's Daughter"


In the acclaimed performance that earned her the Academy Award(R) for Best Actress, Sissy Spacek stars as legendary country singer and songwriter Loretta Lynn, who rose from humble beginnings in the dirt poor Appalachian Mountains to become the "Queen of Country Music." Eighteen-years-old and already married with four children, Lynn still finds time to write songs and perform at small fairs and local honky-tonks.

Recognizing her raw talent and huge potential, her ambitious husband Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) prods her into making a record and driving cross -- country from radio station to radio station to promote it. After a performance at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry, the record becomes a smash hit, launching her career to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. But success is a two-edged sword for Lynn. The pressure of fame combined with her own inner demons lead to a drug problem and eventually a mental breakdown.


Director: Michael Apted
Screenplay By: Tom Rickman
Based on a Book By: Loretta Lynn, George Vecsey
Produced By: Bernard Schwartz
Director of Photography: Ralf D. Bode
Production Designer: John W. Corso
Edited By: Arthur Schmidt
Costume Designer: Joe I. Tompkins
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens, William Sanderson. Beverly D'Angelo



Street Date: September 13, 2005

Pre-Order Close: August 9, 2005

Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $19.98 SRP
Selection Number: 26753 Running Time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
Layers: Dual (Single Sided)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/ Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono/Captions; French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono/Subtitles; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono/Subtitles

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Luther Vandross Obituary

Luther Vandross Obituary

Memorial and Funeral Services

Luther Ronzoni Vandross, the silky-voiced R&B crooner who spun romance into hits like "Here and Now and "Any Love," died on Friday, July 1st, 2005 at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, NJ. He was 54.

With a smooth yet soulful delivery, the highly admired singer/songwriter/producer has sold in excess of 30 million records worldwide, winning eight Grammy Awards, numerous Soul Train, BET, NAACP Image and American Music Awards.

He ranked as one of the most successful R& B singers of the 1980's and broke through to even wider commercial success in 1989 with the Best of Luther Vandross, the Best of Love, which included the new song "Here and Now," his first Grammy winning hit which became a signature wedding song.

Born in New York City in 1951, Luther was the youngest of four children. In 1972, a song Vandross wrote, "Everybody Rejoice," was included in the Broadway musical "The Wiz." But his biggest early break came when he landed a job as a backup singer for David Bowie and created vocal arrangements for the hit album Young Americans.

Luther soon became a sought-after backup vocalist and arranger, working for artists from Bette Midler to Barbra Streisand, and he helped pay the bills as one of the most popular jingle singers of the time. His 1981 debut, Never Too Much, reached the top of the R&B charts and sold more than one million copies.

Through the 1980's, he recorded a string of platinum albums, including Forever, For Always, For Love, Busy Body and The Night I Fell in Love. His last album, Dance With My Father received 4 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year for the title song "Dance With My Father") and has generated worldwide sales exceeding 3 million copies.

Luther was also a prolific writer and producer for such musical icons as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick thereby fulfilling a lifelong dream. "When history books are written, I'd like it to be said that I am one of the premiere singers of our time," said Vandross in an interview with BET.

He leaves to cherish and celebrate his life, legacy, and wonderful memories a loving and devoted mother, Mary Ida Vandross, nine nieces as well as eight great nephews, three great nieces and a circle of close friends and colleagues, his musical family and millions of loyal, supportive fans.

Funeral services will be held at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, located at 1076 Madison Avenue (at 81st Street) on Wednesday and Thursday, July 6 and 7 with public viewings from 4:00pm - 9:00pm. The Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 8 at Riverside Church, located at 490 Riverside Drive, scheduled for 12:00pm.

Source: J Records
NEW YORK, July 4, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --


Nashville Songwriter Wins Internationally Renowned Songwriting Contest. Zane Williams of Nashville, Tennessee, was presented with the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year check for his winning song “Hurry Home,” his entry in the Country music category.

Multi-award winning recording artist Macy Gray and the Contest’s Executive Director Brian Rothschild, as well as Maxell Corporation’s Daniel Lee, Marketing VP, and Cheryl Severini, Senior Marketing Manager, were on hand to congratulate the winner at the opening evening’s festivities at NAMM (International Music Products Association) Summer Session in Austin, TX. A total of $225,000 in cash and prizes is distributed each year by the JLSC to 96 talented songwriters.

"The Maxell Song of the Year connects our long-standing history with the music industry and consumers that share, store, and enjoy music throughout the world," said Daniel Lee, vice president of marketing for Maxell. "We wish Zane the best as he pursues his dreams and look forward to next year's competition.”

Mr. Williams’ song was first recognized as a Grand Prize winner in the Country category, and went on to be named the recipient of the Contest’s Lennon Award through an online public vote at The Maxell Song of the Year was selected from the twelve Lennon Award winners by a panel of renowned judges includes performers, songwriters and music industry executives, that includes Robin Gibb, Al Jarreau, D12, Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, and more.

Macy Gray was excited about the opportunity to show her support for music, music making, and songwriting. She founded The M. Gray Music Academy to help to provide music education to worthy candidates. The students range from 7-70 years of age. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit mobile recording and video studio that provides free workshops for kids countrywide, will be providing the recording facility for students of Gray’s Academy in Los Angeles, from July 24-26th.

(New York, July 20, 2006)

(Phot above) Macy Gray helps to congratulate Nashville country artist, Zane Williams on his $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year win from The John Lennon Songwriting Contest at the NAMM (International Music Products Association) summer session in Austin, TX. Pictured (L to R); Cheryl Severini (Maxell Senior Marketing Manager), Brian Rothschild (Executive Director of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Educational Tour Bus), Dennis Houlihan (Chairman of NAMM), Daniel Lee (Vice President of Marketing for Maxell), Macy Gray, Joe Lamond (President/CEO of NAMM), and Zane Williams.

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Marty Stuart to Host 17th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards

IBMA award winner Marty Stuart will serve as host for the International Bluegrass Music Awards September 28, 2006 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Taking place in Nashville for the second year, the broadcast production begins at 8:30 pm (CST), and will feature live musical performances from bluegrass music's most outstanding artists, award presentations in 17 different categories and two inductions into the Bluegrass Hall of Honor.

With a stellar career that began on the bluegrass festival circuit and morphed into Grammy winning mainstream country, Stuart recently focused on his love of bluegrass with the 2006 release, "Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives - Live at the Ryman."

A working musician at age 12, Lester Flatt heard Marty play at an Indiana festival and hired him to play rhythm guitar. He was 13 years old. With Flatt for six years, Stuart has also played and produced projects with Johnny Cash, Doc and Merle Watson, Vassar Clements and Travis Tritt. Nominated for multiple awards in the music world, Stuart received a Golden Globe nomination for his work on the movie soundtrack, "All The Pretty Horses."

"The IBMA has become an event that presents some of the greatest musicians in the world," said Stuart. "I'm honored to have been asked to host the event and I'm counting on an evening of magic."

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are determined by the professional membership of the association and recognize outstanding achievement in the bluegrass genre. The show is syndicated to over 300 radio stations across the country and around the world and will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio. National sponsors for the show are GHS Strings, Martha White Foods, MerleFest and Deering Banjos.

Tickets go on sale to the public on August 11 via Ticketmaster and the Grand Ole Opry House Box Office. IBMA members may purchase tickets now at the IBMA website or by calling the IBMA office.

Source: International Bluegrass Music Association
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 21 /PRNewswire/ --

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Mary Mary Celebrate Release of New Album with Free Performance & Fan Meet-and-Greet at Atlanta-Area Wal-Mart

Mary Mary releases new CD "Sound"

The Sound album released in October 2008 shows Mary Mary are not ones to shy away from in-your-face declarations of faith, the girls are now more intentional than ever about whom they adore, without for a moment compromising their call to innovation and growth.

The introspective 'Seattle' is a prime example, a pensive prayer that asks the Lord to descend upon the soul the same way rain falls on the Emerald City. In the vein of Mary Mary standards 'Can't Give Up Now' and 'Yesterday,' a couple of ballads on The Sound stand out for their passionate delivery: 'I Trust You' (feat. Marvin Winans) and 'I Worship You' are easily the sonic and spiritual plateaus of the album.

Listen to music samples from Mary Mary The Sound from Amazon.

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Mary Mary Celebrate Release of New Album with Free Performance & Fan Meet-and-Greet at Atlanta-Area Wal-Mart

The Grammy-winning platinum-selling R&B/gospel duo Mary Mary -- Erica and Tina Campbell -- will treat the group's fans to a free live performance followed by a meet-and-greet/autograph-signing event at Wal-Mart (5401 Fairington Road, Lithonia, GA.

The Mary Mary event celebrates the release of Mary Mary, the duo's eagerly-awaited third full-length album.

Erica and Tina are two real-life sisters who have brought revolutionary R&B, urban and hip-hop elements to the world of contemporary gospel music as Mary Mary.

Mary Mary, the duo's new album, features guest artists Kirk Franklin and Kim Burrell. The group's new single is "Heaven," produced by Warryn Campbell. (Erica's husband, Warryn Campbell helmed the first two Mary Mary albums, the RIAA gold- and platinum-certified Thankful and the RIAA gold-certified Incredible).

Growing up in Inglewood, California, Erica and Tina first sang publicly in the local church choir and received their first break in 1998 with a song on the "Prince of Egypt" soundtrack.

In 2000, Mary Mary's platinum debut album, Thankful -- featuring the hit "Shackles (Praise You)" -- earned numerous awards including a Grammy for Best Contemporary Gospel Album and three Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, a Lady of Soul Award, a Soul Train Award. Incredible, their second album, became the nation's #1 Top Christian Album in 2002 and featured the Dove Award-winning hits "In The Morning" and "Thank You," featuring Kirk Franklin.

Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records
NEW YORK, July 15, 2005 /PRNewswire

Merle Haggard's Classic 1960s / 1970s Capitol Albums Remastered and Expanded

Merle Haggard's Classic 1960s / 1970s Capitol Albums Remastered and Expanded

Five CDs Pair Ten Original Albums With 21 Rare and Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks to Launch 'The Year of Hag'

Four Classic Albums to Make Their CD Debut; Several More Haggard Collections Planned for 2006 and 2007, Including a New Hits CD

'Merle Ronald Haggard remains, with the arguable exception of Hank Williams, the single most influential singer-songwriter in country music history.' - Country Music Hall of Fame(R) and Museum's Encyclopedia of Country Music (Oxford University Press)

Capitol Nashville/EMI Music Catalog Marketing is proud to announce "The Year of Hag," with several catalog titles planned for release in 2006 and 2007 to salute one of country music's true outlaws: the one and only "Okie From Muskogee," Merle Haggard. The in-depth retrospective launches on February 21 with the release of ten original albums Haggard recorded for Capitol between 1965 and 1971, digitally remastered and paired on five CDs with a bevy of rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks.

The new single-disc packages present the cream of Haggard's crop of 38 Capitol LPs, including four studio albums never before available on CD and newly-written package essays. Capitol Nashville/EMI's Haggard campaign will roll out through 2006 and into 2007, with a new hits collection, "Hag: As Country As It Gets - Greatest Hits" scheduled for September 2006 and holiday, spiritual and songwriter-themed packages also planned for release.

Paired chronologically, four of the ten original albums represented in the launch of Capitol Nashville/EMI's Haggard retrospective have never before been available on CD. "Hag," "Someday We'll Look Back," "Pride In What I Am," and "The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde" all make their disc debut, coupled with "Strangers, Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down," "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," "Branded Man," "Mama Tried," and "Sing Me Back Home."

The CD packages feature new liner notes penned by music scribes Chris Morris, Chet Flippo, Holly George-Warren, Joel Selvin and Geoffrey Himes and newly-added rare and previously unreleased songs, totaling 21 added bonus tracks in all. The paired titles will be sold digitally, as well, available for purchase on February 21 from all of the major DSPs.

Merle Haggard is not only a part of Capitol's rich history, he also plays a vital role in its present. He continues to reap accolades for new albums and performances, including a run of 2005 tour dates with Bob Dylan and his current Capitol Nashville album, "Chicago Wind." The new CD has won critical praise from all corners of the media, with "People" declaring in its 4-star review, "Haggard is as close to Nashville royalty as it gets," while another recent recording has earned Haggard a Grammy nomination (Best Country Collaboration With Vocal for "Politically Uncorrect" with Gretchen Wilson). Meanwhile, many of Haggard's bristly anthems have proven to be timeless torches for a new generation of outlaws. Toby Keith has embraced Hag's "Fightin' Side Of Me" as a modern-day war cry, often performing the fiery song in concert. In addition to 40 #1 Country hits, Merle Haggard has charted scores of Top 10 singles. He's won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music, but Haggard's impact on modern music reaches well beyond the genre line.

Producer Don Was, who has worked with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, told "Newsweek" in 1996, "He'll tell you he's a country singer, but to me the essence of rock and roll is a cry for freedom and rebellion. And I don't know anyone who embodies it better. Every aspect of his life is a refusal to submit."

Merle Ronald Haggard was born in 1937 outside Bakersfield, California. His parents had moved the family there after their farm in Oklahoma burned down, and his father found work as a carpenter for the Santa Fe Railroad. The family lived in an old boxcar that they converted into a home. Though struggling to make a meager living, they had a sturdy shelter and food was always on the table. Haggard's father died of a stroke when Merle was nine years old, a devastating event for the young boy.

With his world turned upside down, Haggard turned rebellious. He hopped a freight train when he was just ten, making it to Fresno before being picked up by the authorities. For the next few years, he would find himself in reform schools, sometimes making an escape, only to get thrown back in again.

The angel on Haggard's shoulder during these troubled times was his love and talent for music. Starting out as a fan of Bob Wills, Haggard eventually found his musical idol in Lefty Frizzell, and worked up a pretty impressive copy his singing style. "For three or four years I didn't sing anything but Lefty Frizzell songs," Merle told "Music City News." "And then, because Lefty was a fan of Jimmie Rodgers, I learned to imitate him too." Haggard got the chance to see Lefty perform in person when he was 14. "He was dressed in white -- heroes usually are," Merle said.

Haggard was already starting to make small amounts of money here and there by playing music, but it wasn't enough to keep him out of trouble. In and out of jail throughout his teen years for small crimes, he found himself doing serious time in San Quentin at the age of 20. "Going to prison has one of a few effects," he told "Salon" in 2004. "It can make you worse, or it can make you understand and appreciate freedom. I learned to appreciate freedom when I didn't have any."

Haggard was released from prison in 1960. After making an impression working in local clubs, he joined Las Vegas star Wynn Stewart's band in 1962 as a bassist. When he got a chance to record his own single, Haggard chose the Stewart composition, "Sing A Sad Song." It came out on the small Tally Records label in 1964, and made it into the Top 20. His follow up singles didn't do quite as well, until "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" went into the Top 10 and brought him to the attention of Capitol Records. He proved himself a hitmaker with three Top 10 singles in 1967, including his first #1, "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive."

Johnny Cash encouraged him to address his problems directly in verse. "I was bull-headed about my career. I didn't want to talk about being in prison," Haggard recalls, "but Cash said I should talk about it. That way the tabloids wouldn't be able to. I said I didn't want to do that and he said, 'It's just owning up to it.'" When Cash introduced him on his variety show, he said, "Here's a man who writes about his own life and has had a life to write about."

The true grit of Merle Haggard is expressed in many of the hits he's recorded, from "Sing Me Back Home," another #1 in 1967, to "Mama Tried," which topped the chart in 1968, an apology of sorts to Haggard's religious and hardworking mother. Hag's tender side is further revealed in "I Started Loving You Again" and "You Still Have a Place In My Heart" from 1968's "The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde," and "I Just Want To Look At You One More Time" from 1969's "Pride In What I Am."

With the Vietnam War serving as a lightning rod for opposing views, the United States was politically divided. "Working Man Blues," issued in 1969, delivered a clear message of solidarity to the blue-collar country audience. That sociological stance was solidified with Haggard's most popular song, "Okie From Muskogee." He says the song started as a joke, but it also drew a clear line between "us" and "them." Haggard spoke for the Americans who didn't smoke marijuana, didn't burn their draft cards, didn't grow their hair long and shaggy and were "proud to wave Old Glory down at the courthouse." In the ensuing years, Richard Nixon invited him to sing at the White House, Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, gave him an unconditional pardon for his past criminal offenses, and George Wallace asked him for an endorsement -- which Haggard turned down.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 19, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Michael Jackson Fans to Celebrate Victory and Birthday in London

Michael Jackson Fans to Celebrate Victory and Birthday in London

Fans worldwide will celebrate Michael Jackson's victory and 47th birthday in London, England, at MJNewsOnline's "UNBREAKABLE Party". This monumental event will showcase the world's very best Jackson impersonators and tribute artists, with fans in over 22 countries in attendance.

The Michael Jackson fan club, MJNewsOnline will be hosting the UNBREAKABLE Party -- "A celebration of Michael Jackson's victory and 47th birthday" -- for fans worldwide.

Hundreds of fans in over 22 countries have purchased tickets for this monumental event, which will showcase the world's very best Jackson impersonators and tribute artists.

In a Press Release made earlier this year, before the King of Pop's vindication, fanclub president Paul Akinbanjo stated: "We're holding this event to show our support for Michael Jackson, and to unite fans from across the world in a celebration of this man's remarkable career, his music, his performance.

"We're aware that the trial will probably be over by the time of the event...our organizing it at this point does nothing but show the confidence that we have in Michael's innocence."

UNBREAKABLE was originally set to be a birthday celebration, but is now much more than that. "Now that Michael has been vindicated, the event will celebrate his victory as well as his birthday," says Paul. "We have received a lot of support from Michael's team and fellow fan clubs worldwide, all helping to make this a truly special and global event."

The Michael Jackson UNBREAKABLE Party will be held in London, England, at the world famous London Equinox. The event will begin at 4pm, ending at Midnight. Spanning 8 full hours, it is destined to be an amazing evening for Michael Jackson fans alike. Tickets are just £15 per person, and can be purchased via the UNBREAKABLE Party web site, at

MJNewsOnline (MJNO/Michael Jackson News Online) began operating in 2002, setting out to create an active, vibrant Michael Jackson fan community. Now with thousands of members worldwide, the site hosts one of the biggest Michael Jackson fan communities on the net.

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Miles Davis - Cool and Collected, Featuring 13 Career-Defining CD Recordings Spanning 1956 to 1985 to be Released on September 5

Columbia/Legacy Jazz releases Miles Davis -" Cool & Collected" new CD on September 5, featuring 13 career-defining recordings spanning 1956 to 1985

For the past half-century, when the subject turns to the simple question, “What defines ‘cool’?” there has always been one perfect answer: Miles Davis. Beyond his defiant stance, his piercing glare, his amorous conquests and those one-of-a-kind Issey Miyake fashion statements – there was and always will be the music of Miles Davis.

Cool & Collected is the first single CD anthology to zero in on a baker’s dozen of the recordings which created the swirling mythos of ‘cool’ that defines Miles, spanning 1956 to 1984, with a new previously unreleased bonus remix track to close the program. This definitive package of all-classic selections, which will be supported by one of the most aggressive multi-tiered consumer lifestyle marketing campaigns ever launched by Legacy Recordings, will arrive in stores September 5th on Columbia/Legacy Jazz, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Underscoring the ‘hip’ factor associated with Cool & Collected is its fascinating cover design by Bert Stefano of Instituto Europea of Design in Italy. His design won a contest arranged with top design schools in 12 countries around the world. Students from these schools created their artwork based on Legacy’s criteria for this Miles Davis album (demographics, marketing concept).

Other schools enlisted for the design competition were: New York’s School of Visual Arts; ESDI (Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial) of Rio de Janeiro; Tokyo Gakugei University; Chelsea College of Art & Design in London; Köln International School of Design in Germany; Royal Academy of Arts at the Hague; CEV (European Volunteer Centre) of Barcelona; Instituto Europea of Design in Rome and Milan; and Instituto Europea of Design in Madrid.

If ‘cool’ is the magnet that has been drawing jazz hipsters together for these past fifty-five-plus years, then nowhere is that synergy better represented than on the brand new remix of 1969’s “It’s About That Time” heard on Cool & Collected. Newly recorded parts by Carlos Santana (lead guitar), drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Miles’ nephew and former band-member), bassist Charley Drayton, Geri Allen on Fender Rhodes piano, Pat Thrall, recording engineer/guitarist/programmer, and African drummers Azize Faye and Ndongo Mbaye are engaged in the remix of the original track (from the In A Silent Way LP sessions) that featured Miles on trumpet, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Joe Zawinul on keyboards, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, bassist Dave Holland, guitarist John McLaughlin, and drummer Tony Williams. The Davis remix was produced by Wilburn, Thrall and Drayton; and was executive produced by Steve Berkowitz and Wilburn.

The remix of 1969’s “It’s About That Time” is the icing on a collection containing music that ranges from Miles’ second year of recordings on Columbia – 1956’s “Bye Bye Blackbird” and ’Round Midnight” (both with Miles’ so-called “first great quintet” featuring tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, as heard on the ’Round About Midnight LP) all the way through the two cover versions from his final Columbia album, 1985’s You’re Under Arrest, namely Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” (with John Scofield on guitar) and the Michael Jackson hit “Human Nature” (with John McLaughlin on guitar).

The late 1950s were abundant with Miles Davis recordings that re-established him as the paradigm of cool, long after the Birth Of the Cool sessions (released in 1950) that signaled his graduation from the frenetic bebop movement of the ’40s. Cool & Collected lives up to its title by gathering a brilliant quartet of 1958 sides – “Milestones” (the first session in which Coltrane was joined by Julian “Cannonball” Adderley on alto saxophone), “Stella By Starlight” and “Fran-Dance” (from the first session in which pianist Bill Evans joined the quintet), and the Gershwins’ “Summertime” (from Porgy And Bess, arranged and conducted by Gil Evans) – topped off by this CD’s opening gem, “So What,” from the undisputedly coolest jazz LP ever recorded, Kind Of Blue.

In December 1957, Miles took a side-trip to Paris where he hooked up with old friend and expatriate musician, drummer Kenny Clarke for sessions that yielded the French LP movie soundtrack on Fontana for Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Elevator To The Gallows). The third track on the album, “Générique,” marks an extremely rare and historic appearance of a recording from that LP on a Columbia anthology.

The 1960s are represented by two crucial recordings: 1963’s “Seven Steps To Heaven” was the title tune from the first LP to spring forth from Miles’ new quintet of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and saxophonist George Coleman; a year and a half later, 1965’s “E.S.P.” was the title tune from the first LP (and first record date) by the fully-formed “second great quintet” – Hancock, Carter, Williams, and Wayne Shorter. Both of these tracks hold primal positions in the annals of cool.

When Miles Davis became the first (and only) modern jazz figure ever to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year, it demanded reflection upon his impact on popular culture in general – not just the worlds of jazz and rock that he forever welded together at the hip in the late 1960s.

Decades later, in this landmark year of 2006 – in which Miles would have turned 80 years old on May 26th, and in which the 15th anniversary of his death is commemorated on September 25th – his mystique looms as large as ever on the landscape of ‘cool.’ The world of hip belongs to Miles, to paraphrase a line from Ol’ Blues Eyes’ handbook, and we are all just guests.

The marketing campaign devised for Cool & Collected will take full advantage of the celebrations that have already begun surrounding Miles’ 80th birthday. Targeting a very broad market on a lifestyle basis, this campaign seeks to introduce the legacy of Miles to a new generation of music listeners. Legacy will faithfully represent Miles as a fountainhead of inspiration, innovation, and style, in other words: Cool.

A combination of marketing tools will include a 30-second TV Commercial, and written testimonials from Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Trey Anastasio of Phish, Herb Alpert, Sting, Chris Botti, and more.

A full complement of media events – including induction onto Hollywood’s RockWalk (sponsored by Guitar Center Music Foundation) and a football half-time tribute to Miles by the legendary USC Marching band on November 11th – are also scheduled. Various contests and sweepstakes, along with a growing list of third party corporate sponsorships, grassroots marketing efforts, and a strong online presence is also being coordinated.

“Miles Dewey Davis III – trumpeter, visionary, and eternal modernist – was a force of nature,” wrote Ashley Kahn (author of Kind Of Blue: The Making Of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, Da Capo, 2000) in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame dinner journal on the occasion of Miles’ induction. “With an ear that disregarded categories of style, he sought out new musical worlds, and generations followed in his footsteps. While the creative rush and experimental charge that come to most musicians in youth eventually run down, Davis held an exploratory edge for most of his 65 years. It had to be fresh, or forget it.”

MTV and VH1 to Air 10 Consecutive Hours of Musical Performances from Recent Live 8 Concerts

MTV and VH1 to Air 10 Consecutive Hours of Musical Performances from Recent Live 8 Concerts

MTV: Music Television and VH1 announced today that this Saturday, July 9, the two networks will collectively air 10 consecutive hours of commercial-free musical performances from the recent Live 8 concerts that took place July 2.

VH1 will kick off the first five hours of "Live 8: A Concert to Make Poverty History" from 10am-3pm ET/PT. Continuing the music play, MTV will pick up with an additional five hours, beginning at 3pm ET/PT through 8pm ET/PT.

"Live 8 was a wonderful, peaceful, global and epic event involving over 150 musical acts playing their hearts out for the noble cause of eradicating poverty worldwide," said Van Toffler, MTVN Music Group President.

"At MTV and VH1, we're in a constant and candid dialogue with our audience. In the wake of our coverage last Saturday, our viewers have resoundingly told us on-line they want to see full performances from their favorite artists. As a result of viewer demand and thanks to the Live 8 organizers and performers, MTV & VH1 will air 10 consecutive hours from one of the most important musical events of our time."

Additionally, premiering Friday, July 8 at 9pm ET/PT, MTV will air a half- hour news special titled "Live 8: Next Steps," which will include news packages about the concerts, the G8 Summit and more. The special will repeat on MTV following the 5-hour music block on Saturday, July 9, at 8pm ET/PT.

On July 2, from 12-8pm ET/9am-5pm PT, more than 18 million viewers tuned into to MTV and VH1 for coverage of Live 8. One week later, as the G8 Summit concludes in Scotland and where world leaders considered the impact of the global effort to fight poverty, the networks are extending the Live 8 message by airing these additional uninterrupted hours of performances from legendary and current artists.

VH1 and MTV's presentations will differ somewhat, with each network airing those performances that best fit the interests of their audiences.

For example, both channels will air performances from U2, Pink Floyd, Orchestra Baobab, Coldplay and Sir Paul McCartney, with VH1 airing Rob Thomas, Sting, Dave Matthews Band, and Maroon 5 exclusively and MTV airing Linkin Park & Jay Z, The Killers, Kanye West and Green Day exclusively. A full rundown for each network will be available on their respective websites, and, on Friday.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with 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, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks.

MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 80 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV; VH1
NEW YORK, July 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

MTV, VH1, and CMT Launch Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign

MTV, VH1, and CMT Launch Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign

Live Multi-Artist, Multi-Genre, Multi-Platform Special

Set for Saturday, September 10th Featuring Ludacris, Green Day, Gretchen Wilson, Usher, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, David Banner, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and More.

Special to Direct Donations to The American Red Cross and Promote Volunteerism

MTV, VH1, and CMT today announced the first stage of an ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief campaign -- a multi-artist, multi-genre, multi-platform live performance special set to air across all three networks on Saturday, September 10th. The special will seek to raise much needed funds for The American Red Cross and similar organizations as they continue their relief efforts. The campaign will also seek to activate the diverse audiences across MTV, VH1, and CMT to drive volunteerism, donations, and general awareness.

"In the face of a tragedy of this scope, we simply have to do everything in our power to offer support, comfort and hope to all the people directly impacted by the hurricane. This is always the first and best instinct of all our millions of viewers, and the artists we know so well. If we can offer a platform to contribute in some meaningful way, all of our MTV Networks brands will be there," said Judy McGrath, Chair and CEO, MTV Networks. "Our goal is to join forces on every medium to get involved, to volunteer, to contribute in any way we can."

"There's been an outpouring of support and concern and a desire to help from the artist community, our audiences and our employees. We feel fortunate to be able to provide a forum to channel all of this energy and good will and to let the people in the affected states know that we're there for them," said Van Toffler, President MTV Networks Music Group. "Many of the artists across our channels are from the affected areas and have a strong connection to the south. We are looking to activate every hip-hop, rock, country, R&B, and pop music fan out there to get involved and help support the relief efforts."

The ongoing relief campaign will kick off with a live programming block from locations in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Nashville featuring Ludacris, Green Day, Gretchen Wilson, Usher, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, David Banner, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and more. The special will feature performances from country, pop, rock, and hip-hop artists and will be simulcast across all three networks, as well as MTV2, mtvU, VH1 Classic, plus MTV Overdrive and VSpot, the broadband video networks. Additional details will be announced shortly.

Starting immediately, all CMT, VH1, and MTV platforms will begin an awareness campaign to provide information to viewers on how to get involved and participate in the relief efforts. Viewers and users will be directed to web sites and numbers where they can make donations of money, clothing, equipment, and anything else that may help the affected areas

MTV News also announced today that it will air a special on the hurricane relief efforts which will also air on Saturday, September 10th and feature news correspondents Gideon Yago, Sway Calloway, and SuChin Pak filing from the hardest hit areas.

mtvU also announced today that it will be partnering with its nearly 7 million college students, national fraternities and sororities, other student organizations and Urban Outfitters to mobilize clothing drives, donations and volunteer relief efforts. mtvU will also continue to broadcast special features from the universities most affected by the hurricane, and will highlight the relief work of the thousands of college students who have been displaced and cannot return to their schools.

Viacom, MTV Networks parent company, is making a $1,000,000 cash contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Effort and is also instituting a worldwide employee matching gift program for employee donations. For any donation made by a Viacom employee to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Effort, Viacom will match the amount, over and above the company's direct cash contribution.

Additionally, Viacom's other media properties, including BET, CBS, and UPN, as well as Infinity Broadcasting and Viacom Outdoor have a variety of support efforts underway ranging from special programming, to the donation of significant air time for public service announcements for the American Red Cross and other organizations that are coordinating relief and fundraising efforts. Local television, radio and outdoor operations are also involved in organizing and supporting community-based relief efforts.

The total value of these efforts including donated airtime and ad space is estimated to total tens of millions of dollars overall.

The American Red Cross is asking people to help by making an online contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund at or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW to donate, signing up with a local chapter to volunteer or making a blood donation.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV
NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ --




The Academy of Country Music announced today that more than 36 all-star country artists will participate in the Academy of Country Music 4th Annual Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund on Sunday, May 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the fourth time in the Motorcycle Ride’s history, Montgomery Gentry will host the event.

Artists participating in this year’s event are Keith Anderson, Dierks Bentley, Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Carolina Rain, Emerson Drive, Cory Gierman, Josh Gracin, Heartland, Steve Holy, Buddy Jewel, Little Texas, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Heidi Newfield, John Nicholson, James Otto, The Road Hammers, Ray Scott, Trent Tomlinson, Trick Pony, Two Foot Fred, The Warren Brothers and Trent Willmon.

The Academy of Country Music Charity Motorcycle Ride will kick-off from one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealerships, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson. The riders will cruise through Nevada’s vast desert oasis and up along snowy mountain tops until they reach their final destination, the world famous Fremont Street. The sun will be begin to set upon a concert extravaganza that will feature past and present Academy of Country Music Award nominees and some of country’s best new artists.

To register for this year’s Academy of Country Music Celebrity Motorcycle Ride please visit Registration fees start as little as $30, with proceeds benefiting the Academy of Country Music® Charitable Fund.

The 42nd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ceremony honoring country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, an artist and industry-driven organization, exists to produce a world-class network television awards show, and its associated events, to provide the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of its Charitable Fund. Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund promotes and supports music education and humanitarian programs that transform the human spirit. Through its charitable donations, the ACMCF works towards two main goals: encouraging Learning Through Music and Healing Through Music.

The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,500 professional members and more than 40,000 associate members, was established in 1964 and is headquartered in Encino, Calif. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, please visit For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND, please visit

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is produced for television by dick clark productions. The show is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and R.A. Clark, and produced by Barry Adelman. The executive in charge of production is Bob Bardo, and the executive in charge is Francis LaMaina.

ENCINO, CA (March 8, 2007) –

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Natalie Grant Finds a Home at the Top of the Charts

Natalie Grant Finds a Home at the Top of the Charts

Curb Records' recording artist, Natalie Grant, has a lot to celebrate this week. Her powerful single "Held" is enjoying a second week at #1 on Christian Radio Weekly's AC chart. Her album "Awaken" hit the #1 slot on the CBA SoundScan sales chart yesterday. It's her first album to reach the top of the charts.

"Radio showed what they can do when excited about a song that doesn't fit a sound, style or format but moves and impacts the lives of their listeners. That's what hits are all about," says John Butler, Vice President, Christian Promotion for Curb Records.

Grant has been soaring to top positions in many different areas as of late, including both traditional and new media. She continues to hold down the #1 spot on Apple's iTunes Inspirational chart, both for her album "Awaken" and her hit single, "Held."

Dennis Hannon, Executive VP/General Manager of Curb, isn't surprised by all her recent achievements. "Natalie has made the album of her career. The current single, 'Held,' continues to touch listeners in both Christian and Mainstream radio formats. Natalie Grant is an artist whose voice and lyrical message combine together to form true grace and artistry. 'Awaken' is an awesome album! We are proud to be a part of her growing success."

Inspired by a trip to India with Shared Hope International and disturbed by the tragedy of human trafficking, Natalie recently founded the HOME Foundation with one goal in mind: To help those who may not otherwise be helped. Her book, The Real Me: Becoming The Girl God Sees (W Publishing/Transit), is due out in October.

For more information about Natalie Grant or the Home Foundation, visit or

Source: Curb Records
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 13, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Nelly and Reebok Announces Partnership with Multi-Platinum Hip-Hop Sensation

Whoa Nelly! Reebok Announces Partnership with Multi-Platinum Hip-Hop Sensation

Grammy Award Winning Rap Artist Nelly Becomes Latest Icon to Join Brand to Create New Excitement in The World of Sports and Music

Three-time Grammy Award winner, Nelly and Reebok today announce a long-term partnership that includes a signature collection of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories.

The initial launch of the collection will be in holiday 2005 in select boutiques and athletic specialty retailers with an expanded distribution in 2006. The collection will feature clean, aggressive, sport-inspired designs with unique colors and materials that reflect Nelly's personal style and flavor.

"I've always been into sneakers and throughout my career I've always wanted to have a signature pair of sneakers that truly reflect my personal style," said Nelly. "It made the most sense for me to partner with Reebok because they fully understand and respect the culture of sports, music and entertainment."

Nelly will also be featured in Reebok's "I Am What I Am" global advertising campaign. Created by New York advertising agency mcgarrybowen, the "I Am What I Am" campaign celebrates contemporary heroes of today's global youth including music icons, athletes and entertainers.

Nelly is the newest star to join the Reebok "I Am What I Am" family which includes Allen Iverson, Jay-Z, Yao Ming, Curt Schilling, 50 Cent, Nicole Vaidisova, Donovan McNabb, Christina Ricci, Stevie Williams, and many more. The multi-faceted campaign links the entire brand's marketing and advertising efforts under the "I Am What I Am" umbrella, and is supported by the company's largest advertising spend in nearly a decade.

"Reebok's partnership with Nelly elevates the fusion of sports and music to a whole new level," says Dennis Baldwin, Reebok's chief marketing officer. "Not only is Nelly an incredible artist, but his passion for music is equally matched by his love of sports. Nelly has a unique style that transcends music and cultural genres with a broad consumer appeal that speaks to who Reebok truly is as a brand."

The partnership was secured with the assistance of Steve Stoute, founder of Translation entertainment marketing firm. Stoute, who serves as a consultant for Reebok, plays a key role in the brand's affiliation in the entertainment industry.

"Nelly is a great addition to the Rbk family," said Stoute. "He is grounded in authenticity which makes him a perfect fit for the brand."

Born Cornell Haynes Jr., the St. Louis, Missouri native has long been recognized for his unique style and influence as an entertainer.

Nelly has had success across the board from recording hit songs with musicians such as Pharrell Williams, P. Diddy, Tim McGraw and Justin Timberlake.

With more than 30 million albums sold throughout his career, Nelly is universally acknowledged as one of the top selling rap artists of all-time.

Not simply satisfied with making music, Nelly, outfitted in Reebok apparel, scored plenty of touchdowns as a star in the film "The Longest Yard". Additionally, the one-time baseball prospect that was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball, became only the second music artist to become part owner of an NBA franchise as he joined the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

In addition to participating in baseball and basketball, Nelly has performed at two Super Bowls during his music career (Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII).

Reebok International Ltd. (NYSE:RBK) , headquartered in Canton, MA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment under the Reebok, Rockport, CCM, Jofa, Koho and Greg Norman brands. Sales for 2004 totaled approximately $3.8 billion.

Source: Reebok International Ltd.
CANTON, Mass., July 19, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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Nelly Furtado Charts at Number 1 As Producer Timbaland Readies 1st Release on Mosley Music Group Label

Proven hitmaker Timbaland has a whole new musical onslaught in store for 2006. This time it's on his new joint venture label with the Interscope/Geffen/A&M (IGA) label group called the Mosley Music Group (MMG).

The Virginia native, who has been behind hits from multi-platinum artists like Missy Elliott ("Get Ur Freak On"), Aaliyah ("One In Million"), Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"), Justin Timberlake ("Cry Me A River," Snoop Dogg ("Snoop Dogg") and Ludacris ("Roll Out"), among others, will now be producing hits for his own imprint. He will also continue producing other artists as well.

The first project from the newly launched label is for Canadian-born pop artist Nelly Furtado, who is a four-time Grammy nominee, including Song of the Year for her hit "Fly Like A Bird." The songwriter/songbird has been zipping between Toronto and Miami, where Timbaland now lives, recording her follow-up LP to her 2003 Folklore and her 2000 debut Whoa! Nelly.

The first single, "Promiscuous" featuring Timbaland, is a certified dance- floor mover, with a sexy slow vibe -- a definite club jam with that signature Timbaland beat. Just in time for the summer heat, the June 20th single release is Number One in the Country and for sure this summers blockbuster.

R&B artist Keri Hilson, who is also known for writing on Mary J. Blige's Breakthrough, Pussycat Dolls' PCD, B5, and Ushers' The Red Light District, is another artist signed to MMG that Timbaland is executive producing.

"Mosley Music Group is a label where the doors are open to all kinds of music," explains Timbaland and CEO Marcus Spence. The visionary producer is no stranger to Platinum.

From jetting across the world to collaborate with Bjork to producing the upcoming highly anticipated Justin Timberlake album, Timbaland stays at the forefront of contemporary music. He's not just in the mix; he creates the mix.

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Source: Mosley Music Group
NEW YORK, July 12, 2006 /PRNewswire/

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Nemo Music Festival Performers Set for September 29-October 2nd, 2005

Nemo Music Festival September 29-October 2nd, 2005

This year the NEMO Conference is being held at the Boston Center for the Arts. All daytime activities including the trade show, panel discussions, daytime indoor acoustic and outdoor plaza stages, mentor sessions and the NEMO Art Show will all be held at the BCA.

In addition to our new location, we have added several attractions to this year's conference including: an Apple Computers Classroom, The Gibson Guitars tour bus, The Budweiser True Music Lounge and The Jameson Irish Whiskey Outdoor stage. This is a lot of cool stuff to check out in only two days!


Joss Stone, Los Lonely Boys, The Posies, Aqualung, Tracy Bonham, Stephen
Kellogg & the Sixers, deSol, Alien Ant Farm, Ashlee Simpson, Ellis
Paul, Doug Gillard, Love Is Laughter, The Electric Six, Jon Randall,
Cheerleader 666, Waltham, Kevin Hearn And Thin Buckle, Voicst, Robbers On
High Street, Zox, Dirty On Purpose, Diamond Nights, Matt Mays & El Torpedo,
Hero Pattern, Sam Bisbee, ps, Monofog, The Kin, Remains Of Brian
Borcherdt, aderbat, Woke Up In Vegas, Toussaint Yeshua, The Perishers,
Julian Velard, Heideroosjes, Rocketscience, Furvis, Army of Me, Black
Mountain, The Dirty Things, Josh Radin, The Emeralds, As Fast As, AM, The
Bon Savants, Dan Dyer, MinaMina Goodsong, Aberdeen City, Apollo 13, Jonny
Lives, BOY, Mieka Pauley, The Hot IQ's, Jimmy Ryan, Black Morning Star,
Rebekah Jordan, My Little Radio, Deathray Davies, The Plain Janes, Sarah
Borges, Taylor Hollingsworth, The Trews, Will Dailey And The
Rivals, The Bleedin' Bleedins, Robby Roadsteamer, Muck And The Mires, The
Pink Slips, Alternate Routes, Teenage Prayers, Kelli Scarr, Benzos, David
Ross McDonald, Trumystic, The Milwaukees, EJ Labb, Sucka Brown, Murdocks,
The Effects, Margot and the Nuclear So & So's, Cocked & Loaded, Doyle Lawson,
Bandcamp, East 146, Adelyn, The Waking Eyes, Cyanide Valentine, Skeleton & The Ghost
Faced Boy, Blizzard of '78, Nine Black Alps, Braddigan, Fluttr Effect,
Frank Smith, Christopher Jak, Andromeda, Bourbon Princess and many, many more to be announced shortly! Please check for all showcase performer

Representatives from the following companies, organizations and bands will
be participating on panels and mentor sessions: Universal Records, The
Madison Group, CD Baby, Fenway Recordings, Decent Xposure, Lunch Records,
NACA,, PKA Management, Immortal Records, GoGirls Music,
Garvan Management/Americana Music Association, IODAlliance, Undertow Music,
Berklee College of Music, Jupiter Sunrise, Pretty Polly Productions, ASCAP,
Heavy Rotation Records, Advent Music, The Phoenix Media Group, WBCN, The
Boston Metro and many, many more to be announced shortly!

Panel topics include:
State Of The Music Industry
The Local Scene: What's going on in New England
Women In The Music Industry
Touring Today
DIY-The Changing Face of the Industry
Building & Breaking A Band
Creating The Team
Studio Production Workshop Presented by M-Works Studio
The Keys to Creating a Buzz
Music Entrepreneurship presented by Berklee College of Music
Record Labels: What Are They Looking for Today?
CD Baby Workshop with Derek Sivers

More panels to be announced next week! Please check


New Clutch Album Debuts at #93 on Billboard Top 200

New Clutch Album Debuts at #93 on Billboard Top 200

Robot Hive/Exodus Marks Clutch's Highest Chart Debut and First Week Sales Ever

DRT recording artist Clutch's new album, Robot Hive/Exodus, will debut next week at #93 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and #7 on the Independent Label chart.

With sales of almost 13,000, Robot Hive/Exodus (their sixth studio album) marks the band's highest chart debut and biggest first week sales in their 12 year history.

Clutch is currently co-headlining the 'Sounds of the Underground' tour of which DRT Entertainment is a proud sponsor. The band will be playing material from the new album, including the first single "10001," as the tour crosses North America through the first week of August, and will return to the road in Fall 2005 for their own headlining tour.

"This impressive first sales week by Clutch not only affirms the band's continuing relevance within the rock community," said DRT co-principal Derek Shulman, "but also shows how competitive a full service independent label like DRT can be with quality rock acts such as Clutch. We believe that this is the precursor of many more successes for the label. It is artists of the caliber of Clutch and Blindside that will set DRT apart and we are all very excited and honored to help further the careers of these and other artists on the label."

DRT's upcoming releases include The Great Depression from Swedish rock band Blindside in late August, and the debut album Fact & Fiction (produced by Trapt's Chris Brown) from Northern California's Aphasia.

DRT Entertainment is an independent record label founded in 2003 by senior music industry executives Derek Shulman, Ron Urban and Ted Green. The company is distributed through an exclusive, long term agreement with Navarre Entertainment (NASDAQ:NAVR) , one of the industry's largest independent distributors of music, home video and multimedia software products. DRT's roster includes Blindside, Lit, Street Dogs, Fu Manchu, Gwar, American Head Charge, and Aphasia.

Source: DRT Entertainment
NEW YORK, June 30, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

NEW DANZIG DVD - "Il Demonio Nera"


Release Date Now Confirmed for July 12, 2005

Attention, purveyors of All Things Danzig: "Il Demonio Nera" (The Black Demon), a brand-new DVD collection of videos, video outtakes, alternative versions and previously unreleased material from DANZIG¹s Danzig 4 (2000) and Danzig 5 (2002) projects, will be in-stores on Tuesday, July 12.

Personally combing through the Danzig vaults, Glenn Danzig chose the tracks for the "Il Demonio Nera" DVD which offer a variety of versions of Danzig classics such as "I Don¹t Mind The Pain," "Serpentia," "Cantspeak" and "Until You Call on the Dark."

Danzig's choice of director"s for these videos was certainly inspired: Dean Karr, who directed the video for "Until You Call on the Dark," went on to direct Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams" video and Iron Maiden "Rock in Rio" concert full-length; and the never-before-released video for "Serpentia" from Danzig 5, was directed by E. Elias Merhige who helmed the feature film "Shadow of the Vampire" starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.

"Il Demonio Nera" is just the latest project from Glenn Danzig, arguably one of the most versatile talents to emerge from hardcore¹s first wave. His most current Danzig album, "Circle of Snakes," was released last fall; his "Black Aria 2" CD will be released later this year, and he is getting ready to direct ³Gerouge,² his first feature film for Rainstrom Productions.

"Il Demonio Nera" will be Danzig¹s second DVD collection of vintage videos ­ "Danzig ­ Archive De La Morte," which features videos from "Danzig 3" and "Thralldemonsweatlive" was released in 2003.

A complete track listing and details for "Il Demonio Nera" is as follows:

1. Until You Call on the Dark ­ MTV Version (Danzig 4)
2. Until You Call on the Dark ­ Glenn Danzig Performance (directed by Peter Christopherson)
3. Cantspeak ­ Clean Version (Danzig 4)
4. Canspeak ­ Filter Pass Version (directed by Fred Stohr)
5. I Don¹t Mind the Pain ­ MTV Version (Danzig 4) 6. I Don¹t Mind the Pain ­ Glenn Danzig Perfrmance
7. I Don¹t Mind the Pain ­ Band Performance (directed by Dean Karr)
8. Sadistikal ­ B/W Version ­ Unreleased (Danzig 4)
9. Sadistikal ­ Color and B/W Version ­ Unreleased (directed by Glenn Danzig)
10. Sacrifice ­ Director¹s Cut ­ Letterboxes (Danzig 5) (directed by Glenn Danzig)
11. Serpentia ­ Regular Verson ­ Unreleased (Danzig 5)
12. Serpentia ­ Alt. Verson ­ Unreleased (directed by Elias Merhige)

Nominations announced for the 42nd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

Winners will receive their awards during a star-studded event to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The nominees were announced at a press conference held today at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame(R) and Museum in Nashville. Participating in the press conference was multi-platinum recording artists Kenny Chesney and Sugarland along with Hannah Storm of CBS' 'The Early Show.'

George Strait led with eight nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. In addition Strait was nominated as artist and producer for both Album of the Year for 'It Just Comes Natural' and Single Record of the Year for "Give It Away" along with nods for Song of the Year for "Give It Away" and Video of the Year for "Seashores of Old Mexico." Strait has previously won 15 Academy of Country Music Award honors.

Brooks & Dunn are nominated for seven awards including Entertainer of the Year, Top Vocal Duo, Album of the Year for 'Hillbilly Deluxe,' Video of the Year for "Hillbilly Deluxe," and Vocal Event of the Year for "Building Bridges" with Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow. They have previously been awarded 21 Academy of Country Music Awards as a duo, with Ronnie Dunn having received 22 Academy of Country Music Awards in total.

Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn is nominated in seven categories as part of Brooks & Dunn (see above) and also has additional solo nomination in the Vocal Event of the Year category for "I Don't Want To" with Ashley Monroe.
Rascal Flatts are nominated in six categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Vocal Group, Album of the Year for 'Me and My Gang,' and Single Record of the Year for "What Hurts the Most." They have previously been awarded six Academy of Country Music Awards.

Carrie Underwood has five nominations including Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for 'Some Hearts,' along with Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year all for "Before He Cheats." She was awarded two Academy of Country Music Awards last year-Top New Female and Single Record of the Year-in her first year to ever be nominated for a country music award.

Big & Rich received four nominations including Top Vocal Duo, Video of the Year for "8th of November" and for Vocal Event of the Year for "That's How They Do It In Dixie," with Hank Williams Jr., Gretchen Wilson and Van Zant.
John Rich has an additional nomination for producing Gretchen Wilson's single, "Politically Uncorrect" which brings his total to five nominations.

Vince Gill, Josh Turner and Gretchen Wilson all received three nominations. Vince Gill received nods for both artist and producer for Album of the Year for 'These Days,' and Vocal Event of the Year for "Building Bridges." Josh Turner is nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Would You Go With Me," and Vocal Event of the Year for "Me and God." Gretchen Wilson is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for both "Politically Uncorrect" and "That's How They Do It In Dixie," for the former, she receives an additional producing nod.

Kenny Chesney -- on hand at the press conference to read the nominations live -- received two nominations, one each for Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. He has previously been awarded six Academy of Country Music Awards including reigning, back-to-back Entertainer of the Year wins. Sugarland, also on hand to read nominations, received one nod in the Top Vocal Duo category. They were last year's Top New Duo or Vocal Group winner.

Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Host, presenters and performers who will appear on the special will be announced at a later date.
Following is the list of final nominees in the 13 categories voted on by the membership. Winners in each of the following categories will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the television broadcast:

The 42nd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ceremony honoring country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

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Noted Jazz Musician Says MTV/Hip Hop Generation May Kill Classical and Jazz Music

Noted Jazz Musician Says MTV/Hip Hop Generation May Kill Classical and Jazz Music

The MTV/Hip Hop Generation, which is indoctrinated in electronic and non-melodious music, has placed classical music and jazz in "grave" danger according to trombonist Gregory Charles Royal, an alumnus of the Grammy Award winning Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Royal, artistic director of the American Youth Symphony (AYS) in Washington, DC says that the growth in Hip Hop and MTV has resulted in a 30- and- under generation with no appreciation of traditional music. In fact, Royal has written a play about the subject, which was a New York JVC Jazz Festival Special Event. The play is available free on DVD at

"If you consider that the vast amount of college graduates over the past few years don't even register in their consciousness the sound of a cello, clarinet, French horn or flute, how can you even begin to expect them to appreciate traditional forms of music, not to mention going out and actually purchasing a ticket?" says Royal, who has lectured on American music at colleges and universities.

Royal says that the lack of general music education in the schools and the misuse of technology that allows young artists to bypass musical skill have provided what he calls the "nail in the coffin."

"The fact that the under-30 generation can call Rap records "songs," even though the vast majority of them have no melody, is a barometer of how far musical standards have fallen," says Royal, who holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Howard University.

"We in the artistic community must make up lost ground for our abandonment and lack of guidance of this generation. We must partner with Hip Hop artists and labels to lobby them to utilize acoustic instruments. We must also persuade organizations interested in the preservation of traditional music, like the Knight Foundation, to offer grants to Hip Hop producers that choose to use real instruments in their music. We have to get acoustic sounds back in the marketplace," says Susan Veres, Executive Director of AYS.

Source: American Youth Symphony
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Olivia Newton-John's New Studio Album 'Stronger Than Before' Available Exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores

Olivia Newton-John's New Studio Album 'Stronger Than Before' Available Exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores

Release by Multiple Grammy Award Winner to Benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Hallmark announced today that multiple Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John's new studio album, "Stronger Than Before," will be available only at Hallmark Gold Crown(R) stores from September 1, 2005 through October 31, 2005.

The CD, recorded specifically for Hallmark and the cornerstone of Hallmark Gold Crown stores' newly expanded program in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is one of several new items that will be sold to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The announcement was made by Ann Herrick, integrated marketing manager at Hallmark.

Olivia Newton-John, a 13-year breast cancer survivor and outspoken advocate for early detection and treatment, was selected by Hallmark for their first ever Breast Cancer Awareness Month CD.

"Stronger Than Before" features songs of inspiration, courage and hope. Olivia selected each track because of the messages that relate to the complex emotions cancer patients and their loved ones experience. Working primarily with other women and trusted friends, many of who are cancer survivors, the CD features seven tracks produced by Chong Lim and Olivia Newton-John, two produced by Amy Sky and one produced by Amy Sky and Kim Bullard.

The ten songs include Phenomenal Woman, based on the poem by Maya Angelou, featuring the voices of Patti LaBelle, Diahann Carroll and others; Can I Trust Your Arms, written by Olivia's daughter, Chloe, as a special Christmas gift for her mother; and That's All I Know For Sure, written by Olivia for her daughter.

"Stronger Than Before" is priced at $9.95 with two dollars of each CD purchase donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

This year is the seventh anniversary of the Hallmark Gold Crown Cards for the Cure(TM) program, featuring a free, specially designed card that reminds friends and family about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

2005 is also the seventh year that a Keepsake Ornament will be available. Angel of Grace, featuring a design with a pink ribbon, will be offered during the September/October timeframe to coincide with the CD campaign. Sold exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores, two dollars from the sale of each $14.95 ornament will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

In addition, a minimum of ten percent of the retail price of a newly created gift collection will be donated. The collection includes boxed note cards, a memo pad, framed sentiment that features a poem titled "A Toast to Women," pink suede-paper journal, heart-shaped bezel box, pink champagne glasses, and a pink nightshirt.

Olivia Newton-John's signing reflects Hallmark's ongoing commitment to partnering with world-renowned artists in the music industry. Teri Brown, president of T.B.A. Network, Inc., was instrumental in crafting the partnership between Hallmark and Newton-John.

About Hallmark:

Kansas City-based Hallmark is known throughout the world for its greeting cards, related personal expression products, and television's most honored and enduring dramatic series, the Hallmark Hall of Fame. The company's Hallmark Entertainment, Inc. subsidiary is the world's leading producer and distributor of movies and miniseries made for television; its Binney & Smith subsidiary, maker of Crayola(R) crayons and markers, is the leading producer of art materials for children and students. Through licensing leadership and joint ventures, Hallmark continues to expand its product formats and distribution avenues. The company publishes products in more than 30 languages and distributes them in more than 100 countries through a multi-national strategy. In 2004, Hallmark reported consolidated net revenues of $4.4 billion.

About Hallmark Gold Crown(R):

The Hallmark Gold Crown(R) network of stores stands for excellence in specialty store retailing and is the premiere channel of distribution for Hallmark-branded products. About 4,200 Hallmark Gold Crown stores can be found nationwide, most of them independently owned and operated. A Hallmark Gold Crown store is the specialty retail environment preferred by consumers who seek a comfortable shopping atmosphere, a higher level of customer service, and an extensive selection of greeting cards, gifts and other personal expression products. For the nearest Hallmark Gold Crown store, call 1-800-HALLMARK or use the store locator on

About Hallmark Music:

Hallmark has offered music since the mid-1980s. Last year's holiday selection featured James Taylor and this year's Valentine's Day CD was by Martina McBride. In addition, 32 everyday titles are available in Hallmark stores, including artists such as Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, and Louis Armstrong.

Source: Hallmark
KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 12, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Parton Announces Music Theater & Entertainment District in North Carolina

Parton Announces Music Theater & Entertainment District in North Carolina

History was made last week as country music artist Randy Parton, brother of mega star Dolly Parton, inked a deal with private developers and the City of Roanoke Rapids for development of a music theater and entertainment district to be located along Interstate 95 in the vicinity of Exit 171 in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

The development represents a music and entertainment venue that will become a nationally recognized travel destination for our state. With the attraction of Grand Ole Opry legends, family entertainment venues such as music theaters, shopping, hotels, motels, restaurants, and family recreational activities, the project's location along Interstate 95 has the potential to attract visitors from across the country.

The project will encompass over 700 acres and will be built in phases. Phase I of the project will encompass 116 acres along Interstate 95 at Exit 171 and represents an estimated $129,000,000 investment and the creation of over 2,595 new jobs.

"The Northeast Partnership is extremely proud to have played a role in bringing Randy Parton and the entertainment district to Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County," commented Jack Runion, Chairman of North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, Inc. "The economic impact of this project will be felt for generations to come," Runion added.

Roanoke Rapids Mayor Drewery Beale, added, "This is exactly the type of business the citizens of Roanoke Rapids want and need. There will be thousands of good jobs created, and the revenues from the entertainment district will benefit all of Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County."

Over the past several months, North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, Inc. has been working with Parton to determine the viability for development of music and entertainment venues in North Carolina's Northeast Region. After an extensive review of the region's potential, the Partons identified the Roanoke Valley and I-95 corridor as an immediate development opportunity.

The anchor of the entertainment district will be The Randy Parton Theater. The proposed 35,000-square-foot, 1,500-seat theater will hosts the legends of The Grand Ole Opry, as well as up-and-coming country, pop, beach, and gospel music concerts and shows.

"Our goal is to bring quality family entertainment to the Roanoke Valley and Northeastern North Carolina that you otherwise might have to go to Branson, Missouri to enjoy," said Parton.

Deb Parton, Randy Parton's wife and business partner, added, "We recognized early in this process that this area was ripe for this type of venue and we truly appreciate the hospitality and pro-business approach taken by the City of Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County." She added, "Now, we want to repay that hospitality by bringing entertainment to North Carolina's Northeast Region that everyone can enjoy." "Tourism has been growing by leaps and bounds in Halifax County and we are well-known for our hospitality," said Lori Medlin, Executive Director of the Halifax County Tourism Development Authority. "We are excited to welcome the Parton's and invite the world to enjoy this new entertainment venue and all we have to offer in Halifax County," Medlin added.

Economic Research Associates of New York, NY and Washington, DC, conducted a feasibility study for proposed development, indicating the project is viable and can attract the level of visitors required to make this a major travel destination for the area and state.

An economic impact analysis completed by the Carolina Center for Competitive Economies, UNC-Chapel Hill, studied the direct, indirect and induced affects of this project on North Carolina's Northeast Region.

The analysis revealed a strong impact on the regional and state economies, estimating increased industry output of $533.6 million, increased employment of 12,250, and increased labor income by $204.7 million over the next three years.

Private development partners include Blanchard and Calhoun and Roanoke Rapids Entertainment One, along with the City of Roanoke Rapids. North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, Inc., the City of Roanoke Rapids, and the Halifax County Tourism Development Authority worked collaboratively on this project.

Michael Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids Entertainment One, commented, "My partner, George Ragsdale and I are delighted to partner with the Parton's and the City of Roanoke Rapids to bring clean, family entertainment to my hometown. We are confident this project will have one of the most significant positive economic impacts that Northeastern North Carolina has ever seen."

Michael Graybill, Principal with Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial, added, "Seven years ago, we saw the potential of Roanoke Rapids and helped develop Premier Landing. As developers of numerous commercial projects throughout the Southeast, we applaud the commitment of City leaders in encouraging development to take place. We are pleased to see the community rewarded for their efforts."

Spurred by the announcement of the Roanoke Rapids Entertainment District, a consortium of marine life experts also announced plans to open a $14 million ocean-themed theater in Roanoke Rapids.

The theater will feature several aquariums, a variety of hands-on educational exhibits, as well as various ocean-themed movies. "We're excited to be a part of the upcoming Entertainment Complex in Roanoke Rapids," said a spokesperson for the consortium.

The opening of the ocean-themed theater will coincide with the opening of the Randy Parton Theater in the spring of 2007.

North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, Inc. is dedicated to increasing the standard of living for citizens in its sixteen-county region through industrial and business development and tourism. The public and private partnership strives to improve economic conditions in Northeast North Carolina by marketing the region's excellent business, tourism, and quality-of-life amenities. For more information about North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, Inc., contact Rick Watson, President & CEO at 1-888-872-8562 or visit the Partnership's websites at and

Source: North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, Inc.

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C., July 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Peabo Bryson, Time Life's National Spokesperson Receives Recognition Plaque

Time Life Hosts Annual Party Celebrating 3 Million in CD Sales for the Classic Soul Ballads Collection

Peabo Bryson, Time Life's National Spokesperson Receives Recognition Plaque

Time Life Inc. recently hosted its annual party for their network affiliates, distributors and buyers at the NYC stylish hot spot the Show Nightclub. The buzz of the evening surrounded the 3 million CD sales mark of the Time Life Classic Soul Ballads collection.

Strauss Zelnick, CEO of ZelnickMedia and Chairman of Direct Holdings Worldwide L.L.C. owner of Time Life and Hakan Lindskog, Managing Director of Time Life presented Multi-Grammy award-winning legend, Peabo Bryson with a multi-platinum CD in re

cognition of his role as national spokesperson for Classic Soul Ballads. This timeless collection features some of the most romantic love songs, ballads and soul classics from Grammy-Award winning and legendary Soul artists of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. Recognized by music enthusiasts as the library of dreams, the Classic Soul Ballads collection includes "Can You Stop The Rain" by Peabo Bryson; "After The Love Has Gone" by Earth, Wind and Fire; "Stairway To Heaven" by The O'Jays; "Here And Now" by Luther Vandross and "Your Smile" by Rene and Angela, to highlight just a few.

Peabo Bryson has been seen by millions of TV viewers as Host of Time Life's Multi-Platinum selling Classic Soul Ballads and takes great pride in being the company's national spokesperson for the great music it continues to represent.

"I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the luminaries involved with the Classic Soul Ballads, some of the greatest selections of music ever forged into a collection. To be the spokesperson for Time Life and have my name associated with real artists that made real music during a pivotal era is awesome. This is definitely one the greatest honors of my career," Mr. Bryson states.

About Time Life Inc.

Headquartered in Fairfax Virginia, Time Life Inc. was founded in 1961 as one of the world's largest direct marketers of audio and video products on CD's, DVD's and VHS. The company sells music, videos, books and other products throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is the largest advertiser of music products in Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Time-Life also sells over the Internet (see links below) and through major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Circuit City, K-Mart, Musicland and Best Buy to traditional CD outlets.

About Peabo Bryson

Multiple Grammy Award-winning legend Peabo Bryson is one of contemporary music's premier male vocalists with a career spanning twenty-five years of amazing crossover and international hits. He is the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts: Pop and Adult Contemporary, Classical Crossover and Contemporary Jazz.

Source: Time Life Inc.
NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Pete Yorn Hits The Road for July Mini-Tour

Pete Yorn Hits The Road for July Mini-Tour

Critically-Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter To Play Seven Select Concert Dates over The Course of Next Two Weeks

Columbia Records artist Pete Yorn and his band, MINIBAR, will hit the road to play seven concerts -- including headlining gigs and festival performances -- beginning July 8 (see full itinerary following). The Pete Yorn July mini-tour provides a prelude to a full-scale national tour TBA.

Yorn will be performing fan favorites from his critically-acclaimed Columbia Records albums -- musicforthemorningafter and Day I Forgot -- as well as roadtesting new material from his upcoming third studio album, currently slated for a late autumn-early winter release.

As on previous Yorn tours, MINIBAR will be its own opening act, providing first set support for Pete at select venues.

The new as-yet-untitled Pete Yorn album, one of the year's most eagerly-anticipated releases, features tracks produced by Michael Beinhorn (Herbie Hancock, Social Distortion, Violet Femmes, Soundgarden, Korn), Don Fleming (Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub), and Pete Yorn.

Guest artists on the album include Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, the legendary superstar Leon Russell, and the Dixie Chicks (Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire).

"Some of the songs were recorded 'live' with MINIBAR and Joe Kennedy providing the backup," wrote Pete on his website ( "Others were built from the ground up with either myself or Dave Grohl playing drums."

The sessions and making of Pete Yorn's new album have been captured on film and are currently being edited for release.

From the beginning of his career, singer/songwriter/rocker Pete Yorn has been the topic of numerous critical accolades. Rolling Stone, who picked Pete as one of the magazine's "Ten To Watch In 2001," gave Pete's debut album, musicforthemorningafter, a four-star (****) rating calling the album " ... atmospheric, gently lit by sunlight and regret." Pete's debut album was certified RIAA gold as of April 24, 2002.

USA Today observed, "The latest last great hope for the ailing singer/songwriter genre may vaguely resemble a young Springsteen ... His insinuating melodies and lean ... driving graceful arrangements evoke R.E.M.'s early work. It's impossible to pigeonhole Yorn's music ... inspired quirkiness makes him, if not the future of rock 'n' roll, at least a promising new disciple."

Pete Yorn has toured actively since the release of musicforthemorningafter and has shared bills with the Foo Fighters, Semisonic, Coldplay, REM, and others.

He was the headline artist on the inaugural MTV2 Handpicked Tour and performed a set of Stooges covers with Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, and the Hives' Mike Vigilante and Pelle Almqvist at the second annual Shortlist Pri

ze for Artistic Achievement at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theater. Day I Forgot, Pete's eagerly-awaited successor to musicforthemorningafter, was released in April 2003 to widespread critical acclaim and debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200 best-selling album chart.

The album has SoundScanned more than a quarter million copies in the U.S. and generated the hit singles "Come Back Home" and "Crystal Village."

Live From New Jersey, a stunning full-length performance recorded live at the Community Theater in Morristown, New Jersey, on October 29, 2003, was made available in January 2004, proving itself to be a treasure trove for Pete Yorn fans as well as the perfect introduction to the scope of Pete's music.

PETE YORN Concert Tour Schedule:

07/08/05 Minneapolis, MN Basilica Block Party
07/10/05 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest / Music Market Stage
07/11/05 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
07/13/05 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
07/14/05 Covington, KY The Madison Theater
07/15/05 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
07/16/05 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

Source: Columbia Records
NEW YORK, July 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Phil Keaggy Releases New Vocal Project Dream Again Today

Nashville, TN - Strobie Records is pleased to announce that today, January 30, 2007, marks the release of Dream Again, legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy's first new vocal CD of original compositions in six years. Leaving behind the electric guitars of JAMMED! and the improvisational elements of Roundabout, Keaggy wanted to give the music of Dream Again more of a homespun feel.

To that end, he has paired very personal, insightful lyrics with acoustic arrangements that lend an intimate feeling to the entire project. The result is an album that is intensely close to Keaggy's heart.

"The album was inspired by people in my life who are near and dear to me," Keaggy says of Dream Again. "It's a relationship album-about our relationship with God and with those who are near in our lives."

Rave reviews are already streaming in about Dream Again. A few review highlights include:

"Keaggy may be revered as one of the industry's best guitarists, but this album reveals his pen is just as mighty as his ax." - Billboard

"[Keaggy's] most nuanced, diverse vocal performance on record." - Christian Musician Magazine

"A musically rich and thought-provoking album that'll remind you of a time when pop music was intelligent, creative and genuinely emotional." - Metro Voice News

"Dream Again will be a welcome addition to the collection of any Keaggy fan." - Al Menconi Ministries

Dream Again is available on Strobie Records and distributed through TAG Artist Group.

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Pretty Ricky and Eventful Launch 1,000 Demand Competition Giving Fans the Power to Shape Pretty Ricky's 2007 Tour

Chart-Topping Stars Pretty Ricky Promises to Perform in Every City That Gets Over 1,000 Fan Demands Using Eventful's Demand Service, the leading global events web site, announced today that Bluestar Entertainment International / Atlantic superstars, Pretty Ricky, will route their 2007 tour based on where fans want them to go using the latest live performance phenomenon, Eventful Demand.

The service is being used by thousands of performers including many of the most popular musicians and comedians. Eventful Demand empowers fans with the ability to influence where their favorite performers perform by creating grass-roots campaigns to "Demand" their favorite performers come to their town. Performers are then able to reach out to their Demanders to notify them that they are coming to town and offer ticket and merchandise sales.

On tour to promote the group's second album, "Late Night Special" -- which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 -- Pretty Ricky will be using the Eventful Demand service to let their fans compete for a stop on their tour. Once a city reaches 1,000 demands, Pretty Ricky will book the show. Fans anywhere and everywhere will be able to see the Florida-based foursome -- with total weekly sales of over 132,000, the album's explosive first week in stores gave the chart-toppers the biggest-selling debut of 2007 thus far -- live and in-person with just a simple click of a mouse.

"It is important that Pretty Ricky have accessibility to reach their fans," said manager Stephen Brush. "Eventful makes it so much easier to hit markets that tend to get overlooked since you know where the people are that want to see your act. Pretty Ricky has always been accessible via internet, phone and in person to their fans, and Eventful adds a great addition in the live performance field."

Eventful created the Demand service as a viral tool to help connect fans and performers across the globe. With the click of a button, Eventful Demand is transforming the touring market by empowering fans to influence the tours of their favorite performers and by enabling performers to make the best decisions about where to tour.

"Pretty Ricky and Atlantic Records have embraced Eventful Demand as a way to engage and empower their fans to shape their tour," said CEO Jordan Glazier. "We're excited to help connect them with their fans and sell out shows around the world."

Fans can log on to,, or to Demand a performance from Pretty Ricky in their town.

About Eventful, Inc.

San Diego-based Eventful, Inc. operates, the leading events website which enables its community of users to discover, promote, share and create events throughout the world. In addition to event discovery and promotion at, the company's underlying technology platform enables sharing, feeds and event data syndication to other websites, blogs, calendars and partners.

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Prince to Perform February 4 During the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show on CBS

PRINCE, one of the world's most electrifying performers, is set to perform in the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLI HALFTIME SHOW on CBS at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, February 4, the NFL announced today.

Prince is more than just one of the world's most popular and influential musicians -- he is an international icon. One of the greatest living performers of our time, he has sold nearly 100 million albums and is a member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

He has won six Grammy Awards (he's one of the leading nominees this year with 5 Grammy nominations) and five American Music Awards. He has one of the most recognizable and successful bodies of work of any musician, consisting of 20 Top 10 hits which include "Purple Rain," "Little Red Corvette," "1999," "Kiss," "When Doves Cry," "Cream," "Diamonds and Pearls" and countless others. There is no question that when it comes to his achievements, Prince has made an indelible mark on rock 'n roll history.

The Super Bowl is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program. More than 141 million viewers watched last year's game in the U.S. Super Bowl XLI will be broadcast to a potential worldwide audience of 1 billion in more than 230 countries and territories.

This year marks the first time Pepsi, which has been an NFL sponsor the past five seasons, has sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show.

Don Mischer Productions and White Cherry Entertainment will produce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show as part of their season-long marquee entertainment agreement with the NFL. The two companies produced the NFL Opening Kickoff 2006 special from Pittsburgh and the Thanksgiving special from Kansas City on NFL Network. In addition to the halftime show, they also will produce the Super Bowl XLI pregame show. Don Mischer Productions will serve as executive producer and director, while White Cherry Entertainment, led by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, will serve as executive producers. The NFL has worked the past three years with both Don Mischer Productions and White Cherry Entertainment on Opening Kickoff and Super Bowl shows.

Source: NFL; CBS
NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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R&B/Pop Artist Amerie is Nominated for Multiple BET Awards; Best Female R&B Single and Video of the Year

R&B/Pop Artist Amerie is Nominated for Multiple BET Awards; Best Female R&B Single and Video of the Year

Amerie's sophomore album, Touch (Sony Urban/Columbia) was one of the year's most highly-anticipated R&B/pop releases, debuting at #3 on Billboard's Hot 200 chart. Touch is Amerie's first new full-length album since her debut, All I Have, entered the Billboard Top 200 bestselling album chart at #9 in August 2002 and remained on that chart for more than six months.

All I Have peaked at #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA and has sold more than 600,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

From the Sophomore album, Touch, the second single video and title track, "Touch," produced by Lil Jon, recently debuted on BET's 106th & Park.

Boston Herald...on the Summer Jam Concert June 2005:

"It wasn't until R&B darling Amerie took the stage that some actual talent reared its head, as the rickety funk of her hit "1 Thing" forced the crowd to their feet for the first time in the evening."

Tracks on Touch are produced by Rich Harrison ("1 Thing," "Right Now" Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce's "Crazy In Love"), Lil' Jon, and "Touch" is written by platinum songwriter Sean Garrett (Usher's "Yeah," "Lose My Breath," "Girl," "Soldier" for Destiny Child and other top hits).

Amerie appeared as "Mia Thompson" in the blockbuster 2004 comedy, "First Daughter," starring Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton and directed by Forest Whitaker. "First Daughter" is now available on DVD.

This event is brought to you by Feenix Entertainment, James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment, Lori Leslie of Southern Girl Inc. and sponsored by Trace Magazine, A&, and Rocawear with a Live Broadcast by XM Radio.

Source: Columbia Records/6-25-05

R. Kelly 'Trapped In The Closet Chapters 1-12' in Stores November 1

R. Kelly 'Trapped In The Closet Chapters 1-12' in Stores November 1

Remix City Volume 1 In Stores November 15

'Let Your Light Shine' Available Digitally; Song Will Benefit Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Victims Through BET 'S.O.S. (Saving Ourselves)' Relief Telethon and the American Red Cross

Chapters 1-12 will be released on DVD on November 1. The DVD will include never before seen footage as well as a documentary on the making of the Trapped saga.

Additionally R. Kelly will have, as a DVD bonus, a running commentary on the entire Trapped series. BET's Access Granted will premiere Chapter 6 the week of October 10; and beginning October 17 MTV2 will kick off R. Kelly week.

R. Kelly is donating all proceeds from "Let Your Light Shine," a new track he wrote for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita to "S.O.S. (Saving OurSelves): The BET Relief Telethon," which benefits Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims through the American Red Cross. The single is available digitally on all service providers and its video is currently in rotation on BET.

Remix City Volume 1 is a collection of all of R. Kelly's classics remixed by R. Kelly that will be in stores on November 15.

The track listing includes:

1. Your Body's Callin'

2. Bump N' Grind

3. Sex Me

4. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)

5. I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)

6. I Wish

7. I Mean (I Don't Mean It)

8. Ignition

9. Step In The Name Of Love

10. Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)

11. Feelin' On Yo Booty featuring YoungBloodz

12. Slow Wind

Source: Jive Records
NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

R.E.M. Unearths A Treasure Trove of Early Hits and Rarities for I.R.S. Records Era-spanning CD, Collectors' Edition 2-CD and DVD

R.E.M. to Be Inducted Into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in September 2006.

The new CD, a 2-CD and DVD will be in stores September 12, 2006.

R.E.M. and EMI Music Catalog Marketing are collaborating for the release of the first complete CD and DVD anthologies of the legendary band's 1980s I.R.S. Records output.

Developed and compiled by R.E.M. to best represent the band's entire I.R.S. tenure, R.E.M.'s And I Feel Fine ... The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 will be released on September 12 in two packages, a 21-track single-disc and digital collection of hits and band favorites, and a 2-CD Collectors' Edition with a second 21-track disc of rarities, including alternate takes, previously unreleased mixes, and live recordings of familiar R.E.M. classics, among them 10 never before released tracks.

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Ray Charles Post Office Building, Near Site of Historic Studios, to Be Named in Honor of Music Legend

Ray Charles Post Office Building, Near Site of Historic Studios, to Be Named in Honor of Music Legend

The legendary Ray Charles, who would have been 75 years-old on Sept. 23, will soon have a post office named in his honor, at 4960 W. Washington Blvd., near the site of his original and historic Los Angeles studios, it was announced by Congresswoman Diane Watson (CA-33).

President Bush officially signed the Ray Charles post office bill into law on Tuesday, July 12, 2005.

An official naming ceremony for the "RAY CHARLES POST OFFICE BUILDING" will take place at 2PM on Wed., Aug. 24, 2005.

"Despite his enormous success, artistically and financially, Ray Charles was a humble man," says Joe Adams, Charles' manager for more than 45 years.

"He was a man of the people, so this is a wonderful tribute; he loved America and it's fitting that the country recognizes him as a national treasure."

"Ray Charles was a giant among artistic giants," said Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (CA-33rd), the author of federal legislation designating the postal facility as the Ray Charles Post Office Building. "It is my hope that the Ray Charles Post Office will be only the first of many posthumous honors for this great American treasure."

Since 1964, Charles headquartered his worldwide business offices and recording studios on Washington Blvd., just a stones throw away from the soon to be re-named postal facility.

Over the years, numerous music luminaries from around the globe have recorded at the Washington Blvd. locale under Ray's supervision and some of his greatest hits, such as "Georgia On My Mind," which was among his many Grammy(R) Awards, were made in these historic studios, which are now planned as the Ray Charles Museum.

The city recently designated the building as a cultural landmark.

Scenes for the recent film, "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx, were also shot there.

An exhibit of Charles memorabilia concludes next month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and will relocate to Nashville for a year-long exhibit saluting Charles' multi-genre career, starting in March, 2006, at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

On Sept. 22, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, will induct a collection of Charles artifacts into its permanent collection.

Charles, who died June 10, 2004, at age 73 years old, was posthumously awarded eight GRAMMY(R) awards for "Genius Loves Company," the hugely popular duets album on Concord Records which has sold nearly four million units.

An accomplished pianist and songwriter, Charles was considered the creator of the soul music genre, a unique R&B forerunner to rock n' roll and other musical offspring. Charles starred on over 250 albums in a variety of musical genres.

Among his memorable hits are "What'd I Say," "I Got A Woman," "Georgia," "Born To Lose," "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You."

A CBS TV concert, "Genius, A Night To Remember," which aired in Oct., was just nominated for an Emmy(R) Award.

Source: Ray Charles Enterprises
LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Reebok and Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari Make Beautiful Music Together with First-of-its Kind Partnership

Reebok and Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari Make Beautiful Music Together with First-of-its Kind Partnership

Grammy Award Winning Musician, Producer, and Composer becomes the Newest Member of the Rbk Family

World renowned Hip-Hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and Reebok make noise today with the announcement of a multi-faceted partnership that includes a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the brand and Universal Motown Universal Records to produce a music video for "We Gonna Win," the first new single on Ben-Ari's debut album.

Marking Reebok's first foray into overseeing the creation of a music video, the partnership will highlight Israeli superstar, Ben-Ari as the newest face of the brand's global "I Am What I Am" advertising campaign, featuring print, online and retail components.

An iconic name in the Hip-Hop community, Ben Ari will launch her highly anticipated new video in September 2005 on major music networks, including Fuse, MTV and BET and online at Directed by Paul Schneider, the unique video will feature Ben-Ari and rap artist Styles P. wearing customized Rbk branded apparel, footwear and accessories.

"Partnering with Reebok is a natural fit for me because they truly value artists who are not afraid to be different and stand out from the crowd," said Ben-Ari. "I am excited to work with Reebok on my new music video and thrilled to be part of their 'I Am What I Am' campaign."

As the latest celebrity endorsee to be featured in Reebok's "I Am What I Am" global advertising campaign, Ben-Ari will join contemporary heroes of today's global youth including Allen Iverson, Jay-Z, Yao Ming, Nelly, Curt Schilling, 50 Cent, Nicole Vaidisova, Donovan McNabb, Christina Ricci, Stevie Williams, and many more.

Created by New York advertising agency mcgarrybowen, the campaign links the entire brand's marketing and advertising efforts under the "I Am What I Am" umbrella, and is supported by the company's largest advertising spend in nearly a decade. "Reebok is excited to partner with Miri because she is such a creative force in the evolution of Hip-Hop," said Dennis Baldwin, Reebok's chief marketing officer. "As a true pioneer in the music world, Miri perfectly embodies our brand's 'I Am What I Am' platform of authenticity and individuality."

Ben-Ari grew up in a small town near Tel-Aviv, Israel, and began her classical music education at a very young age. Coming from humble roots, Ben- Ari's violin lessons became too expensive for her family. Fortunately, legendary violinist Isaac Stern recommended Ben-Ari for a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation that gave the young prodigy her most treasured possession -- her first violin.

After establishing herself as an accomplished and respected jazz musician, Ben-Ari's interest evolved to R&B and Hip-Hop. Her love for the music led her to develop an original style of playing that blends Hip-Hop, urban and classical music.

Ben-Ari has written, performed and produced for Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Patti LaBelle, Mya, Britney Spears, Thalia, Joe, Wyclef Jean, 3LW, Dallas Austin, Rahzal, Allure, The X-ecutioners, Twista, Brandy, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez among others.

Lately, Ben-Ari has been hard at work in the studio creating her debut Hip Hop/R&B album, a groundbreaking fusion of her crisp, soulful strings with hard-edged hip-hop production, slotted as a major release by Universal Records for the fall 2005.

Kanye West has lent production and rhyming work to several tracks on her album, which also features collaborations with an all-star cast of artists, including Akon, John Legend, Twista, Scarface, Fabolous, Lil' Mo, Mya, Baby, Lil' Wayne, Pharoahe Monch and Anthony Hamilton.

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Reggae Icon Burning Spear Release the First-Ever Indie DualDisc Project

Disc Makers and Reggae Icon Burning Spear Release the First-Ever Indie DualDisc Project

Disc Makers, the nation's leading independent media manufacturer, and Grammy-award winning reggae artist Burning Spear have announced the release of Spear's new studio album, Our Music, the first-ever independent release on DualDisc.

This release marks the first project by a non-major label artist to incorporate the revolutionary new technology that combines CD and DVD content onto one double-sided disc. The album will contain new tracks from the reggae legend along with exclusive behind the scenes interviews and live footage from the recording sessions for Our Music.

Since the introduction of DualDisc in early 2004, only the major labels have had the budget to utilize DualDisc technology for their artists' new releases. Disc Makers, a long-time champion for independent artists, recently began offering DualDisc to customers at an affordable price, giving them access to this cutting-edge technology for the first time.

"The DualDisc option continues Disc Makers' tradition of helping independent artists level the playing field with major label artists," explains Tony van Veen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Disc Makers. "Now independent artists can afford this cutting-edge, retail- savvy product that creates an exciting purchase for their fan base -- an option that has been outside of their radar and budget since the technology was introduced last year. Disc Makers is proud to bring the latest album by a true reggae icon to market using this exciting new format."

"I'm very excited about the ability of the DualDisc to combine music and video on one disc, playable on either a CD player or a DVD player," added Winston Rodney, the artist known as Burning Spear. "For an independent artist like myself, my message and image are a total experience that extends beyond just the music. Disc Makers made it easy for my fans to experience the full Burning Spear effect on one DualDisc."

To request an interview with Disc Makers Executive VP Tony van Veen or to receive more information on this story, please contact PR Specialist Ted Miller at (305) 576-1171 x 2 or by e-mail at

For more information about Disc Makers and their complete line of products and services for independent artists, go to To learn more about Burning Spear and the new album Our Music, go to

Source: Disc Makers
PENNSAUKEN, N.J., Sept. 20, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Regis Philbin to Emcee National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Regis Philbin to Emcee National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Emmy-award winning television personality Regis Philbin will host the National Radio Hall of Fame's 2005 induction ceremony in Chicago on Saturday, November 5, Bruce DuMont, president of the Chicago-based National Radio Hall of Fame announced today.

Philbin, host of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show Live with Regis and Kelly and former host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on ABC-Television, will serve as master of ceremonies for the nationally broadcast event that will induct six veteran radio personalities into America's only Radio Hall of fame.

"Regis gave us his final answer and it was 'yes,'" said DuMont, who also is founder and president of The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. "Regis is a world-class talent and we're thrilled that he has agreed to host radio's biggest night of the year."

Philbin began his broadcasting career as an NBC page on the Tonight Show in New York. He was a radio news reporter and talk show host in San Diego and Los Angeles before gaining national exposure in 1967 as sidekick announcer on The Joey Bishop Show.

The National Radio Hall of Fame class of 2005 inductees are: the legendary comedy team of Abbott & Costello; Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman; ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton; retired Pittsburgh Steelers color commentator Myron Cope; and the late Jean Shepherd, radio humorist and author of the classic holiday film, "A Christmas Story."

Inductees were selected through a national balloting process that included participation by radio executives, broadcast historians and members of the National Radio Hall of Fame. Ballots were tabulated and certified by the firm of Altschuler, Melvoin and Glasser LLP/American Express Tax and Business Services. Travel and promotional support is being provided by American Airlines and the Renaissance Chicago Hotel.

Westwood One will produce and distribute the one-hour radio special. Jim Bohannon, a past Radio Hall of Fame inductee, will be the announcer. The broadcast will be heard on WGN and WLS in Chicago, KOGO/San Diego and other major radio stations from coast-to-coast.

About the National Radio Hall of Fame

The National Radio Hall of Fame recognizes and showcases contemporary talent from today's diverse programming formats as well as the pioneers who shaped the medium during its infancy. For more information, visit .

Tickets to the National Radio Hall of Fame November 5 black-tie induction dinner at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel may be purchased online at or by calling 866-860-1640.

Source: The Museum of Broadcast Communications

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CHICAGO, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ --

Release Party for Nashville SongWriters Festival Best of Fest Selections

A "Best of the Fest" Volume I, release party will be held this Thursday, July 27 in Nashville. The CD collection comprises 16 song finalist from the recent Nashville SongWriters Festival on Music Row.

A "Best of the Fest" Volume I, CD release party will be held this Thursday, July 27 from 4-7 PM at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub 1538 Demonbreum St. Nashville, Tennessee 37203. The Volume I collection comprises song finalist by writers who attended the recent Nashville SongWriters Festival on Music Row.

The 16 songs selected to be on Volume I represents many genres. Writers did not pay to submit songs or to be on this compilation. All songs submissions went through a selection process and were field tested on listeners from the average Joe on the street to Industry professionals. Writers whose songs were nominated are paid a mechanical for each record copy produced and digital download.

"It's a great album! These are undiscovered songs by previously unpublished songwriters." says Cornelius "Popcorn" Robertson festival founder. "These writers will now get a chance to display their craft to the music industry and listeners worldwide. The "Best of the Fest" Volume I is giving writers the recognition they deserve. Already several publishers and song pluggers have expressed interest in the songs on this brake out CD project."

"I think is cool." Popcorn continues, "Now we have the music Industry talking to festival attendees, taking a deeper look into their song catalogs.and increasing writers chances of getting cuts. The writers are really excited by all the recognition and possible inclusion in future artist projects. This is a part of what the Nashville SongWriters Festival on Music Row is all about, inspiring and reinvigorating the unsung heroes of music, the songwriter."

"We believe this product can compete in the market place for the average listener and plan on fully exploiting that." Popcorn says, "We are releasing the CD using every marketing tool available to get the music out worldwide.

One method is with online sales and digital distribution by CD Baby, Apple iTunes, Tower Records, Yahoo Music, Best Buy, Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music,, DigiPie, Audiolunchbox, Nareos, PeerImpact, Flip Technologies, Inc., Intent Media Works, iSound, Weed and more. We will also be going after physical distribution outlets in record stores and retail chain outlets.

Two Hundred promotional copies will be distributed to those who attend the CD release event. The Music Industry, Fest Heads, songwriters and the general public are invited to attend the release party.

Volume One Song Selections are.....1. Not Afraid To Burn Scott Stinson 2. Smile Myself To Sleep Robin Anderson 3. Walk'n Away With My Heart Tim Casey 4. Not Worth Miss'n Tracy Williams 5. Nobody Scott Stinson 6. Ain't Got It So Bad Brian Edward Bell 7. Spanish Rain Craig Jackson 8. Woman With Child Ronald Brown 9. Queen Of My Castle Crissy Wix 10. This Time Craig Jackson 11. To Things Ronald Brown 12. Without You Dax Evans 13. What I Already Know Stacia Thompson 14. Under The Influence Pat Riley 15. Really Do Care Dax Evans 16. You Can Only Follow David Greenberg

All "Best of the Fest" collection CD holders also receive 2 General Admissions passes to attend the Nashville SongWriters Festival on Music Row. "We're a no fluff Fest. A gathering of music people big, little and in-between, from all walks of music life in a laid back atmosphere." Popcorn says.

Proceeds from record sales and digital distribution go to pay writers mechanical, production of "Best of the Fest" Volume II scheduled to be released this Fall and to help enhance activities of the Nashville SongWriters Festival now in its 5th year. "Best of the Fest" Volume 3 will be released in the Spring. Then the process starts all over again at the 2007 Nashville SongWriters Festival On Music Row June 13-17.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum inductees for 2007

The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced in October. To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year's nominees had to release their first single no later than 1981. Of the nine original nominees, five have now been chosen for induction into the Rock Hall of Fame.

The Foundation will release the five inductees via press release on January 8, 2007. Also in January, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame launches its exhibit on groundbreaking punk carnival, The Vans Warped Tour. “Warped: 12 years of Music, Mayhem, and More” documents the tour and its impact, from its first year in 1995 to the present with a gala kick-off ceremony on January 26, 2006 at the museum in Cleveland.

Three noted punk bands will play at the beautiful I.M. Pei-designed Hall for the opening; Pennywise, The Used, and Paramore. Kevin Lyman, Warped’s founder, will also be on hand. “Warped: 12 years of Music, Mayhem, and More” will run through September, 2007. After “Warped” opens in late January, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Foundation’s next event will be the March 12th induction ceremony honoring five special artists and/or bands, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

The nine nominees for 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are: Chic, The Dave Clark Five, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Joe Tex, and Van Halen.

Chic was a pioneering New York jazz-funk group led by writers and producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who brought refined musicianship and rhythmic innovation to 1970s disco. They also laid the foundation for hip hop, with their song "Good Times" providing the music for the groundbreaking hit "Rapper's Delight." Rodgers and Edwards went on to write and produce some of the '80s' biggest pop songs for Madonna, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, and others.

For a time, the Dave Clark Five were the British Invasion's most popular band, with more appearances on the Ed Sullivan show than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. From 1965 to 1968, they had 17 Top Forty hits, including the iconic pop song "Glad All Over." They were known for a bigger production sound than their peers and a slick, pure melodic sensibility. Despite disbanding in 1970, the Dave Clark Five have sold more than 50 million records worldwide to date.

New York City's Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five were the greatest innovators of hip-hop's formative era beginning in the late 1970s. Grandmaster Flash himself is considered the first to develop most DJ techniques, from cutting to back-spinning to phasing on the wheels of steel. Teaming with the Furious Five's influential MCs, such as Melle Mel and Cowboy, the group released a series of seminal rap tracks, incorporating soul, r&b, funk, punk, new wave, hard rock, and glam.

R.E.M. was the first underground American band from the 1980s' "indie" scene to break through and find mainstream success. Their 1981 cult hit "Radio Free Europe" was an entirely new kind of pop song -- jangly, distorted, lo fi, but still melodic and even delicate. The unique sound of their first album, 1983's "Murmur" on IRS Records, was the beginning of the multiplatinum band's emergence as leader of the U.S. alternative scene of the '80s and '90s.

The Ronettes' timeless Girl Group anthems have at times been overshadowed by the personal drama and history of the group's connection (and leader Ronnie Bennett's marriage) to Phil Spector. But the Ronettes' music, made in just three years from 1963 to 1966, is nearly perfect on its own, with no backstory. Megahits like "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You" were instant classics, and remain as compelling today as when they were first released, inspiring the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys to become fans.

Patti Smith is considered the Godmother of Punk, and her cerebral, poetic, raggedly emotional music is both utterly unique and very much of a certain time and place in music history. The time and place were lower Manhattan's grimy streets in the early 1970s, where Patti was a contemporary of bands like Television and the Voidoids and artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol.

The Stooges came out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, but they were quickly adopted by Detroit rockers the MC5, who recognized their incendiary garage-rock sound and proto-punk sensibility. With songs like "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Search and Destroy," the Stooges' intensity, especially that of frontman Iggy Pop, has rarely been rivaled. An international sensation, the Stooges made only three studio albums, but they influenced hundreds of bands to come.

A downhome singer with a preacher's style, Joe Tex was the first soul musician to cross over and have a pop hit with his 1965 song "Hold What You've Got." Joe Tex was one of Atlantic Records' most talented artists, and he scored more than two dozen consecutive pop/r&b crossover hits through 1969. Tex's songs were covered by James Brown, Percy Sledge, Johnny Cash, the Animals, Etta James, Elvis Costello and many others.

Van Halen was the 1980s' biggest hard-rock success story, with brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen emerging as drum and guitar virtuosos, featuring the most bombastic, outrageous frontman since Mick Jagger in David Lee Roth. Van Halen played metal-tinged rock and roll with a fun, sexy swagger, and their 1978 self-titled debut album sold 10 million copies, featuring a genre-changing guitar solo on "Eruption." Van Halen continued to chart through the 1990s.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

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Rock Icon Ozzy Osbourne Designs Limited-Edition T-Shirt In Hard Rock's Latest Signature Series

Ozzy Osbourne has conquered it all. This rock 'n' roll rebel pioneered the heavy metal revolution, became a reality TV star (of the Emmy-winning "The Osbournes") and has even been invited to the White House - turning a passion for music into a rock empire.

Now, the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" is taking on Hard Rock International to become the hardest rocker yet in the company's Signature Series. Hard Rock today unveiled its latest Signature Series T-shirt, designed by the "Ironman" himself, Ozzy Osbourne. Proceeds from the new Ozzy Osbourne T-shirt benefit the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, established by Ozzy's wife Sharon following her own battle with colon cancer.

Ozzy Osbourne, the 22nd rocker to become part of Hard Rock's Signature Series T-shirt program, joins music icons and legends, such as Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen, helping to raise millions of dollars for a number of charitable causes worldwide.

The Signature Series T-shirt Edition XXII features a hand-painted stick figure, symbolizing Ozzy's larger-than-life stage persona. The design, created by Ozzy Osbourne, is set on a black T-shirt for men and is also available in an ivory ladies "junior baby-doll" T-shirt. Hard Rock International is offering Ozzy fans the chance to own the limited-edition T-shirt, which is now available online at and will be officially launched in the Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos in the U.S., Europe and Canada this summer.

"Most people know Ozzy as the outrageous, envelope-pushing rocker, but underneath the wild exterior lies a heart of gold," said Sharon Osbourne. "We contribute to several causes and Ozzy is extremely supportive of the mission of this Colon Cancer Program. And we are thrilled to partner with Hard Rock for this life-saving effort."

Inspired by the care that she received, Sharon Osbourne joined forces with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to provide support for those afflicted with colon cancer. Established in 2004, the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program funds sponsored care and financial assistance to those in need, specialized care and treatments for colon cancer patients at Cedars-Sinai and elevated awareness and education for patients, families and communities.

"We could not be more honored to partner with one of rock's most influential artists to help raise money and awareness for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program," said Hamish Dodds, president and chief executive officer, Hard Rock International. "We are truly proud to be able to show our support for a great organization that aims to improve and even save lives."

Since it was established in 1971, Hard Rock has been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities around the world. In 1990, Hard Rock International developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands, who create and donate imaginative designs to be reproduced onto T-shirts to benefit the artist's charity of choice. To date, 22 music superstars have participated in the Signature Series program, including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting, Michael Stipe and Bruce Springsteen, raising millions for a wide variety of organizations, such as Crossroads Centre Antigua, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and World Hunger Year.

This year, Hard Rock is also offering the new Ozzy Osbourne Signature Series T-shirt, as well as the popular Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton Signature Series T-shirts, in men's and women's styles.

To learn more about the diagnostic services and medical treatments available to colon cancer sufferers, go to

For further details regarding the Signature Series program, please visit

About the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program

The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program works to improve the lives of patients and their loved ones by providing at-home help, childcare, transportation, access to support groups and patient care services offered within Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The program also under writes colon cancer education for healthcare providers. The long-term goal of the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program is to establish an ever-widening array of screening and educational opportunities.

About Hard Rock International

With 122 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes, 11 Hotel & Casinos and two stand-alone Casinos in more than 42 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally-recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by The Rank Group Plc (RNK.L). For more information on Hard Rock, visit

Source: Hard Rock International
ORLANDO, Fla., July 27, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Rod Stewart to Release First Rock Album in Over 8 Years, STILL THE SAME ... GREAT ROCK CLASSICS OF OUR TIME to Release Oct 10

Rod Stewart returns to his roots with the release of STILL THE SAME ... GREAT ROCK CLASSICS OF OUR TIME, a landmark recording of great rock songs and Stewart's first rock album in over 8 years, scheduled for release October 10th on J Records. STILL THE SAME ... GREAT ROCK CLASSICS OF OUR TIME comes on the heels of the unprecedented success of the four volumes that comprise his Grammy-award winning "Great American Songbook" series, the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of almost fifteen million copies worldwide. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart has been lauded as having one of the greatest and most distinctive rock voices in history. STILL THE SAME ... GREAT ROCK CLASSICS OF OUR TIME is an incredibly strong and passionate return to form.

Stewart takes ownership of these thoughtfully selected tracks crafted by some of the best songwriters of our time, including Bob Dylan ("If Not For You"), Van Morrison ("Crazy Love"), Bob Seger ("Still the Same") and John Fogerty ("Have You Ever Seen the Rain" which will be the first radio single from the album). Several of Stewart's other selections sound like they were written for his signature, inimitable rasp in the first place, like Bonnie Tyler's "It's a Heartache" and "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," a 1976 hit for Elvin Bishop.

Produced by John Shanks (winner of the 2005 "Producer of the Year" Grammy award, who has worked with such artists as Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge) and Clive Davis, STILL THE SAME ... GREAT ROCK CLASSICS OF OUR TIME features a lean band of top notch session musicians including Kenny Aronoff and Dean Parks. The versatility of its production is displayed in sounds ranging from the soaring Badfinger hit "Day After Day" to the most contemporary song included, the Pretenders's 1994 ballad "I'll Stand By You." (See track listing below.)

Rod Stewart became a household name in 1971 with the release of Every Picture Tells a Story and the smash hit "Maggie May." The album and the single held the Number 1 spot in both the U.S. and the U.K. simultaneously, a chart first.

His discography includes numerous other hits such as "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," "Tonight's the Night," "You're In My Heart," and "The First Cut is the Deepest." Stewart is currently one of the top grossing musical artists in the world, according to both Forbes and Rolling Stone; his "From 'Maggie May' to the Great American Songbook" tour was completely sold out for three years in a row.


Track listing in formation:

Day after Day

Fooled Around and Fell in Love

It's a Heartache

Father and Son

Love Hurts

If Not for You

Still the Same

Crazy Love

Have You Ever Seen the Rain

I'll Stand by You

Everything I Own

Source: J Records
NEW YORK, July 24, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

Rod Stewart's Grammy Winning, Chart Topping Great American Songbook Series Continues, With Thanks for the Memory

Rod Stewart's Grammy Winning, Chart Topping Great American Songbook Series Continues, With Thanks for the Memory...The Great American Songbook: Volume IV, in Stores October 18th

Featuring Star-Studded Vocal Duets - With Sir Elton John on "Makin' Whoopee," With Chaka Khan on Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," and With Diana Ross on "I've Got A Crush on You"

Multi-Platinum Great American Songbook Phenomenon Tops 13 Million Worldwide Sales

4-Disc Box Set The Great American Songbook to Package New Thanks for the Memory (Volume IV) With Stardust (Volume III), As Time Goes By (Volume II), And It Had to Be You (Volume I) - Deluxe Box in Stores November 15th J Records recording artist Rod Stewart's chart-topping, multi-platinum, and now Grammy Award-winning The Great American Songbook series will add a fourth title with the release of Thanks For The Memory... The Great American Songbook: Volume IV, due to arrive in stores on October 18th.

Produced by Steve Tyrell and Clive Davis, Thanks For The Memory... is highlighted by vocal duets featuring Rod with Sir Elton John (on Ray Charles' signature remake of "Makin' Whoopee") with Chaka Khan (on Sam Cooke's "You Send Me"), and with Diana Ross (on the Gershwin's "I've Got A Crush On You," from 1940's Strike Up The Band, echoing the original duet by Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland). The new album is the follow-up to 2004's #1 Stardust...The Great American Songbook: Volume III, also produced by Tyrell and Davis, which won Rod's first Grammy this year for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Performing on the album Thanks For The Memory are a number of guest star appearances of major virtuoso instrumentalists who span several generations: guitarist George Benson on Harold Arlen's "Let's Fall In Love," trumpeter Chris Botti on "I Wish You Love," trumpeter Roy Hargrove on '"My One And Only Love," and Dave Koz on "Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)."

Other solo performances by Rod slated for Thanks For The Memory include a pair of Irving Berlin standards, "Blue Skies" and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," Jerome Kern's "Long Ago & Far Away," Vernon Duke's "Taking A Chance On Love," Rodgers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine," and the title song, Bob Hope's eternal theme, "Thanks For The Memory."

Clive Davis, Arista/J Records founder/BMG U.S. Chairman & CEO and producer of the Volume IV and the Songbook series stated, "Rod gets more and more comfortable in the genre with each album, and that's why he won his Grammy for the third 'Songbook.' On Volume IV, Rod inimitably captures wonderful classic standards, breathes new life into them and makes them his own."

Comments Rod Stewart, "The key to it all is trying to put my own stamp on these songs, because they have been done so many times-just not by someone who sang 'Hot Legs' and 'Maggie May!' Since this album will be the last one for now, I wanted to make it really special."

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, a deluxe 4-disc box set entitled The Great American Songbook will package together Thanks For The Memory... The Great American Songbook: Volume IV along with Stardust...The Great American Songbook: Volume III, 2003's As Time Goes By ... The Great American Songbook, Volume II, and the album that started it all in 2002, It Had To Be You ... The Great American Songbook. The four albums - which are now the biggest-selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history - have cumulative sales of more than 13 million copies worldwide. The box set will arrive in stores on November 15th.

Stardust...The Great American Songbook: Volume III made history for Rod Stewart when it entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at #1 in November 2004, with first week sales of nearly a quarter-million units - his first-ever #1 debut on the chart, and his all-time highest sales week in the SoundScan era.

As Billboard noted, the album also placed Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy Living Legend Rod Stewart in the extremely rare company of veterans with more than two decades between #1 albums. For active recording artists, Rod's 25 years (1979 to 2004) rank him alongside Santana's 28 years (1971 to 1999) and the Isley Brother's 28 years (1975 to 2003). On the inactive side, the Beatles went 22 years between #1 albums (1973 to 1995), and Elvis Presley spanned 29 years (1973 to 2002).

Stardust... built on the success of It Had To Be You ... (which featured duets with Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Dave Koz, and Arturo Sandoval) and As Time Goes By ... (featuring duets with Cher and Queen Latifah), as both albums were still inside the top 100 in late-2004. The earlier albums received consecutive Grammy Award nominations in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, recognition that finally bore fruit with Stardust..., which earned Rod Stewart the first Grammy of his long and storied career.

In support of his J Records releases, Rod's two-year long tour, "From Maggie May to the Great American Songbook," was completely sold-out during its entire run, and was named one of the top five grossing tours of the year by Pollstar magazine. Rod was also ranked #6 highest grossing artist of 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine.

Source: J Records
EW YORK, Sept. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/

Rolling Stones to Release New Studio Album 'A Bigger Bang'

Rolling Stones to Release New Studio Album 'A Bigger Bang' on Virgin Records; Music Industry Today Offers Extended Rolling Stones Coverage

Celebrating Mick Jagger's 62nd birthday, the Rolling Stones announced the release of their first album in eight years.

'A Bigger Bang' will be released in the United States on September 6 via Virgin Records, and a day earlier internationally. A related tour will begin August 21 in Boston.

Indexing thousands of articles from over 4,000 news sources, Music Industry Today provides the most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute information available on the web regarding the music industry.

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In addition, Music Industry Today provides news summaries on major record companies, such as EMI, Epic Records or Universal Records, and specific issues such as MTV Video Music Awards.

Unlike Google News, Music Industry Today focuses on pre-set newsfeeds edited by a team of experienced editors. It is published by the IPD Group which specializes in media monitoring services.

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"Google offers a form of free news," says David Rothstein, CEO of the IPD Group. "On the other end of the spectrum, companies such as Lexis-Nexis charge thousands of dollars a year. We fit well in the niche-market data-mining space used by professionals."

Source: IPD Group, Inc.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Rolling With The Stones By Bill Wyman with Richard Havers

Rolling With The Stones By Bill Wyman with Richard Havers

'There is no denying The Rolling Stones' position as the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time.' - Women's Wear Daily, 1975

'God - if I commit suicide I'm gonna miss the next Stones album.' - Patti Smith, 1976

'The combination of music and sex was something I had never encountered in any other group.' - Andrew Loog Oldham, 1963

The Rolling Stones recently announced to the world and their millions of fans that they are going on tour and releasing a well anticipated new CD. On October 28, 2002, DK Publishing released ROLLING WITH THE STONES by Bill Wyman and Richard Havers (Hardcover, $50.00), the real inside story of life in the world's most famous rock 'n' roll band -- told by the two men who remember it best. Now, Richard Havers, one of the world's leading music historians is available to shed light on this fantastic musical group and touch on their legendary status today.

ROLLING WITH THE STONES is a stunning visual tour of the author's personal archive of memorabilia, collected over 30 years as the band's bass player. Not only has Wyman kept detailed diaries since childhood, but since the Stones' early days in the 1960's he has obsessively collected everything pertaining to the band: manuscripts, press clippings, stage outfits, instruments, posters, play lists, private photographs and more.

Illustrated with more than 3,000 photographs, ROLLING WITH THE STONES is the first complete all-access biography of the band from the inside. From their births, to their early days as a struggling rhythm and blues outfit, to the heyday of their stadium-filling celebrity, this book tells the story of Mick, Keith, Charlie, Brian, Stu, Woody, Mick Taylor, and of course, Bill, as they courted adversity, took risks, and generated more media hysteria than any other band before or since.

ROLLING WITH THE STONES also includes quotations from hundreds of Stones insiders, friends, family and fans whose memories evoke time and place and explain the forces that shaped this most celebrated band. Wyman's honest and humorous narrative, mixed with Richard Havers' objective commentary, details all of the key moments in the band's history, including drug busts, love affairs, courtroom dramas, tax exile, and solo careers.

The ultimate book about the ultimate rock band, ROLLING WITH THE STONES is a must have for any fan looking to come away with more then just a t-shirt.

About the authors:

Richard Havers spent 20 years working in the airline industry, most recently as Vice President Europe for Continental Airlines. In 1989, approaching the age of 40, he decided he needed to pursue his passion for music. He began working in advertising, writing and producing over 2000 ads, jingles, and sound-a-like recordings for radio and television. He has produced in-flight radio shows for airlines and launched one of Turkey's first commercial radio stations. He has also produced concerts for artists such as Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Chicago, and America. Richard and Bill have been friends for a number of years and first collaborated on the TV series and book of Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey, and won the Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award For Literature in 2002. Havers lives in the Scottish borders with his partner Christine

Bill Wyman was born in Southeast London and joined The Rolling Stones in 1962. He has written three books: Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock and Roll Band, Wyman Shoots Chagall, and Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey. In addition to playing with the Stones, he has released solo recordings and formed a new band called Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, with whom he has released four acclaimed albums. He lives with his wife and three daughters in London.

Source: DK Publishing
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Sabbath Crosses - Black Sabbath Tribute

Sabbath Crosses: Black Sabbath Tribute

A Black Sabbath tribute album entirely conceived by heavy metal bands from Argentina? How could that be possible? Are there that many bands in the country? Well, the answer is yes, there are hundreds of rock bands in Argentina, and even more kids all over Latin America loving every minute such legendary bands as Black Sabbath were playing in the 70s and 80s.

Every metalhead in the world knows that the movement mostly walks afar from the spotlight, miles away from trends and market fluctuations. Heavy rock has endured and strengthened over the years, especially in Latin America, where information not necessarily goes as fast as the music market moves, and where loyalty values are a must between rockers.

It comes as no surprise, then, the news of ten reputed South American bands getting together to salute the legacy of Black Sabbath. Some of these bands, like heavy-classic Rata Blanca, have been extensively touring Latin America and Spain in the last decade, and most of times packing places with die-hard fans that see in the Argentinean band the heirs of the British heavy-rock tradition.

Sabbath Crosses is the first Latin American tribute of its kind, and it clearly shows how far the passion for the music the metal Godfathers released under many different lineups along the line in rock history can go. It features many of the biggest heavy rock names in Argentina, offering heartfelt renditions that at times are respectful and innovative of ten classic moments in the ever-changing Sabbath’s run.

“This is a really solid tribute album that totally justifies its existence and, in some cases, truly expands upon the original material,

San Francisco Chronicle Publishing Sean Penn's Series on Iran

San Francisco Chronicle Publishing Sean Penn's Series on Iran

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Francisco Chronicle will publish a series of reports by actor and director Sean Penn written during his visit to Iran on the eve of its presidential election, according to Phil Bronstein, editor of The San Francisco Chronicle.

The five-part series, which will be published in The Chronicle between August 22 and August 26, marks the second occasion Penn has written for The Chronicle from the Middle East. In January 2004, the newspaper published Penn's two-part commentary on his second trip to Iraq, which contained his observations on how life had changed after the American invasion.

This five-part series on Iran is Penn's first-hand account on the country, including his observations on its culture and his interactions with politicians, students and demonstrators.

In announcing the start of the series, editor Bronstein said, "Sean brings a unique perspective and a diary-like sensibility to the situation in Iran. In his very successful career as an actor and director, he has developed a keen eye for detail and for character. These are the things that make a story compelling."

Bronstein added, "Sean's a Bay Area resident, and we're the Bay Area's source for news and information, both as a newspaper and online."

The series, along with additional material, will also run on, the online arm of The Chronicle.

The San Francisco Chronicle is the Bay Area's leading news and information source and has been connecting the region with its award winning journalism since its founding in 1865. Combined with its online partner,, The San Francisco Chronicle reaches 1.5 million Bay Area residents daily and 1.7 million on Sunday. The six time Pulitzer Prize-winning Chronicle is the nation's 10th largest daily newspaper and is the nation's fourth largest newspaper website with 5.3 million monthly unique visitors and over 64 million monthly page views.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs Launches #1 'Unforgivable' Fragrance in France With a 2 Day Celebration in St. Tropez

Sean Diddy Combs will host a private dinner party aboard his yacht in St. Tropez on July 31st to celebrate his "Unforgivable" fragrance's success in North America and the UK and its upcoming international launch.

The dinner, to be held on Diddy's private yacht, will be an ultra-exclusive affair for 50 of the most "Unforgivable" people in the world, personally selected by Diddy.

Following dinner, the 50 and their guests will depart the yacht for an after-affair at VIPs.

To recuperate after a long-night of partying, Diddy will host his infamous White Party, this year being held at Nikki Beach in St. Tropez.

Launched in North America in February of 2006, the fragrance reached number one status in record breaking time. That success was mirrored in the UK where it launched at Selfridges in June 2006 and enjoyed one of the biggest launches in the store's history.

The fragrance and the future of the brand continue to look promising with its upcoming international launch in the Spring 2007. The scent exudes the energy, sexiness and elegance of Sean Combs.

Expected Attendees: Pamela Anderson, David and Victoria Beckham, Penelope Cruz, Lenny Kravitz, Jamie Sigler, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Ivana Trump, Donatella Versace, John Demsey (President Sean John Fragrances), Emma Heming, Brent Bolthouse and more.

"Unforgivable" is available at department and specialty stores across America and Canada, suggested retail price is $55.00 USD for 2.5 OZ and $75.00 USD for 4.2 OZ. In the UK "Unforgivable" is available at Selfridges with a suggested retail price of 35 pounds for 75 ML and 45 pounds for 125 ML.

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Simply Red Release “Stay” April 24th-first single on CD: "So Not Over You: US Tour in August

UK's Simply Red celebrate their ‘21st’, having introduced themselves to the world in 1985 with the hit single ‘Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)’, a Valentine Brothers cover taken from their debut album ‘Picture Book’ which also featured the US number one ‘Holding Back The Years.’ Simply Red is also well known other hits such as: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “Something Got Me Started.”

Currently, the band is touring Europe and is planning to promote the new album on several well-known U.S. TV shows in the near future. The band is now back with their 10th studio album entitled “Stay”, featuring the new single, “So Not Over You.”

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Simply Red’s front man Mick Hucknall discusses "Stay" and forthcoming biography ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’

“If anyone can imagine being given a complete review of what’s happened to them throughout their entire life in one sitting… it’s really challenging and I was deeply affected by it.”

Proof-reading his forthcoming biography ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ was an overwhelming experience for Simply Red’s front man Mick Hucknall and proved the catalyst for the band’s 10th studio album, ‘Stay’. “The story is in some ways painfully real and in other ways pleasurably real,” says Mick. “It was just very revealing and quite shocking - I was an absolute nervous wreck by the end of it - but it focused me on what I should be doing and we got what the mood and the tone for the album should be.”

Started around the same time as ‘Simplified’ – the band’s 2005 re-working of many of their best-loved songs – ‘Stay’ features 10 new songs and a cover of ‘Debris’ - a melancholic gem by the late Ronnie Lane which as a teenager Mick used to play over and over in his bedroom before he went to sleep at night.

The first half of the album is unashamedly romantic: “They’re love songs,” Mick admits with a smile, “and they reflect where and who I am right now.” On the album’s title track and the opener ‘The World And You Tonight’ he is exuberant and content and following on from last year’s testosterone-fuelled ‘Oh! What A Girl’ the second single ‘So Not Over You’ moves from heartache to happiness with a suitably passionate video shot in Cape Town. 

At the other end of the album ‘Money TV’, ‘Death Of The Cool’ and ‘Little Englander’ stand in stark contrast – they’re “more acerbic” agrees Hucknall, but “under the veil of sweetness”.

“I’m very much concerned with trying to write what I perceive as the truth. I’d like to think I’ve got a reality check. Life is not a bed of roses: it’s mostly a bed of roses for me in many ways but I worry for music culture and there’s been a huge amount of exploitation in my profession that makes me unhappy especially when I see a generation coming forward who seem to be suffering even worse exploitation than the previous generation. We’re very much in an era of style over substance. You don’t have to be great at what you do, you have to look good and I’m going against that with intent because I don’t really believe it. I prefer to go my own road rather than follow the tribe because I was a punk and it’s in my nature to question and challenge.”

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Sleepy Brown's Solo Debut Album to Arrive on Purple Ribbon/Virgin on September 26, 2006

One of the most valuable players in urban music steps to center stage as SLEEPY BROWN's first Purple Ribbon/Virgin album, "MR. BROWN" arrives in stores September 26th, 2006. His debut as a solo artist comes after more than a decade of respected production and songwriting work in the R&B and hip-hop fields. Multi-Talented, Much-Respected Grammy Winner's music video 'Margarita' is set for major July premiere.

Although Sleepy Brown is best known to the mass public for his sterling vocal work on the OutKast singles "The Way You Move" and "So Fresh, So Clean," the new album's lead-off single, "Margarita," will inevitably make Sleepy's own name with its potent cocktail of sensual vocals and irresistible rhythms, produced by the hit-making Neptunes, featuring guest spots by the Neptunes' own Pharrell Williams, and longtime OutKast collaborator/Purple Ribbon label head Big Boi.

Brown's deep and diverse list of credits as a member of the pioneering Atlanta-based Organized Noize production team includes production and co- production of the first four OutKast albums, including the Grammy-winning Stankonia, and classic singles by TLC ("Waterfalls"), En Vogue ("Don't Let Go [Love]"), and others. The solo album "MR. BROWN" promises to be as original and innovative as these production successes -- while continuing to champion the genuine musical values of vintage R&B.

The "Margarita" music video featuring Big Boi and Pharrell shot in Majorca, Spain is debuting with major coverage on several VH1 outlets, including special July 17th world premiere events on and on the VH1 Soul cable channel, where it plays every hour on the hour and is added in power rotation.

The video will also be added on the same day to the MTV Jams channel August 10th. The making-of story of the "Margarita" clip is featured on MTV2's Makes a Video program on July 31st.

"Margarita" is currently bulleting on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart, where it debuted last month. SLEEPY BROWN has previously charted on the Rap Singles and R&B chart in collaborations with Ludacris and Murphy Lee, but it was his blissful and melodious vocal work on OutKast's "The Way You Move" that made for his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 in early 2004. Taking over that position from the previous OutKast single, "Hey Ya!" it was only the seventh time in pop chart history that any artist succeeded its own record at No. 1.

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NEW YORK, July 14, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Steve Harvey to Host The 11th Annual Bermuda Music Festival With an Eclectic Talent Roster

The multi-talented Steve Harvey, comedian, actor and radio personality, will host this year's much anticipated Bermuda Music Festival October 4-7, 2006. The "King of Comedy" brings added funk to the 11th annual music festival's already eclectic combination of rhythm & blues, jazz and soul - along with an easy-to-book travel package - to the lineup of legendary stars.

This year's showstoppers include legends such as Gladys Knight, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, while also highlighting chart toppers such as India.Arie, Teena Marie and Anthony Hamilton. The favorite songs of classic soul groups such as The Original Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston & Blue Lovette, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes and The Trammps will beckon guests to groove on Bermuda's pink sand.

Exclusive Bermuda Music Festival package rates start at $1,288* per person for four-day/three-night stays based on double occupancy and include airfare, hotel accommodations, and general admission to festival events. Packages can be reserved from the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Additional packages available for five- day/four-night and seven-day/six-night stays, as well as upgraded event ticketing.

Set on a spectacular stage built over the water at Bermuda's historic Royal Naval Dockyard, the Bermuda Music Festival's current performance schedule is as follows:

* Wednesday, October 4 at Fairmont Southampton, Whaler Inn Performers: Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, The Trammps and a Bermudian artist

* Thursday, October 5 at Royal Naval Dockyard Performers: Steve Harvey as emcee, Gladys Knight, The Original Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston & Blue Lovette and Bermudian artists

* Friday, October 6 at Royal Naval Dockyard Performers: Steve Harvey as emcee, Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band, India.Arie, Anthony Hamilton and Bermudian artists

* Saturday, October 7 at Royal Naval Dockyard Performers: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Teena Marie, Bermuda's own Ras Mykkal and other Bermudian artists

For additional details, tickets and package information, please visit the Bermuda Music Festival website at or call 800- BERMUDA (800-237-6832). Fairmont is the official host hotel of the 2006 Bermuda Music Festival.

Bermuda, less than two hours from East Coast gateway cities, stretches for 23 miles along turquoise waters, surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. Bermuda's diverse activities offer an array of vacation options, including more wreck dives than anywhere else in the world, championship golf, horseback riding, world-renowned deep sea fishing and smooth pink beaches to rest on by day's end. Accommodations range from luxury resorts to intimate guest cottages and family-run inns, all incorporating the sophistication and hospitality unique to the Bermuda experience. For more information about Bermuda, visit

* The above rates are based on a minimum 3 night hotel accommodations at participating properties through GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS and are based on Coach Class from (appropriate gateway and on applicable airline). Rates are per person and based on double occupancy. Rates include applicable nights hotel accommodations at participating properties and 3 nights general admission tickets to the Bermuda Music Festival taking place October 4-7, 2006. Single and triple rates available on request. Travel is valid 10-01-2006 to 10-09-2006. Packages must be booked by 10-03-2006. Actual effective dates and savings may vary by resort. Rates and promotion may change without notice and are subject to availability. Seasonal surcharges, cancellation charges, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply. Offer cannot be combined with other offers and is for new bookings only. EP (European Plan) no meals unless noted. Special features: 3-day general admission. Airfare: Coach class.

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Suena el Sur - rewriting reggae

Suena el Sur

Reggae music has had a tremendous impact all over Latin America, and its influence has spread steadily in countries that quickly understood the genre was way beyond fads and Bob Marley’s imagery. Moreover, Reggae in Latin America is rarely about shaking the hip in a club.

Surprisingly or not, truth is that in the times of Reggaeton –the popular mixture of Salsa, Hip-Hop, and Jamaican Dancehall bred in Puerto Rico- other Spanish-speaking kids are re-writing Reggae instead of jumping the successful wagon of the often innocuous club-oriented hybrid that has people going nuts over it in the U.S.

A long time ago thousands of Latin American kids embraced the spirit of Reggae. Once they were able to reinterpret the music, along came the street cred, basically because the bands used the music as a vehicle to voice their opinions. And by doing so, they created the proper soundtrack to everyday life in the projects for an ever-growing audience.

Many of the bands included in this South American compilation are good examples of political awareness and social commitment. Most of its highly recommendable Spanish lyrics reflect a world where injustice, corruption, poverty, exclusion, and racial tensions are as fashionable as always. That, at least, it’s the world the bands on “Suena el Sur

SXSW Interactive 2007 Kicks Off Five-Day Festival

14th annual event brings digital innovators and the Web's most creative minds together to shape the future of interactive technologies

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival, a leading festival targeting Web technology innovators and digital creatives from across the globe, kicks off five days of compelling panels, keynotes and evening events. Highlights of the Festival include the 10th Annual Web Awards, iF! Trade Show + Exhibition, ScreenBurn programming track and the all-new ScreenBurn Arcade.

"Every year we're amazed at the turnout, creativity, and energy of the attendees. Since 1994, we've had a front-row seat to the Web's evolution from a simple research tool to a fully interactive, often entertaining microcosm of present-day society. It's been an incredible ride," said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive Festival Director.

Festival Highlights Include:

Keynote Speakers (2:00 p.m. every day)

-- Saturday, March 10 -- Kathy Sierra, the voice behind "Creating Passionate Users" website

-- Sunday, March 11 -- Phil Torrone of MAKE Magazine and Limor Fried of Eyebeam Technology & Research Center

-- Monday, March 12 -- Dan Rather, producer and host of HDNet's "Dan Rather Reports"

-- Tuesday, March 13 -- Will Wright, from Maxis, creator of the best-selling Sims game

Panel Discussions

Interactive includes more than 150 panels, covering topics such as: accessibility, advertising, blogging, business issues, content, creativity, design, entrepreneurial concerns, mobile technology, legal issues, online video, open source, podcasting, programming and usability.

2007 Web Awards (Sunday, March 11, 7:30-8:45 p.m., Hilton Hotel)

One of the most popular evening events at the SXSW Interactive Festival is the 10th annual Web Awards, which celebrates the best new Web sites and honors those who are driving tomorrow's online trends.

Ze Frank, best known for his popular and comedic online videoblog, "The Show with Ze Frank" will emcee the 2007 Web Awards Ceremony, which is presented by Adobe.

ScreenBurn Gaming Programming & ScreenBurn Arcade (open Saturday and Sunday)

This year, the SXSW Interactive festival will expand its focus to the video game industry, and more than 20 panels will address the technologies, trends and tribulations of this evolving world. The ScreenBurn Arcade brings the gaming content to life for attendees who can visit the Arcade to experience first-hand the latest gaming platforms, hardware, software and gadgets, as well as participate in gaming tournaments. Highlights include the EVO tournament and a chance at competing against the all female professional gamers, the Frag Dolls.

iF! Interactive/Film Trade Show (opens at noon Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)

With more than 125 booths, the three-day Interactive/Film (iF!) Trade Show + Exhibition showcases tools for development and productivity used by digital creatives and filmmakers alike. The Trade Show is also home to the Adobe Day Stage Cafe (panels, demos, and awards presentations), the South by Bookstore (scheduled appearances and book signings by industry notables), and Studio SX (one-on-one conversations and interviews between conference delegates).

About SXSW Interactive Festival

Scheduled March 9-13 in Austin, Texas, the SXSW Interactive Festival provides practical how-to information as well as unparalleled career inspiration. The event features four days of keynote speeches, more than 150 panels, the SXSW Web Awards, the iF! Trade Show & Exhibition, and dozens of exciting evening events. 2007 speakers include Amanda Congdon (, Dan Rather (journalist), Kevin Rose (digg), Kathy Sierra (Creating Passionate Users), Bruce Sterling (author), Phil Torrone (MAKE Magazine), Gina Trapani (LifeHacker) and hundreds of other innovative industry leaders.

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AUSTIN, Texas, March 9, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

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The Police Announce Worldwide Concert Tour

Following an electrifying rehearsal performance at The Whiskey on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, The Police today confirmed their highly-anticipated concert tour will begin on May 28th in Vancouver, playing arenas, some stadiums & making some special appearances throughout North America.

Some of the North American tour highlights announced include a headline performance at this year's June 16th Bonnaroo Festival, an appearance at Boston's historic Fenway Park on July 28th and two Madison Square Garden performances in New York City on August 1 and 3. Concert dates were also confirmed in Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Toronto and Montreal.

Arthur Fogel, Live Nation Chairman of Global Music, also announced that the tour will continue this fall with dates in the UK and Europe, including appearances in Holland, Germany, Italy and France with additional countries to be announced. Additional dates in Mexico, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are anticipated. "The anticipation and excitement to see The Police is overwhelming and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of bringing the band to their fans worldwide," said Mr. Fogel.

In 1977, The Police stormed the music scene by blending reggae, punk, jazz and rock. Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers created an unmistakably nuanced sound filled with evocative melodies, infectious lyrics and rock & roll swagger. The Police dominated the top of the charts and radio airwaves worldwide with five #1 albums and a succession of top 10 hit singles. In the six years they were together, The Police became one of the world's most famous bands, earning six Grammy Awards and countless fans around the globe.

The North American tour is presented by Best Buy, the leading consumer electronics retailer with nearly 1,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada. "The Police Live in Concert is one of the most anticipated musical events of this decade," said Gary Arnold, senior vice president of entertainment for Best Buy. "We are proud to be able to help bring this event to music fans and to be able to offer our best customers a chance to experience this incredible tour."

In the United States, members of Best Buy's Reward Zone program will have the opportunity to access tickets prior to the general public. To qualify for the presale, participants need to be 18 years old or older and must have a current Reward Zone program membership that was activated by February 1, 2007. Presale tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster on a first come first served basis. Complete details of the Reward Zone program presale can be found at Information about the Canadian concert dates can be found at

Special guest Fiction Plane will join The Police for the North American portion of the tour. Known for their high-energy live shows, this dynamic rock trio will be releasing their 2nd full length album in May. Fiction Plane are: Joe Sumner (Bass); Seton Daunt (Guitar); Pete Wilhoit (Drums). Additional support artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

A portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to WaterAid, an international NGO founded in 1981 and dedicated to reducing poverty by improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education. Working in 17 of the world's poorest countries, WaterAid and its partners have already helped over 10 million people gain access to water and sanitation and is committed to helping to reduce by half the proportion of people living without these basic necessities of life by 2015.

Tickets for the North American leg of The Police tour will be scaled at $225.00, $90.00 and $50.00 in most markets (plus applicable service fees) and will go on sale beginning this Saturday, February 17th in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Tickets in Boston and New York City will go on sale Tuesday, February 20th. Additional on sale dates to be announced. There will be a 4 ticket limit per person for all arena shows and a 6 ticket limit per person for the stadium events.

The Police World Tour is produced by The Next Adventure, A Live Nation Company in association with RZO Entertainment, Inc.



28-May Vancouver, BC GM Place Saturday, Feb. 17

06-June Seattle, WA Key Arena To Be Announced

09-June Denver, CO Pepsi Center To Be Announced

15-June Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena To Be Announced

16-June Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival To Be Announced

18-June Phoenix, AZ US Airways Arena To Be Announced

26-June Dallas, TX American Airlines Center To Be Announced

30-June New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena To Be Announced

02-July St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center To Be Announced

22-July Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Sat., Feb. 17

25-July Montreal, PQ Bell Centre Sat., Feb. 17

28-July Boston, MA Fenway Park Tuesday, Feb. 20

01, 03-Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden Tuesday, Feb. 20

*both shows on sale

Additional North American concert dates in Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa, San Francisco's Bay Area, Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Washington/Baltimore area will be announced in the next few weeks.

Additional cities and venues to be announced soon.

For complete tour & ticket information, fan club memberships and more visit:

About Live Nation

Live Nation is the world's leading live music company, annually connecting more than 60 million fans with their favorite performers at over 30,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London's Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation's websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at

About Best Buy Co., Inc.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) operates a global portfolio of brands with a commitment to growth and innovation. Our employees strive to provide customers around the world with superior experiences by responding to their unique needs and aspirations. We sell consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services through more than 1,150 retail stores across the United States, throughout Canada and in China. Our multi-channel operations include: Best Buy (, and, Future Shop (, Geek Squad ( and, Pacific Sales Kitchen and Bath Centers (, Magnolia Audio Video ( and Jiangsu Five Star Appliance Co. ( Best Buy supports the communities in which its employees work and live through volunteerism and grants that benefit children and education.

About WaterAid:

WaterAid's mission is to overcome poverty by working with people in the world's poorest countries to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. WaterAid provides practical, sustainable solutions, made more effective through local and international collaborations, that combat disease, advance education, and improve livelihoods.

WaterAid is headquartered in London, with independent alliance members in the United States and Australia and offices in 17 African, Asian, and Pacific nations. Since its founding in 1981, WaterAid has earned a worldwide reputation for long-term effectiveness, innovation, and leadership, winning numerous national and international awards, including the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. More information about WaterAid can be found at

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The Police: 16 for 16 Concert Shows Sold Out!

The Police: Additional Sell-Outs Announced!

New Concert Dates Confirmed Including: Los Angeles, Houston, Tampa, New Orleans, St. Louis & Las Vegas, European Tour Also Announced

LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Police tour continued its sales streak this weekend with additional sell-outs in Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Paul and Dallas -- where sales were so strong that a 2nd show date was announced and sold out. Tickets in Hartford, Hershey, Edmonton and Miami are also selling quickly.

In North America, following last weekends' sell out of the Dodgers Stadium performance, a new Los Angeles show has been confirmed June 20th at Staples Center. Additional tour dates have also been confirmed in Houston, Las Vegas, New Orleans, St. Louis and Tampa. Tickets for all six performances will go on sale this weekend.

This morning, The Police also confirmed that the European tour will begin August 29th in Stockholm at the Arena. As with the North American tour, The Police will visit stadiums and arenas throughout the UK and Europe with additional dates announced in Birmingham, London, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna, Munich, Barcelona, Paris, Mannheim, Dusseldorf, Manchester & Cardiff.

Special guest Fiction Plane will join The Police for the North American portion of the tour. Additional artists confirmed for the stadium shows include special guest Foo Fighters at the LA Dodger Stadium performance on June 23rd, and Maroon 5 appearing at Miami's Dolphin Stadium event.

The North American tour is presented by Best Buy, the leading consumer electronics retailer with nearly 1,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada. Complete details of the Reward Zone program presale can be found at Information about the Canadian concert dates can be found at

A portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to WaterAid, an international NGO founded in 1981 and dedicated to reducing poverty by improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education. For information, visit:

The Police World Tour is produced by The Next Adventure, A Live Nation Company in association with RZO Entertainment, Inc.

Tour Announces Sell Outs in All Markets Put on Sale Including: Los Angeles - Dodger Stadium, Oakland - McAfee Stadium & E. Rutherford - Giants Stadium

Tickets for The Police tour continued to skyrocket over the weekend with additional sell-outs in every city put on sale thus far. Following last week's announcement of multiple sell-outs in Boston, New York and Toronto, tickets for each of the additional cities put on sale this weekend are also now sold out.

Earlier this morning, in excess of 54,000 tickets were sold at Giants Stadium in E. Rutherford (a combined 3 sold out NYC area performances), with an additional 52,500 tickets sold for the Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium performance & 47,000 for Oakland's McAfee Stadium event. In all, a total of 415,000 tickets have been sold for The Police with additional on-sales to follow!

Additional sell-outs this weekend included Seattle where a 2nd concert date has now been announced as well as in Denver, Phoenix and second performances in both Vancouver & Montreal. Also, due to overwhelming fan demand a third Toronto performance has also now been announced.

The Police tour has also confirmed show dates in Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Hershey, Edmonton, Dallas, Miami, Hartford and St. Paul. Information regarding the show dates, venues and on-sales in each of these markets to be made tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. Additional cities and venues to be confirmed in the next few weeks.

Special guest Fiction Plane will join The Police for the North American portion of the tour with additional artists anticipated for the stadium events including special guest Foo Fighters at the LA Dodger Stadium performance on June 23rd.

The North American tour is presented by Best Buy, the leading consumer electronics retailer with nearly 1,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada. Complete details of the Reward Zone program presale can be found at Information about the Canadian concert dates can be found at

A portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to WaterAid, an international NGO founded in 1981 and dedicated to reducing poverty by improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education. For information, visit:

The Police World Tour is produced by The Next Adventure, a Live Nation Company (NYSE:LYV) in association with RZO Entertainment, Inc.

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The Police: Sell Out Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, Canadian Shows; Additional Shows Announced Today

New York Madison Square Garden - 2 shows sold out in 14 minutes!

Boston Fenway Park - 2 shows sold out!

Additional Shows Confirmed - E. Rutherford, Los Angeles & Oakland!

Following last week's momentous performance and announcement of their world tour, tickets for The Police have sold out in all markets announced thus far. Beginning this past weekend with sell-outs in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, this morning also saw immediate sell-outs for the two Madison Square Garden performances (both shows sold out in 14 minutes) as well as complete sell-outs for both Fenway Park performances. In all, 8 shows have sold out with second shows also announced in Vancouver and Montreal.

As a result of this morning's sell-outs a third New York area play at Giants Stadium -- Sunday, August 5th in E. Rutherford has also been confirmed. Tickets for that event will go on sale on Monday, February 26th. In addition, tour promoters The Next Adventure confirmed today that The Police will perform June 13th at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland (tickets on sale Sunday, Feb. 25th) as well as June 23rd at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (tickets on sale Monday, February 26th).

Special guest Fiction Plane will join The Police for the North American portion of the tour. Known for their high-energy live shows, this dynamic rock trio will be releasing their second album in May. Fiction Plane are: Joe Sumner (Bass); Seton Daunt (Guitar); Pete Wilhoit (Drums).

The North American tour is presented by Best Buy. In the United States, members of Best Buy's Reward Zone program will have the opportunity to access tickets prior to the general public. To qualify for the presale, participants need to be 18 years old or older and must have a current Reward Zone program membership that was activated by February 1, 2007. Presale tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster on a first come first served basis. Complete details of the Reward Zone program presale can be found at

A portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to WaterAid, an international NGO founded in 1981 and dedicated to reducing poverty by improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education.

The Police World Tour is produced by The Next Adventure, a Live Nation Company in association with RZO Entertainment, Inc.

For complete tour & ticket information, fan club memberships and more visit:

About Live Nation

Live Nation is the world's leading live music company, annually connecting more than 60 million fans with their favorite performers at over 30,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay.

Globally, we own, operate and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London's Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation's websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at

Source: Live Nation
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New York -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announces its inductees for 2007. The inductees are:

- Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim)

- R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)

- The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley)

- Patti Smith

- Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth)

The five inductees will be honored at a ceremony on March 12, 2007 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Presenters and performers at the induction will be announced in February, 2007. “We couldn’t be more proud to honor this unique, diverse group of rockers, rappers, singers and poets. This is what rock and roll is all about,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and C.E.O., Joel Peresman.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 12, 2007 will also honor Ahmet Ertegun, legendary founder of Atlantic Records. Ertegun, who was a crucial figure in the careers of artists ranging from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin, was instrumental in founding and was the Chairman of the Foundation. The Rock Hall Museum in Cleveland’s main exhibit hall is the Ahmet Ertegun Exhibition Hall.

The 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Patti Smith and Van Halen were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released.

In addition to being honored at the ceremony on March 12, 2007, each artist who is inducted is commemorated within the I.M. Pei-designed museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame displays the signature of each inductee inscribed in glass.

In addition, there is an exhibit of artifacts from this year’s inductees, and a multi-media film presentation with highlights from each artist’s career. The exhibit on this year’s inductees will open in March, 2007 and will run for one year.

The Rolling Stones Return to North America With 'A Bigger Bang' Tour

The Rolling Stones will be back on tour this fall for the North American encore of their multi-continent 'A Bigger Bang' tour. It will launch on Sept. 20 at Boston's Gillette Stadium, recreating the magic of their historic Fenway Park kick-off one year earlier. The Rolling Stones hold the record for the most successful U.S. and world tour in 2005 and have already been named the number #1 touring band in the world for the first half of 2006 by Billboard. The U.S. tour dates will be sponsored by RadioShack. Tickets go on sale beginning July 31st.

The Rolling Stones who have already played to over four and a half million fans on 'A Bigger Bang' tour will once again perform for fans in cities including New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. This time around, playing primarily stadiums with a select number of arenas, they will also travel to many new markets to give fans an opportunity to experience the band at their best. The stadium shows will bring back the awe-inspiring production and grand scale excitement with the intimacy of the famed b-stage that brings the band up close to the fans.

"We're very excited about coming back to the U.S. and Canada. Most of the shows are going to be on the big stadium stage with fans in the balconies behind us. We're going to play many cities we didn't get to before and also return to some of our favorite places," said Mick Jagger. "There is plenty of time for rehearsals and to be able to make some set changes -- we'll have a variety of material ready so we can keep it fresh." Jagger adds, "Keith's fine, his heads better, he's playing well and enjoying himself so we're all looking forward to this leg of the tour."

"I thought we left too soon you know, so that's the reason we're coming back. I'm really happy that we got some more gigs in America and Canada," said Keith Richards. "I'm feeling great and can't wait to get there. We're going to have the b-stage to get that very close thing happening with the band and the fans."

The Rolling Stones will bring young, contemporary opening acts to the stage for this leg of the tour. Artists to be announced shortly.

"The return to North America is a celebration of the fact that the most enduring rock n' roll band of all time is feeling and sounding better than ever before and are ready to rock," said Michael Cohl, tour promoter. "The response from fans and reviewers to the recent shows in Europe has been amazing. To give more fans an opportunity to see the band we're lowering the ticket prices on average 10-15% and taking an additional $20 off tickets for students."

"The Rolling Stones are icons of the music world, and we at RadioShack are excited to join with them as they return to the U.S. for their fall tour," said Tori Binau, senior vice president, marketing for RadioShack Corporation. "Many loyal RadioShack customers are also fans of The Rolling Stones, so what better way to thank them than by offering special opportunities tied to the tour in the U.S. And with more than 6,000 stores in virtually every neighborhood in America, everyone gets an opportunity to participate. There's no better way to start off the fall season than a 'bigger bang' with The Stones & RadioShack."

There will be an American Express pre-sale beginning July 26 through July 30 in Boston, New York and Chicago.

Tickets for the public in New York, Chicago, Boston, Halifax and Regina will go on sale beginning Monday, July 31 and will be available at all usual outlets.

There will be a limited number of Gold Circle seats available while the remaining 90% of the house will average $89 for stadiums and $99 for arena shows. In most cities, students will receive an additional $20 off. (Current ID required). Buys will be limited to 12 tickets per person. Additionally, 200 fans will have the opportunity to be onstage with the Rolling Stones as part of the stadium set and share in the excitement. These seats will also be available at the time of the general ticket on-sale. For additional on-sale information check local listings.

Rolling Stones fan club pre-sale, hot seat and VIP packages for New York, Chicago, Boston, Halifax and Regina begins July 26 at 10am ending July 30 at 5pm. For Official Tour, Fan Club Presales, Exclusive Merchandise and more, visit

Every ticket sold for the tour will include a Virtual Ticket membership to 'A Bigger Bang' ticket purchasers are invited to enjoy unprecedented, behind-the-scenes content with the return of Virtual Ticket, the on-line tour companion the band introduced in 2002. Virtual Ticket allows fans to intimately experience the band on the road via streaming video and audio, exclusive photographs and concert set lists.

The U.S. dates for 'A Bigger Bang' tour will be sponsored by RadioShack. The North American leg of the tour will be presented by Concert Productions International and The Next Adventure and produced by WPC Piecemeal Inc.

About RadioShack Corporation
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH) operates more than 6,000 stores nationwide and is one of the nation's most trusted consumer electronics specialty retailers and a growing provider of retail support services.

Rolling Stones North American Itinerary: (More dates to come)

Sept 20 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium

Sept 23 Halifax, NS Halifax Commons

Sept 27 E. Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium


Oct 2 Wichita, KS Cessna Stadium Wichita University

Oct 6 Missoula, MT Grizzly Stadium

Oct 8 Regina, SK Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field

Oct 11 Chicago, IL Soldier Field

Oct 17 Seattle, WA Qwest Field

Oct 20 El Paso, TX Sun Bowl

Oct 22 Austin, TX Zilker Park

Oct 27 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall


Nov 3 Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium

Nov 5 Oakland, CA McAfee Coliseum

Nov 8 Phoenix, AZ Cardinals Stadium

Nov 11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand

Nov 14 Boise, ID Idaho Center

Nov 18 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium

Check local listings for specific on sale dates & times

Source: The Rolling Stones
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The Rolling Stones to Perform During Sprint Super Bowl XL Halftime Show on ABC

The Rolling Stones to Perform During Sprint Super Bowl XL Halftime Show on ABC; Don Mischer to Executive Produce and Direct

The Super Bowl just got even bigger. Taking a quick break from their "A Bigger Bang" World Tour, the legendary ROLLING STONES will perform in the SPRINT SUPER BOWL XL HALFTIME SHOW on ABC at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, February 5, the NFL announced earlier today. Executive Producing and directing the halftime show will be Emmy® Award-winner Don Mischer through his Don Mischer Productions company.

This will be Mischer's third halftime Super Bowl production. The others were last year's successful show with Paul McCartney from Jacksonville. The first was for Super Bowl XXVII halftime show with Radio City Music Hall Productions in 1993 featuring Michael Jackson. Producing with Mischer will be Charlie

Haykel and Juliane Hare. Watched by more than 133 million viewers in the U.S. last year, the Super Bowl is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program. The game will be broadcast to a potential worldwide audience of 1 billion in more than 225 countries and territories. Game time is 6 p.m. ET.

"We are thrilled to perform for millions of fans at one of the most exciting and highly anticipated sporting events of the year," said the Rolling Stones.

"We are excited to welcome one of the greatest rock n' roll bands in history to the Super Bowl," said Steve Bornstein, the NFL's executive vice president of media and president and CEO of NFL Network. "As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Super Bowl this season, it is fitting we work with The Rolling Stones whose music has thrilled audiences around the world for years."

Sprint (NYSE: S), which became an NFL sponsor this season, is the title sponsor of the halftime show for the first time in the company's history. Sprint revolutionized the way NFL fans get their information when it launched NFL Mobile in October giving fans exclusive access to NFL content and original programming. NFL Mobile programming includes an all-NFL-all-the-time television channel -- NFL Network; exclusive video- and audio-on-demand highlights from NFL Films; and up-to-the-minute team/player scores, stats and injuries. Sprint also delivers Emmy® Award-winning content via Sprint TV and offers full-track, over-the-air downloads of thousands of songs via the Sprint Music Store.

"Sprint's sponsorship of the Super Bowl XL Halftime show highlights our commitment to fans of the NFL and the Rolling Stones," said Steve Gaffney, Sprint's Director of Sports Marketing. "We're looking forward to providing fans the opportunity to participate in the halftime show like never before."

Earlier today the Rolling Stones announced their European summer tour kicking off May 27, 2006 in Barcelona, Spain. The Rolling Stones -- A Bigger Bang European Tour will play more than 30 concerts in more than 20 countries bringing their incomparable live stage performance to the most famous stadiums and venues across the globe from the UK to the Czech Republic. Continuing to set the bar for live modern rock concerts with an electrifying stage presence, the demand for Europe's hottest ticket of 2006 is certain to be as feverish as that in North America.

Recently, the Rolling Stones released Rarities: 1971-2003, a collection of remixes, exotic B-sides and hard-to-find live recordings from the band's archives, co-released by Starbucks Hear Music and Virgin Records. In addition, the band has made available a limited edition of their critically acclaimed current album 'A Bigger Bang (Special Edition),' with greatly expanded audio and video content.

Among the Don Mischer Company's vast and celebrated productions are the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, eight Emmy® Award shows, the Kennedy Center Honors and the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The Mischer company is also in discussion with the Beijing Olympic Committee about the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games to be held in China in 2008.

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The Search Is On! MTV and MTV Tr3s Join Forces to Find the Next Menudo Beginning on March 31

Casting Calls For Teen Latin Sensation Scheduled In Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas and New York

MTV Tr3s Follows The Casting Journey With 'Road to Menudo'

The search to recreate Menudo, one of the biggest and most successful Latin pop singing groups, gets underway on March 31 in Los Angeles, followed by casting sessions in Dallas, Miami and New York through the end of April. MTV Tr3s will chronicle the entire journey of thousands from the first audition to the last, culminating with the selection of seven finalists in "Road to Menudo" which debuts on May 12. The road continues on MTV this fall when the band will dwindle down to the five final members of the new Menudo as the channel air the 10-episode reality series (title TBD.)

Reveille is producing the MTV series in association with Road Games and Menudo Entertainment. Reveille, producer of the two-time Golden Globe winner and Latin crossover hit "Ugly Betty," is expert in developing programming with multilingual appeal. The company also produces the Emmy Award-winning "The Office," "Nashville Star" and "The Biggest Loser," to name just a few.

Once selected, Menudo will be part of the Epic Records family. The partnership between Epic and Menudo kicks off with a first single in July and the group's "debut" album in December 2007.

MTV Tr3s will document the nationwide search to find the talented and hungry young artists that will get their shot at making it big in the fast- paced world of the music industry. Four casting sessions will take place beginning in the Los Angeles community of Lynwood on March 31st at Plaza Mexico; in Miami on April 14th at Bayside Marketplace; in Dallas on April 21st at the Valley View Mall; and in New York on April 28th at the Queens Center Mall in Queens.

Celebrity judges along with renowned music manager, Johnny Wright will be on hand to audition teenage boys on their natural singing and dancing abilities, charisma and stage presence. The auditions are open to males who are at least 15 years old and appear to be less than 19 years old. All contestants will be asked to sing a song, in English or Spanish, from a pre-selected song list available on A legal guardian who can sign a release must accompany contestants under 18. Complete eligibility requirements are available at

"The Menudo series will introduce an entire new generation to a cross- cultural music phenomenon that once captured the hearts and minds of music fans all over the world," said Lois Curren, President, Entertainment and Programming, MTV. "The series is poised to deliver content that connects deeply with our audience by giving them unlimited access across all our screens, to the young and talented hopefuls aspiring to join Menudo and win their spot on the world stage."

MTV Tr3s' "Road to Menudo" which begins on May 12, will include four half- hour shows that take viewers to all auditions and give them front-row access to all the anticipation and excitement. After the casting sessions, 12 semi- finalists will be picked and each one will be featured in short form capsules that will introduce the potential band members to multiple MTV audiences across all MTV screens. MTV Tr3s will also air a 1-hour special in July, "Road to Menudo: The Finals," where the members of the new Menudo will be revealed.

MTV Tr3s will also produce a four-part series, "Road to Menudo Presents: De La Calle to the Stage" that showcases musical success stories from the Menudo audition cities such as Miami's Gloria Estefan and PitBull and New York's Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Fat Joe.

Online, and will feature "Road to Menudo" details including casting information, audition highlights and early audience favorites.

MTV Tr3s Radio and VH1 Radio affiliates in the audition cities will feature on-air Menudo trivia contests for prizes, interviews with the judges and live remotes at auditions with contestant interviews.

"MTV Tr3s has set out to create and define a new generation of Latino pop music and culture and what better expression of that than helping to discover the new Menudo, the biggest brand in Latin pop music over the last thirty years," said Lucia Ballas-Traynor, SVP and general manager of MTV Tr3s. "The new Menudo will be reflection of our audience in every way and we are going all out to ensure that every talented teenage boy across the country has a shot at stardom. It's another way MTV Tr3s is providing a voice to young Latinos."

Additional summertime Menudo programming on MTV Tr3s will include a half- hour special on the history of Menudo; "Fans of Menudo," a trivia game between parents and teens; "History of Boy Bands," a 30-minute look at the biggest and most successful boy bands of all time (Menudo, NKOB, BSB, NSYNC, Barrio Boys, Proyecto Uno, etc); and "Life after the Band," a half hour show featuring videos from the solo careers of boy band members (Ricky Martin, Robby Rosa, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Ashley Parker Angel.)

The MTV series will follow the new Menudo's rise to super pop stardom and feature the band recording their first album together, learning about the music industry and interacting with legendary icons who will offer personal and professional advice along the way. As fans see the band struggle to become a cohesive unit, the guys will have to learn how to overcome their differences, challenges and rigorous work schedules during this crucial time in their career.

The original Menudo, which took the US and Latin America by storm during its run in the late 70s and 80s, recorded 35 albums and sold more than 40 million records and set concert attendance records worldwide and produced superstars Ricky Martin and Robby Rosa. The new Menudo will record a contemporary hip urban/Latin rhythmic sound and will be managed by Menudo Entertainment and legendary manager Johnny Wright who has worked with *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Justin Timberlake as a solo artist.

Rod Aissa is executive in charge of production for MTV. Lily Neumeyer is executive in charge of production for MTV Tr3s.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 120 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks.

MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

MTV Tr3s is the most-widely distributed TV network dedicated to superserving today's bicultural Latino youth. MTV Tr3s' programming is rooted in the fusion of American and Latino music, cultures, lifestyles and languages. Music programming is at the core of MTV Tr3s and the channel features hitmakers, emerging artists and new sounds that resonate with young U.S. Latinos. In addition to music programming, MTV Tr3s programming slate also features lifestyle series, news, documentaries and other long-form programs that celebrate US Latino hybrid identity and culture.

Reveille is a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Launched in 2002 by Ben Silverman, the company produces innovative entertainment programming across all television genres such as the Emmy Award-winning "The Office" (NBC), which has also received two Television Critics Association Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award; "Ugly Betty" (ABC), winner of two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award; "The Biggest Loser" (NBC); "Identity" (NBC); "House of Boateng" (Sundance Channel); "30 Days" (FX); "Blow Out" (Bravo); "Bound For Glory" (ESPN); "Nashville Star" (USA); "Date My Mom" (MTV); and "The Restaurant" (NBC).

Reveille is also the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers while developing alternative financing paradigms. In addition, Reveille's growing library of programming is distributed to more than 150 countries worldwide through Reveille International. The company also creates, acquires and develops a broad slate of diverse films through its feature film division, Reveille Motion Pictures. Reveille maintains offices in Los Angeles and New York.

Epic, a division of Sony BMG Entertainment, is a trailblazing multi-media entertainment company and the creative habitat of some of today's most vital and diverse musical artists such as Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, The Fray, Natasha Bedingfield, Matisyahu, Fiona Apple, Incubus and Los Lonely Boys to name a few.

Source: MTV
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The United Negro College Fund to Honor Aretha Franklin at 28th Annual An Evening of Stars

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The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced today that Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul," will receive the UNCF's prestigious Award of Excellence on its annual television special, An Evening of Stars (R). Ms. Franklin will be the first female artist to receive the award. Previous honorees have been Lou Rawls (2004), Quincy Jones (2005) and Stevie Wonder (2006). The three-hour concert tribute will be taped at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on Sept. 8 and 9, 2006, and will air nationwide in late January 2007.

Franklin will receive the honor for her longstanding and generous support of the UNCF's mission to provide deserving students with access to higher education, as well as for her well-known activism and philanthropy on behalf of numerous other causes.

A music industry legend, Franklin has graced the stage of An Evening of Stars(R) numerous times during its 28-year history, delivering powerful performances of songs we all know and love. She has also contributed her fame, talent and money to numerous other causes and organizations including the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the NAACP, sickle cell anemia research and drunk driving awareness and prevention.

"UNCF is delighted to show Aretha Franklin some of the R-E-S-P-E-C-T that she has shown us for so many years," said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. "She has honored us so often with her appearances on An Evening of Stars(R) and her support of our mission of education. Now it is our turn to honor her by giving her our Award of Excellence. As an artist, an entertainer, and a citizen, her career has established a standard of excellence that exemplifies the educational distinction to which our member colleges are dedicated and to which they hold their students."

As one of the most revered artists in the music industry, Franklin has earned 17 Grammy awards, 17 No. 1 R&B singles, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Her long list of hits includes "Chain of Fools," "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)," "Think," "Baby I Love You," "The House That Jack Built," and of course "Respect" her most famous hit song, which became a symbol of both feminine and black pride in the 1960s. Franklin's last studio album, So Damn Happy, was released to critical acclaim in 2005. Her debut release on her very own Aretha Records, "A Woman Falling Out of Love," is currently being readied for a January 2007 release date.

Returning as executive producer and director of An Evening of Stars(R) is four-time Emmy Award winner Louis J. Horvitz whose credits include numerous years directing The Academy Awards, The Prime Time Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The People's Choice Awards. He has also directed The MTV Movie Awards as well as The American Film Institute (AFI) tributes to Robert DeNiro (2003), Meryl Streep (2004), George Lucas (2005) and Sean Connery (2006). Returning as producers of An Evening of Stars (R) are Emmy Award- winner Cort Casady and Bill Urban.

About An Evening of Stars (R)

An Evening of Stars (R), formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Lou Rawls, who passed away in January 2006, helped raise more than $200 million for the UNCF to supplement the cost of higher education for scholarship recipients and member institutions. An Evening of Stars(R) has featured a who's who of recognizable talent, including Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Clark, Reba McIntyre, Richard Pryor, Beyonce Knowles, Jill Scott, Luther Vandross, Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Ed McMahon, Michael Bolton, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley and scores of others.

About UNCF

As the nation's oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, the United Negro College Fund's mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 25 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers nearly 450 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country.

Source: United Negro College Fund
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The Who Launches World Concert Tour in September 12 in Philadelphia

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the dynamic, innovative force behind The Who, announced today that they will kick off their first world tour in over 20 years on September 12th at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. The legendary rock band is already confirmed to play 17 dates at arenas and amphitheatres across the U.S. and Canada with more U.S. shows to follow in November and December. Planned concerts for 2007 include South America, Japan, Australia and Europe to be announced later. Tickets on Sale July 17th.

Anticipation for the tour is already running at an all-time high following the incredible critical and box-office response to the Who's European shows which opened in June. Fans and critics alike have hailed the show as being, "Just like the good ole days," with the same, unbridled power and emotion that exemplifies a Who show.

The Who, famous for their powerful music and energy on stage, will perform songs from their new mini rock opera, Wire & Glass, material from their upcoming studio album along with their greatest hits and rarities, certain to please long time fans. The new album, provisionally called "Who 2," and the band's first since 1982's It's Hard, is scheduled for an October 23 release.

"For the first time in 25 years we are returning to the USA with great live music -- the entire catalogue of our old stuff -- and new music. We have a great new video show, a new Mini-Opera and plans to do some special shows with special themes. Our European shows are warming us up, and we will be in great form when we start the tour in September," said Pete Townshend. "I don't think I've ever looked forward to a tour as much as this one. Roger and I are both fit and well, ready to rock."

"Pete and I are really excited to be returning to the US with some brand new music to play. We'll also be digging out some rarities that we've not played for a long time," said Roger Daltrey. "We're looking forward to reconnecting with our American fans and hopefully seeing some new ones coming along too."

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey reunited for the Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park as well as the 9/11 Benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. They will be joined on stage for this tour by John 'Rabbit' Bundrick on keyboard, Pino Palladino on bass, Zak Starkey on drums and Simon Townshend on guitar and vocals.

"The explosive on-stage energy from The Who makes for a truly electrifying show," said Steve Howard, executive vice president touring, CPI. "The Who is back like never before."

Tickets for select cities will go on sale beginning Monday, July 17th and will be available at all usual outlets with more dates to be announced in the weeks to come. The official tour club presale begins Thursday, July 13 at 1pm and will run through Saturday, July 15 at 9pm. Hot Seat and other special VIP packages are also available from Thursday, July 13 at 1pm. For further information including Tour Club memberships and VIP packages visit

Every ticket sold for the tour will include a free Virtual Ticket membership in The Who Tour club. Updated throughout the tour, tour club members will be given an exclusive insider's look at every aspect of the tour. From rehearsals and preparations to coverage via audio and videos streams, downloads, set lists and news and much more.

Tickets will be priced at $97, $77, and $52 in most U.S. markets with a limited number of golden circle seats also available. There will be an 8 ticket limit per person for the public sale and 4 for the presale.

The Who World Tour is presented by Concert Productions International.

Sept 12 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center On sale: 7/17/06
Sept 13 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre On sale: 7/17/06
Sept 15 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place On sale: 7/17/06
Sept 16 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden On sale: 7/17/06
Sept 18 New York, NY Madison Square Garden On sale: 7/17/06
Sept 21 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center On sale: 7/17/06
Sept 25 Chicago, IL United Center On sale: 7/17/06
Sept 29 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills On sale: 7/21/06
Sept 30 London, ON John Labatt Center On sale: 7/17/06
Oct 3 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre On sale: 7/17/06
Oct 5 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome On sale: 7/17/06
Oct 6 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place On sale: 7/17/06
Oct 8 Vancouver, BC GM Place On sale: 7/17/06
Oct 10 Portland, OR Rose Garden On sale: 8/05/06
Oct 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena On sale: 8/05/06
Nov 5 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl On sale: 8/05/06
Dec 4 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On sale: 7/17/06

Check local listings for ticket information and on sale times.

The Who North American Tour will continue in North American November & December with additional show dates and venues to be announced.

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Tim McGraw to Headline NBC Concert in Support of Hurricane Katrina Victims

Tim McGraw to Headline NBC Concert in Support of Hurricane Katrina Victims

"A Concert for Hurricane Relief" Friday, Sept 2 on NBC, MSNBC & CNBC for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

Louisiana native, 4-year American Red Cross celebrity cabinet board member and the National Spokesperson for State Farm's Neighbors Give Life national blood drive campaign Tim McGraw has agreed to help co-headline an hour-long music special that will air this Friday, Sept 2 on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, 8p.m. ET.

The telethon will be broadcast entirely from the New York studios of NBC and will also feature Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis with an appearance by Leonardo DiCaprio, among others.

"I am heartbroken by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in my home state. Like so many Americans I am watching the news reports with great sadness. But it's at times like these that each of us must work together to provide lifesaving aid to those in terrible need. I sincerely encourage everyone to support the American Red Cross, government efforts and others in the non-profit community with this historically unprecedented undertaking," says McGraw.

All viewers will be asked to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of hurricane relief through its website and donation hotline, or 1-800-HELP NOW.

McGraw hails from Start, Louisiana.

Source: Schmidt Relations
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ --

Tin Rooster's Music Hits Country Radio by Storm

Tin Rooster's Music Hits Country Radio by Storm -National Music Charts Begin to see Tin Rooster's Music Climb Quickly as Stations Begin to Play "The One"

Tin Rooster is California's hottest new West Coast Country band. The group begins a national radio promotion for their new CD "Affair Of The Heart".

From Fanfair in Nashville to the Queen Mary 4th of July show in Long Beach Ca. this band is busy playing anywhere and everywhere. Radio stations are beginning to play songs from "Affair Of The Heart" and fans are loving the fresh sound of this talented band.

Tin Rooster is fast becoming a rising star in the West Coast Music scene. The Band is flying out on 6/8/05 to Nashville to play at FanFair (courtesy of HMG Nashville).

Their video "The One" (starring Playboy's own Aubrie Lemon) is expected to be rotated on Great American Country network.

Tin Rooster is also recording a new single at Platinum Lab in Nashville the week of Fanfair.

Nick Ashton is one of California's top singer/songwriters. Tin Rooster is currently writing and recording its sophomore CD release on Sea Star Records (Sea Star Entertainment Inc) Their songs capture the essence of what it is to live the California Dream. Ashton's lyrics are from his heart, and without pretense. He is a guy you can feel comfortable with when singing for 10,000 people or in your living room on your sofa. They have information all over the internet, just "google" tin rooster to get extra scoop on this awesome new band.

The band plays for many radio promotion events and is slated to open KZLA Radio's 4th of July concert featuring SheDaisy and Neil McCoy. Check their website

(PRWEB) June 8, 2005 --

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Concert Tour Underway; Black Crowes join some shows


Press Reviews and Ticket Sales Continue to Make It One of the Summer's Hottest

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kicked off their 40-plus-city summer tour on June 7 to SRO houses and glowing reviews.

"Tom Petty can do no wrong," "Petty delivered an unforgettable set," and "Petty held the packed house in the palm of his hand as he tore through tunes from his remarkable 30-year career," are from just some of the early notices.

The Boston Herald called the show "...a blazing two-hour front of a giddy, sold-out crowd that showered the band with effusive ovations."

For shows held during the tour's second week - Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston - nearly 100,000 tickets were sold, grossing $2.5 million, an extraordinary figure considering that Petty keeps his ticket prices low - between $25 and $60.

"The Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be one of our biggest amphitheater tours this summer," said Michael Rapino, CEO of the Clear Channel Music Group, promoter of the bulk of the tour dates.

"Their tours have always been enormously successful and this one is shaping up to be one of their biggest. Tom's personal commitment to affordable ticket prices stands out in the industry, and his fans have always been loyal ticket buyers in return."

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' two-hour-plus show is rich with some of the most memorable rock anthems of a generation and culled from Petty's and the Heartbreakers' near-30-year career - "American Girl, "Don't Come Around Here No Move," "Refugee," "Learning to Fly," "You Don't Know How it Feels," and "Runnin' Down a Dream," as well as a preview one or two new songs.

Remaining dates for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' summer tour are as follows:


28 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI**
30 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH**

JULY 1 Marcus Amphitheatre - Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI**
9 UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis, MO**
10 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, KS**
13 Starwood Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN**
15 Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, IL**
16 Rockfest, Cadott, WI**
18 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA**
20 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI**
21 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Indianapolis, IN**
23 Amphitheatre, Scranton, PA**
24 Borgata Resort & Casino Events Center, Atlantic City, NJ
27 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD**
29 Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts, Boston, MA**
30 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY**

AUGUST 4 State Fair, Paso Robles, CA
14 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA (Jackson Browne)
16 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
18 Red Rocks, Denver, CO**
20 Coors Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA**
21 Hyundai Pavilion, Devore, CA**
23 New Reno Downtown Events Center, Reno, NV**
24 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA**
26 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA**
27 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA**
30 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO**
31 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO**

2 The Gorge, George, WA**
3 The Gorge, George, WA**

**Indicates those dates with The Black Crowes as Special Guests

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will headline the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, September 26 as part of their 2006 "Highway Companion" U.S. Tour, it is announced today. The Strokes, who are providing support on several of Petty's tour dates, will open this very special Los Angeles show. Tickets go on sale Sunday, July 23 at 10AM and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations at, and at the Hollywood Bowl box office.

Fans can also expect to see Stevie Nicks as a special "surprise" guest at the Bowl, as well as on other dates, as she continues to travel with the tour and perform with Petty and the band. Nicks will perform several songs with Petty and the Heartbreakers including the Tom Petty-written Number One hit, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."

In addition, Petty, with Heartbreakers, will be a guest on The Tonight Show Thursday, July 20. Petty's new solo album, "Highway Companion," is due out July 25 (American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records).

Leg Two of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Highway Companion" tour kicks off July 29 in Portland, OR. With more dates to be confirmed, the itinerary for Legs Two and Three are as follows:



29 Amphitheatre at Clark County, Portland, OR (w/ Trey Anastasio)
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA (w/ Trey Anastasio)


1 Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA (w/ Trey Anastasio)
4 Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX (w/ Trey Anastasio)
5 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX (w/ Trey Anastasio)
8 DTE Music Center, Detroit, MI (w/ Trey Anastasio)
9 Rock'n The Rally, Sturgis, SD
12 New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT (w/ Allman Brothers Band and Derek Trucks)
13 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (w/ Allman Brothers Band and Derek Trucks)
15 Darien Lake, Buffalo, New York (w/ Allman Brothers. Band)
16 Post-Gazette Pavilion @ Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA (w/ Allman Brothers Band)
18 Tweeter Center @ the Waterfront, Camden, NJ (w/ Allman Brothers Band and Derek Trucks)
19 Amsterjam, Randalls Island, New York, NY



14, 15 Charter One Pavilion, Chicago, IL (w/ The Strokes)
17 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX
21 Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, FL (w/ The Strokes)
22 Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA (w/ The Strokes)
26 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (w/ The Strokes)
27 Coors Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA (support TBA)
29-30 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (w/ Frank Black)


4 Glendale Arena, Phoenix, AZ (w/ John Mayer)

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Tom Petty, already with sixteen Grammy nods to his credit, received his 17th and 18th nominations last week.

His latest album, the critically-acclaimed "Highway Companion" (American Recordings/WBR) has been nominated for Best Rock Album, and the single "Saving Grace," received a nomination for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

Some of Petty's previous Grammy nominations include Full Moon Fever (Album of the Year), Wildflowers (Best Rock Album), "Learning To Fly" (Best Rock Song), "Into the Great Wide Open" (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal), Echo (Best Rock Album), "You Don't Know How it Feels" (Best Male Rock Vocal Performance), "Free Fallin'" (Best Male Rock Vocal Performance), Traveling Wilburys, Volume One (Album of the Year), and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal with Stevie Nicks).

This past summer, Petty and his band the Heartbreakers, headlined the "Highway Companion Tour," one of the most successful treks of their 30-year career. Over the course of the tour, support acts included The Strokes, John Mayer, Pearl Jam, Trey Anastasio, the Allman Brothers Band, Frank Black and The Killers. Stevie Nicks was a special guest, performing several songs with Petty and the Hearbreakers on the bulk of the tour.

Petty, and Academy Award-winning director, Peter Bogdanovich, are currently in the editing process of "30 Years...A Million Stories" (working title), a comprehensive feature/film documentary about Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' thirty year career.

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XM's Special 72-Hour Marathon of Petty's "Buried Treasure" Shows To Include Rarities and Never-Before-Heard Live Heartbreakers Tracks XM, the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 7 million subscribers, will air every episode of Tom Petty's critically-acclaimed XM music show, "Tom Petty's Buried Treasure," as part of a special weekend-long marathon, it was announced.

The "Highway Companion Big Weekend," which borrows its name from Petty's most recent album, Highway Companion, will kick off Friday, December 15 at 12 midnight ET on XM LIVE (XM 200) and will feature rare recordings and and previously unreleased live tracks from the Heartbreaker's archives along with the first 44 episodes of his popular XM show. Petty's free-form playlist for "Buried Treasure" features cuts by artists from Jimi Hendrix to Carl Perkins, the White Stripes to Little Richard, Elmore James to the Beatles, Bob Dylan to Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Tony Bennett's 'The Best is Yet to Come' 20-City Tour Kicks-Off With Exclusive Pre-Sale for AARP Members

AARP, one of the world's largest membership organizations, and music legend Tony Bennett, today announced the kick-off of his AARP-sponsored concert tour "The Best is Yet to Come" which debuts on March 16, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. As a presenting sponsor, AARP is pleased to offer its members the chance to purchase tickets to Tony Bennett's upcoming performances before the general public during an exclusive pre-sale event. Pre-sale dates and information on how to purchase tickets are available at Tony Bennett Tickets from

"This concert partnership demonstrates AARP's broad efforts to use the power of music to forge an emotional connection with its 38 million members," said Shereen Remez, Group Executive Officer for Member Value at AARP. "We're thrilled to be a part of what will likely be one of Tony Bennett's best tours ever and Tony's vibrant spirit reminds all Americans that age is just a number and life is what you make it."

With over 100 albums to his credit and over 50 million records sold worldwide, Tony Bennett is an internationally renowned icon. The tour-the first concert partnership of its kind for AARP-will visit the following 20 cities across the United States: Denver, Phoenix, Cleveland, Hartford/Wallingford, Pittsburgh, Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Vienna/Washington DC, Atlantic City, Ft. Worth, Detroit, Chicago/Highland Park, Seattle, Minneapolis/Prior Lake, St. Louis, New York, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa/Clearwater.

Tony Bennett's son and manager Danny Bennett praised the sponsorship and commended AARP for celebrating the power of music. "Music reminds each and every one of us how important it is to embrace life and live it to its fullest," he said. "This is a generation who is determined to stay forever young at heart and realizes that the best is yet to come." Calling Bennett's music "the soundtrack for change," he said AARP's efforts would particularly resonate with baby boomers.

The tour will feature the 15-time Grammy winner performing from his repertoire of the Great American Songbook, including hits from his new CD, "Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic." Additional information can be found at

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Source: AARP
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(Nashville, TN) -- Most recording artists that have sold over 25 million records, won Grammy Awards, earned the respect and admiration of the likes of Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings would remain in the comfort zone that has brought such success. Not Travis Tritt! This is an artist that has defied the odds from his very first record deal in Nashville. Tritt has always taken the road less traveled, when arriving in Nashville as a non-hat act in 1989 he met rejection. It was only after the labels affiliate in LA told Nashville “if you don’t sign him we will,” that Nashville signed him and he received his break. As fate would have it, Tritt finds himself drawn back to LA to begin recording his new album on Nashville’s hard-charging Indy, Category 5 Records, which will be released in the summer of 2007. Tritt has joined forces with Randy Jackson from American Idol to co-produce what is destined to be an album that will not only give Tritt fans a long awaited new album, but attract new listeners from every genre.

Tritt has always been known as a genre-bending superstar and has covered the likes of the Eagles, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, and more. Sources close to Tritt state that he will not be playing it safe and will push the creative envelope to its limit.

Raymond Termini, CEO of Category 5 Records stated, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Travis Tritt has made a career out of straight talk and smart deals. When I signed Travis I vowed to promote an environment that would support the creative freedom that an artist of his caliber deserves--no constraints. I believe deep in my heart that music fans everywhere will be pleased with the storm that is brewing in Los Angeles. The Category 5 Team is poised and thrilled to debut our flagship artist.”

Bob LaRosa, Travis Tritt’s Business Manager stated, “I have worked with Travis since 1989. It’s easy to throw around clichés about getting to the next level. I look forward to Travis going to the top level and gaining the position he deserves among the worlds top talents.”

Travis and Randy Jackson have begun the recording process and a debut single will be released Spring 2007 on Category 5 Records.

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Tribute to Luther Vandross Throughout July 4th Weekend On 'The Groove' (XM Channel 64)

Tribute to Luther Vandross Throughout July 4th Weekend On 'The Groove' (XM Channel 64)

XM Satellite's old-school R&B channel devotes three days to music legend's career XM Satellite Radio, America's leading satellite radio service, is broadcasting a marathon tribute throughout the July 4th weekend to commemorate the career of Luther Vandross, celebrating the R&B legend's life and music with an exclusive, commercial-free broadcast spanning his 30-year body of work as a songwriter, producer and singer. Mr. Vandross passed away July 1 at the age of 54.

XM's round-the clock musical tribute to Luther Vandross is airing on the old-school R&B channel The Groove. The tribute began July 2 at 10:00 am ET and will continue through July 3 at 12 midnight, followed by a July 4 special featuring an in-depth interview with Vandross recorded at the XM studios in Washington, D.C. in 2003.

XM is playing a deep variety of Vandross' popular hits, album tracks, and rare live performances on The Groove.

"Over the course of three decades, Luther Vandross had a huge impact on popular music around the world," said B.K. Kirkland, XM Programming Director, The Groove. "XM is honored to celebrate the extraordinary career of the premier soul balladeer of our generation."

About XM Satellite Radio
XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 4.4 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 67 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; 64 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. XM Satellite Radio is the satellite radio leader in sports programming, offering thousands of live sporting events every year. XM is the official satellite radio network for Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the Indy Racing League, the PGA TOUR, and the college sports conferences ACC, Pac-10, and Big Ten. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. XM also is available in Avis, National, and Alamo rental cars. XM is the exclusive in-flight entertainment service for AirTran Airways, and will soon be available on JetBlue flights.

Consumers can experience XM over the Internet through XM Radio Online at . Soon, XM and America Online will launch the world's largest combined digital radio network to be promoted to an audience of 100 million consumers online. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit .

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2005


LIVE Album to be Recorded at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday, December 13th

(Nashville, TN) – Former lead singer of country group Trick Pony, HEIDI NEWFIELD, is pleased to announce she, Keith Burns, and Ira Dean will record their last album LIVE as Trick Pony on Wednesday, December 13, 2006. The show will be recorded at The Wildhorse Saloon, located at 120 2nd Ave. North in Nashville, Tennessee. There will be three shows beginning at 5:00pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00PM. Admission is $10 and available at the door.

“Wednesday night will be a very special and sentimental night for several reasons,” says Heidi. “One, the Wildhorse stage is where we got our start 10 years ago--when Ira had bangs and I was WAY too blonde with interesting fashion sense! Secondly, it’s where we got our record deal, and now it’s where we’ll play our last show together. What an amazing ride it’s been! With this final show, we are paying tribute to the fans, the music, and the memories by recording a live album throughout the evening. Come join us!”

Trick Pony is known for there outrageous performances and stage dives from their lead vocalist Heidi Newfield. With their gold selling album, “Trick Pony,” the group earned themselves an ACM for “Top New Vocal Group” and an AMA for “Favorite New Country Act.”

The decision to record a final Trick Pony project follows Heidi Newfield’s announcement earlier this year that she will soon begin recording a solo album in 2007.

Please call the Wildhorse Saloon at (615) 902-8200 for additional details, and stay tuned to for additional information on both the LIVE album and her forthcoming solo project, both on Curb Records.

Tupac Shakur First Rap Star Ever Immortalized in Bronze

Tupac Shakur First Rap Star Ever Immortalized in Bronze

Tupac Statue Unveiling a Rousing Tribute

Nine years to the day after Tupac Shakur's passing, the official Unveiling Ceremony for a brand new memorial bronze statue of the late rap legend proved to be a rousing celebration of life. Over 1,000 people turned out for the unveiling, which was held at the Peace Garden at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) on Tuesday, September 13.

Ms. Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother and founder of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF), found the ceremony to be an emotional, yet joyful, experience. Ms. Shakur was overwhelmed by the turnout for the latest addition to the Tupac Center, which recently opened the first of three phases of construction, and will ultimately represent the legacy left behind as Tupac's vision, fully realized through his mother's efforts.

The statue will occupy the center of the 6-acre Peace Garden, surrounded by poetry and quotations from Tupac. The seven-foot sculpture sits atop a three-foot base and features rap's top-selling superstar adorned in a suit (based on an outfit actually worn by Tupac) and holding a copy of his famous book of poetry penned when he was only 19, "The Rose that Grew from Concrete."

Reverend Minister Server led the attendees in an exhilarating, heartening prayer, followed by a moment of silence in memory of Tupac and "all the other fallen souls."

The statue was designed by noted sculptor Tina Allen, who has earned a reputation immortalizing great figures from African-American history ranging from Nat King Cole to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tupac is the first rap star ever to be memorialized in bronze.

Ms. Allen said, "I was deeply moved to see so many people brought to tears upon first seeing the sculpture -- it was clear that something very special had come into all of our lives through this remarkable young poet. Usually, people will applaud or cheer -- but these people were reacting to Tupac's statue on an entirely different level. Every generation picks their own heroes -- and from the incredible display of emotion I was blessed to witness on Tuesday, this generation's hero is clearly Tupac Shakur."

On September 20, Tupac Shakur's poetry is celebrated by some of hip hop's finest with the release of The Rose, Vol. 2, a collection of songs inspired by the poems Tupac wrote as a teenager. The tracks on The Rose, Vol. 2 are original songs written and performed by an impressive list of guests -- including Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, Ludacris, Talib Kwali, Outlawz, Lyfe Jennings and Digital Underground's Shock G (AKA Humpty Hump), the man most responsible for launching 2Pac's solo career.

In order to complete the Tupac Center, the Foundation is still in need of an additional $3 million. For those wishing to contribute, information can be found at these websites: and

Source: Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation
ATLANTA, Sept. 20, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Usher Headlines Project Restart

Usher Headlines Project Restart

Benefit Concert for Hurricane Katrina and Rita Relief on October 9 at Philips Arena

Grammy Award winning superstar Usher announced that he will headline Project Restart -- a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on October 9 in Atlanta, GA at Philips Arena. Project Restart is Usher's concept and vision for Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts.

Usher will perform several songs at the concert and some of his celebrity friends will make special guest appearances. A list of confirmed talent will be announced shortly.

With the help of corporate sponsors such as Hibernia Bank, Visa and SunTrust Bank and civil leaders like Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Usher is inviting 5000 Katrina and Rita evacuees who were relocated to Georgia to attend the concert for free.

The remaining tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public Friday, September 30th at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster. A limited number of corporate suites and VIP seats will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Project Restart objective, which is to provide a temporary solution to the homelessness crisis that arose due to the tragedy.

Says Usher, "When I thought about what I could do to help, I decided that I wanted to do something direct and personal for the evacuees. Their lives have been affected in a major way, so I want to leverage my talents and resources to help bring a sense of joy to those who are in need of a fresh start. This isn't just another concert to benefit the victims ... this is a movement to uplift the survivors and give them hope."

As part of the Project Restart initiative, Usher's New Look Foundation ( will team up with Freddie Mac with the goal of placing 1000 families in homes in 13 different states.

The proceeds from the benefit concert will be used to help Katrina victims settle into their permanent or semi-permanent homes. One of the first states that will benefit from Project Restart will be Houston, TX, where Usher will make a personal visit and work with Hibernia Bank and Freddie Mac to award the first home to a Katrina victim.

Source: Project Restart
NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland Drug Charges Dismissed

Scott Weiland Drug Charges Dismissed

Velvet Revolver's 'Contraband' Goes Double Platinum

Band Embarks On Headlining U.S. Tour and Ozzfest Dates

VELVET REVOLVER can look forward to continued success, as lead singer Scott Weiland was recently discharged a year early from probation.

The Honorable Collette N. Serio dismissed charges against Weiland last Tuesday, July 12 and commended him on his achievement and personal triumph: "Congratulations on all the work you've done towards your own personal rehabilitation. You have worked extremely hard at this ... I know it doesn't sound as sweet as an audience clapping, but I know it's personally sweet to you knowing this felony matter is over with. You're no longer on probation and this case is dismissed ... Good luck to you. One day at a time ... This is really good news."

The collaboration of rock heavyweights Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots), guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum (former members of Guns N' Roses), and guitarist Dave Kushner (ex-Wasted Youth, Electric Love Hogs), continues to be a recipe for unmitigated success. Their debut album Contraband, which entered the Billboard album chart at #1 when it was released in September 2004, has now sold over 3 million copies worldwide, achieving double platinum status this week.

The band will continue their headlining U.S. "Electric Wonderland Show" summer tour on August 11, and will also be playing eight Ozzfest dates from August 23 - September 4.

The band's current dates are as follows:

Date City/State Venue Thu 8/11/05 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Resort
Fri 8/12/05 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheater
Sat 8/13/05 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
Mon 8/15/05 Greenbay, WI Oneida Bingo Casino
Wed 8/17/05 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fair
Thu 8/18/05 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
Sat 8/20/05 Las Vegas, NV Aladdin Resort & Casino
Sun 8/21/05 Tucson, AZ Valencia Anselmo Amp
Tue 8/23/05 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion (Ozzfest)
Thu 8/25/05 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Amphitheater (Ozzfest)
Sat 8/27/05 Houston, TX CW Mitchell Pavilion (Ozzfest)
Sun 8/28/05 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Ozzfest)
Mon 8/29/05 Bossier City, LA Century Tel Center (Ozzfest)
Wed 8/31/05 Nashville, TN Starwood Amphitheater (Ozzfest)
Fri 9/02/05 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless (Ozzfest)
Sat 9/03/05 Jacksonville, FL Times Union Center-Morgan Theatre
Sun 9/04/05 Wst Plm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheater (Ozzfest)

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Source: RCA Records
NEW YORK, July 19, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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(Nashville, TN) – Country music star Vince Gill to receive the Humanitarian Award and The Oak Ridge Boys to receive the Living Legend Award, respectively, during this year’s International Entertainment Buyers Association’s (ieba) annual conference iebaLIVE! The 35th iebaLIVE! will be held in Nashville, October 2-4, 2005 at the Hilton Suites-Downtown Nashville. Ieba board member Joe Guercio will be the recipient of ieba’s Founders Award.


After his time at RCA, Vince Gill's 1989 debut album for MCA, When I Call Your Name, sold 1 million copies. His breakthrough at radio came with the title track that featured Patty Loveless on guest vocals. It went on to win single of the year honors at the CMA Awards. Gill's subsequent albums in the '90s were huge hits, too, providing a string of No. 1 singles including "I Still Believe in You," "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away," "The Heart Won't Lie" (with Reba McEntire), "One More Last Chance" and "Tryin' to Get Over You." Gill’s most recent project with MCA Records is Next Big Thing. With 18 CMA Awards, 15 Grammy Awards, and 22 million in album sales, Gill stands as one of the most successful artists in the history of country music.

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The Oak Ridge Boys represent a tradition that extends back to 1943, before Hank Williams had a career. The original group, based in Knoxville, TN, began performing country and gospel music in nearby Oak Ridge where the atomic bomb was being developed. They called themselves the Oak Ridge Quartet, and they began regular Grand Ole Opry appearances in the fall of '45. In the mid-'50s, they were featured in Time magazine as one of the top drawing gospel groups in the nation. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a #1 pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards, and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, they bring 15 years of hits and 50 years of tradition to the stage.

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Joe Guercio has enjoyed a prolific career, but he is probably best known and admired for his work with Elvis Presley. He was musical director and conductor for Elvis' concert shows from the summer of 1970 to the summer of 1977 when Elvis made his last concert appearance. Guercio was musical director for the International Hotel in Las Vegas when the work with Elvis began. Along with the obvious contributions he made to Elvis' shows, including many of the triumphs of Elvis' "concert era", it was Joe Guercio who created the now almost iconic six-note theme for Elvis' stage entrances and bows. It was also Guercio who suggested that Elvis' shows open with the theme from 2001 - A Space Odyssey (Also Sprach Zarathustra). The inspiration came when Guercio and his late first wife saw the now-classic science fiction movie in a theater, for when the music began Mrs.Guercio whispered to her husband, "You'd think Elvis was about to enter."

Joe Guercio first left his native Buffalo, NY as an accompanist for Patti Paige. He has lived in Las Vegas since 1967 and has been a musical director for Diana Ross, Jim Nabors, Florence Henderson, Diahann Carroll, Ann Margaret, and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, among others. His arrangement of the medley Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead was a 1972 hit for Barbra Streisand, and his arrangement of The Way We Were/Try to Remember was a 1975 hit for Gladys Knight. Guercio's work with Natalie Cole to reunite her on stage in duet with her late father, Nat King Cole, pre-dated her famous early 1990's duet recordings and videos with Mr. Cole. Guercio accompanied blues legend B.B. King to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II and perform in the Vatican's fifth Christmas concert.

Joe has been instrumental in helping ieba move forward lending his talents to the iebaLIVE! Showcases and has been a long time Board Member.


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Effective September 1—Member-$325 / Non-Members-$425

Registration includes:
APA Opening Reception * Monterey Peninsula Artists Breakfast * Clear Channel / CMT Breakfast * CAA Luncheon * ACM Coffee Breaks * Awards Banquet * NATD Breakfast * WMA Luncheon * Panel Sessions * Membership Meeting * BLA Birthday Bash

The initiative of the 35th annual event is to bring ieba members together in an interactive and educational forum.

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VIP Tickets to Jennifer Lopez's Red Carpet Opening & Samples From Her First Sweetface Fashion Show Up for Auction

VIP Tickets to Jennifer Lopez's Red Carpet Opening & Samples From Her First Sweetface Fashion Show Up for Auction at

Proceeds Benefit Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

jloFor anyone who has ever wanted to get up close and personal with a major celebrity, JLO by Jennifer Lopez is auctioning off two VIP tickets to the opening of Lopez's first U.S. Marshall Field's boutique, along with samples from her first Sweetface fashion show.

The 7-day auction benefiting the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles starts tomorrow at noon Mountain Time at Auctions(TM) (NASDAQ:OSTK) (, the exclusive, official auction site of Jennifer Lopez.

Lopez is launching her first JLO boutique in the United States at Marshall Field's Chicago store on September 22, 2005. The VIP tickets up for auction cover entry into the soiree and premiere seating at the store's fashion show, giving two lucky fans an intimate view of Lopez and the potential chance of meeting her in person. Lopez's fashion company will also provide $1,000 (USD) toward travel accommodations.

Fans and fashionistas around the world can also bid on a variety of samples from Lopez's fall '05 Sweetface collection that closed New York's Olympus Fashion Week in February. The samples include very sexy, very hot designs, such as an olive green fur-trimmed poncho, brown knit short-shorts, an off-the-shoulder pom pom sweater and four-inch, studded suede heels.

Winning bidders will be invited to join Lopez's personal auction network on and will also receive a personal email from her congratulating them on their purchase.

"Jennifer Lopez is one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet," said Holly MacDonald-Korth, senior vice president at "She has millions of fans, and we expect a lot of them will jump at the chance to go to her VIP party or to own one of her first designs. It will be the ultimate experience for fans and fashion lovers."

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Yanni Cleared! No Charges to Be Filed

Yanni Cleared! No Charges to Be Filed

"The allegations claimed were always false and completely without any merit," said Yanni. The woman was simply seeking money. No money has been paid or will be paid. "Unfortunately, celebrities are often seen as easy targets and are very sadly vulnerable to these kinds of baseless allegations and false demands for money. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone who have supported me through this very difficult and painful time."

Yanni said in a statement issued today that he was satisfied with the thorough manner in which both the State Attorney's Office and the Manalapan Police Department conducted their investigation. No charges will be filed.

Cleared of any wrongdoing, Yanni said, "The allegations claimed were always false and completely without any merit."

Yanni's statement also said that several days after the incident the woman's attorney delivered a letter to Yanni's home seeking a monetary settlement. Absolutely no one has paid or will pay any money based upon these false allegations.

At this time no civil suit has been filed, but should there be a civil action, Yanni will vigorously defend his innocence. The allegations were fabricated, untruthful, and ludicrous.

"Unfortunately, celebrities are often seen as easy targets and are very vulnerable to these kinds of baseless allegations and false demands for money. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone who have supported me through this very difficult and painful time. I love the Florida community in which I live and will continue to have faith in our justice system."

"Essentially, it came down to a 'he said, she said,'" Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state's attorney in Palm Beach County, said Friday. "The alleged event took place behind closed doors without any independent witnesses or evidence to support the charge."

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ZZ Top to Receive Living Legend Award

Nashville, TN - The Board of Directors of the International Entertainment Buyer's Association (ieba) has officially announced the dates of their 36th Annual Conference. iebaLIVE! 2006 is scheduled for October 15-17, 2006 at the Hilton Suites, Nashville, Tennessee. The initiative of the annual event is to bring ieba members together in an interactive and educational forum.

More than three hundred fifty registrants consisting of talent buyers, booking agents, managers and artists attended last year’s iebaLIVE! with just over fifty sponsors donating their time, money and talent to boost its success. “The 2006 conference promises to supersede all of the previous years combined! The 2006 Agenda is strong and early registration is up,” says Patti Burgart, ieba Executive Director. “We anticipate finalizing the details of the agenda in the coming weeks.”

Making the first talent announcement official, the Board has revealed ZZ TOP as the recipient of the Living Legend Award to be presented during the 2006 Founders Award Dinner during iebaLIVE! This awards dinner is notable in that the Harry Hap Peebles Founders Award is presented.

This award is presented to an ieba member of long standing who has contributed to the concept, growth, development and longevity of ieba and who has exemplified themselves in the way they have conducted their own business career.

Previous recipients of the Founders Award include: Joe Guercio (2005), Bobby Baker (2004), Paul Moore (2003), Reggie Churchwell and Jerry Garren (2002), Joan Saltel (2001) and Leroy Van Dyke (2000).

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Interview with Country Western Artist Courtney Meloche

By Christian Lamitschka

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who’s never seen or heard you before?

C.M.: I would describe my music as real songs about real life. I’d say that on a lot of levels I’m more folk-country than straight country. My favourite instrument is the mandolin and I like to try to use it as often and as creatively as possible! As far as myself, I like to think of myself as something of a modern day hippie with a country-rock edge.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

C.M.: I write or co-write all of my own songs. I love to write about what is happening in my life and in the world around me. I hate to use the word “political”, but if there is something happening that I feel like I can use a song to make a stand against, I will. At the same time, however, I try to write songs that most people can relate to and feel good about, as opposed to trying to make a statement at all times.

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

C.M.: My favourite kinds of songs to record are definitely acoustic based. I love really complex arrangements accompanied by simple yet catchy melodies. And I love songs with deep and meaningful lyrics.

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

C.M.: I’m currently in the process of recording my first album, and my favourite song that I’ve ever recorded is from that project and it’s called The Drifter. I wrote it when I was in my first year of high school about how many people spend their entire lifetimes searching for who they really are deep down inside, but no matter where they look, sometimes they never really truly find themselves. I’ve been performing the song for years now, and I’m hoping it will be the first single from the album.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

C.M.: I’m very fortunate in the fact that I have pretty well complete creative control over my music. I write or co-write all my own songs, I co-produce my own projects, and I essentially am running my own business in all aspects. What you see and hear is Courtney, 100%.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up to musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

C.M.: I have been singing my entire life. Music has absolutely been in my blood since birth and there’s nothing else that I feel I can do well enough to maintain a career. My musical influences have grown and changed as I’ve gotten older, but my main musical hero has always been Susan Cowsill. She is incredible!

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

C.M.: In my opinion, there is nothing like performing live! You have to be right on the mark because there’s nowhere to hide—it’s just you and your audience, and you have to stand and deliver. I love being able to feed off of the audience and watch them singing and dancing along. There’s no better feeling than knowing that you’ve made someone’s day with your music, and when you’re performing live, you can see that with your own eyes.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist?

C.M.: I feel like I have always been an artist, music has just become my outlet. As I’ve gotten older and learned what the world is like and tried to figure out who I am, I’ve realized that I need to do this for my sake, and hopefully for the benefit of my fans.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become a songwriter?

C.M.: Seeing what is happening around me and knowing that I have the capability to speak out, make a difference, and change the world.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

C.M.: The idea that maybe someday I will be able to make a difference and use my music and my name to do good.

By Christian Lamitschka ( ). Bad Vilbel, Germany, June 23rd, 2010.

"Astral Weeks Live" is Van Morrison's new CD/DVD

Van Morrison's new DVD/CD Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be released on May 19th exclusively by
Since Van Morrison's two critically-acclaimed sold out concert nights, his groundbreaking, signature new CD album, Astral Weeks is being released as a video DVD of the London's Royal Albert Hall performance.

Amazon's exclusive new DVD release, Astral Weeks: Live at The Hollywood Bowl, will be available online on May 19.

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"Jimi Hendrix: Can You See Me? -- A Life Through The Lens" Exhibit

"Jimi Hendrix: Can You See Me? -- A Life Through The Lens" Exhibit

San Francisco Art Exchange Launches the Most Extensive Photographic Tribute to the Incomparable Musician Ever Assembled.

September 18, 2005 marked the 35th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential and visionary forces in contemporary music, Jimi Hendrix.

In the four short years that this pioneering artist changed the face of rock and roll -- conjuring sounds out of a guitar that no one had previously imagined, much less played -- Hendrix became a legend in the truest sense of the word.

This is an unprecedented assembly of the actual photographers who shot the best and most famous photographs of Jim Hendrix ever. Since they live in various parts of the world they are not likely to be brought together again.

With over 100 photos of Jimi Hendrix in this show (by 20 photographers) this is by far the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted anywhere.

Mitch Mitchell is one of the most influential drummers of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is most noted for his work with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and praised for his legendary works on such songs as Manic Depression, and Third Stone from the Sun. Mitch Mitchell is coming in from the UK.

He was especially touched by the idea of commemorating the 35th anniversary of Jimi's passing and decided to work with this exhibit.

Photographers who will be at the reception Saturday Sept. 24th:

Eddie Kramer, Jimi's producer, engineer, and friend (worked with Led Zeppelin, CSN, and many others); he is flying in from Los Angeles.

David Redfern, official photographer at Albert Hall in London & Isle of Wight (also, internat'l jazz photographer, chronicled Beatles Magical Mystery Tour); he is flying in from London.

Gered Mankowitz, hired by Jimi to shoot publicity and private photos in London (also worked with Stones and many other artists for many years); he is flying in from London.

Dominique Tarle, photographer at Jimi's first performance in Paris (also shot The Rolling Stones during Exile on Main Street); he is flying in from Paris.

Karl Ferris, official photographer in North America (also worked with Donovan & Cream); he is flying in from Canada.

Robert Knight, chronicled Jimi's performances at Fillmore west; he is flying in from Los Angeles.

Baron Wolman, founding photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine, Jimi at Woodstock & Monterey (photographed many legendary artists); he is flying in from New Mexico.

Jim Marshall, early photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine, Jimi at Monterey (many photographed many music and film legends over many years); he lives in the SF Bay Area.

Ethan Russell, photographed Jimi at Madison Square Gardens back stage with Stones (shot Beatles, Stones, Who, many others); he lives in the SF Bay Area.

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"Nightmare Man" DVD

By Steve Anderson

Now, this one's sort of a surprise. The last time I saw a Rolfe Kanefsky flick (as most of his usually say in the title credit roll), it was "The Hazing", and it also handily featured Tiffany Shepis. But that, "The Hazing", was just a straight direct to video romp. Rather unremarkable, halfway decent, especially compared to its peers.

Now, all of a sudden, out of nowhere comes Kanefsky once again with a piece that's supposed to be so good it can rank on the After Dark Horrorfest? Oh, sure, he's got always-kickass Tiffany Shepis involved, who is still, if I may say so, a TOTAL badass. He's even managed to bring in crowd-favorite Richard Moll, whom most remember from his "Night Court" stint back in the eighties.

The plot is nothing to write home about, which doesn't exactly bode well. Ellen Morris believes she's being attacked by an otherworldly figure she can only refer to as "Nightmare Man". Naturally, her husband thinks she's a total loon and thus drives her to the insane asylum to be committed. On the way to the nut hatch, the car runs out of gas and Bill leaves the crazy lady by herself in the car.

Which is a logical inconsistency the likes of which I've never seen before, and my suspension-of-disbelief engines are glowing white-hot and making a really unpleasant whining sound. What will completely blow them is when Ellen, now alone in the car, sees her "Nightmare Man" vision once again and runs at least a tentative form in a cabin full of friends who now become prey for Ellen's vision monster.

Which may or may not be real.

Son of a bitch, Kanefsky! This is your entry into the After Dark Horrorfest? A cheesy monster movie? You're making the whole thing look bad! This is not some shitty little direct-to-video romp here! This is the AFTER DARK HORRORFEST! This is supposed to be the BEST the industry can muster! The stuff that's too good and too graphic and too downright POWERFUL to be shown in theatres! And you're mocking the entire concept by bringing a sad little retread to the party?

Kanefsky's sheer lack of respect for the work horrifies me, or would, except for one minor detail. Though he has made little more than a cheesy monster movie, he actually made a pretty damn good monster movie, pulling out all the stops in terms of building suspense and burning it off with plenty of creepy little surprises. Even better, he'll manage to throw in some laughs, which is no small surprise given the genre.

Ten for ten on style, Kanefsky! Minus several million for piss-poor judgment, but still. You definitely put together an insane little romp that should manage to scare some people. You even managed to get my adrenaline humming, and that's a feat!

The ending is actually a couple pretty big twists out of left field, and thus is something of a credit to Kanefsky's somewhat low-end concept. Even the shaky parts manage to look better in light of the ending and that's a definite credit to Kanefsky.

The special features include commentary tracks, extended scenes, a behind the scenes featurette, a making-of featurette, a gag reel, audio and video options, Miss Horrorfest contest webisodes, and English and Spanish subtitles.

All in all, despite the fact that this is one of the oldest and most horrendously misused themes in all of horror filmmaking, Kanefsky has managed to put together a very high-quality example of the art. It may have been done before, but very rarely so well.

Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky

Written by Rolfe Kanefsky

Starring Tiffany Shepis, Blythe Metz, Luciano Szafir, Richard Moll

Produced by Rolfe Kanefsky, Victor Kanefsky, Frederico LaPenda, Esther Goodstein


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'2007 MTV Movie Awards' Announces Most Important Nominees ... You!!

Five Finalists For First-Ever UGC Category 'Best Movie Spoof' Have Been Selected

Voting For The Five Finalists Begins Today at

Winner Announced Live at '2007 MTV Movie Awards' on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 8PM/7c From the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA

> It is all about the fans at the "2007 MTV Movie Awards," as MTV in conjunction with Yahoo! Movies and Mark Burnett Productions, is one step closer in the quest for the next creative new filmmaker and showcasing new talent. After nearly 400 film spoofs were submitted, the five finalists for the first-ever user generated category, "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" have been chosen.

The final five, receiving nearly 500,000 viewers combined, offers unbridled and hilarious talent with high-end quality productions. Viewers will see their peer's creations which spoof a variety of films from a combo of Casino Royale and Pulp Fiction, to the gory yet funny take on Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets a Broadway musical, to the manic combination of Grindhouse intertwined with Little Miss Sunshine. The undiscovered talent will be revealed to the world during the LIVE broadcast of the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 3rd at 8pm/7c. Voting for the five finalists begins today on

"The fans are the most important part of the MTV Movie Awards," said Christina Norman, President, MTV. "It's their show and not only are we giving them a voice to celebrate their favorite movies, stars and moments, but we are truly making them the stars of the show with the 'Best Movie Spoof' category." "There are no sidelines at this year's Movie Awards, everyone is in the game!"

The lucky finalists who will have the chance to realize their dreams of standing on stage at the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" to accept the legendary golden bucket of popcorn in front of Hollywood's movers and shakers are ...

-- QUENTIN TARANTINO'S LITTLE MISS SQUIRTGUN - Skylar Stone-Clipner, St. Louis, Missouri - Lil' Miss Sunshine wins tickets to the MTV Movie Awards and goes on a trip to meet Angelina Jolie.

-- TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE REHAB - Noah Harald, Mill Meadow, California - You drink - you die! No, no, no - you won't want to go to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Rehab.

-- CASINO ROYALE WITH CHEESE - Bill Caco, Cleveland, Ohio - James Bond gets teamed up with an unlikely partner on his very first mission.

-- TEXAS CHAINSAW MUSICAL - Zan Passante, Dumont, New Jersey - Pleatherface discovers a twinkle in his eye for musicals and learns life is more than a massacre.

-- UNITED 300 - Andy Signore, Ambler, Pennsylvania - Flight 300 has some unexpected visitors ... Shot in 5 hours, for just over $1000 bucks.

"This has been a fantastic opportunity for burgeoning filmmakers to not only create original work but also have a national platform to get it noticed," said Karin Gilford, Yahoo!'s general manager of Entertainment. "We are incredibly pleased with the results, as we have had hundreds of submissions of truly inspired spoofs. The hard part will be picking the winner out of so many great candidates!"

The excitement of the fans continues to grow and the proof can be seen on, where the Movie Awards was up 35% increase from week prior. To-date the movie awards area of the site has received nearly 700K visits and nearly 3.7 million pageviews.

Through "MTV Movie Awards on Yahoo!," aspiring filmmakers were given the opportunity to showcase their twisted genius and story-telling talent by submitting their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past year. Starting April 23rd, viewers had the opportunity to submit their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past year where visitors were able to rate and discuss the submissions. Fans can vote for "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" by visiting beginning today, May 29th through Saturday, June 2nd.

In addition to the movie spoof award, the interactive site encourages viewers to create their own culture of sorts -- whether it's commenting on the user-generated submissions or posting videos. Select content from the site will also take center stage at the awards on a "Video Wall" that will be integrated into the live broadcast, putting the power back in the hands of the fans.

Mark Burnett serves as Executive Producer for the "2007 MTV Movie Awards." Salli Frattini is Executive Producer for MTV. Audrey Morrisey and Ted Smith are Producers, Joe DeMaio is the Director and Kathy Flynn serves as Event Producer.

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'Crows' Counting On Two More CD Albums

With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, eight Top 5 singles, and three records that have broken the Top 5 on the Billboard 200, Counting Crows are set to release an expanded deluxe version of their seminal album, AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER (UMe/Geffen), which defined them as one of the most popular and inspiring rock bands of the last 15 years.

AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER, the Crows first album released in 1994, set the standard for the rock style of the mid-nineties and showcased the band as a chart-topping powerhouse.

Once MTV aired the video to their top 5 track "Mr. Jones," the album jumped 40 spots on the Billboard Top 200 in one week. Most recently, their single "Accidentally In Love" from the Shrek 2 soundtrack earned them an Oscar (TM), Grammy, and Golden Globe nomination, and reached the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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'GET ON THE DANCEFLOOR’ the latest CUSHH single available July 2007

Following the success of their first single Do It 2 Me which featured in National Charts at number 26 on the download chart and 31 on the official singles chart, Cushh returns with another gem from their forthcoming album titled “I Can’t Stop”.  

Described by Radio 1’s JK and Joel on the Radio 1 Chart Show as the UK’s  answer to ‘The Black Eyes Peas’ Cushh - comprised of South Londoners Miss Nic’ola and E? - have successfully produced a unique blend of Funk, Pop and R&B.  

Get on the Dance floor showcases the vocal talents of Miss Nic’ola and the song writing skills of E2, and demonstrates why their music catches so much attention and their heart felt lyrics striking a chord with audiences everywhere. Cushh have been hard at work bringing their energy, and chemistry to audiences around the UK and recently to Las Vagas, U.S.A.

So much so that Cushh caught the attention of hit music video director Daniel Zirilli….. Zirilli had Cushh fly out to LA so that he could direct their latest video – Zirilli has shot videos for The Rolling Stones, Three Six Mafia, Scarface, Master P and 2Pac…and describes Cushh as ‘a wonderful draft of fresh air’ after working with them, ’their enthusiasm and dynamism will take them far’. The video for Get on the dance floor, features cameo appearances from Daniel Costner, nephew of Legendary Hollywood actor Kevin Costner and Alex Quinn son of two-time Academy Award® winning actor Anthony Quinn.

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'Soldier Boy' Turns 50: The Shirelles Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Music

-Mama said there'd be days like this, but for the super group The Shirelles, they could never have imagined it would last for 50 years.

During 2008, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group is celebrating a half century of recording and sold-out performances. The Shirelles 50th Anniversary Tour - "50 Years & Still Fabulous" - is now performing across the U.S., including stops in Atlantic City, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles.

The group is known for its hits "Soldier Boy," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Dedicated To The One I Love," "Mama Said," and "Baby, It's You." Their songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists, including The Beatles, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds, The Mamas & the Papas, Smokey Robinson and more.

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10th Anniversary of John Denver's Death Marked by the Release of Unique Concert Recordings

The Family of John Denver are marking the 10th anniversary of his untimely death with the release of 2 hours of rare concert recordings which have never been released to the public.

The two CD set, produced by seven time Grammy (R) Winner and John's friend Roger Nichols, is scheduled for release on Tuesday, 10/25/07 - by AAO Music - The home of REALITY - in conjunction with John's brother Ron Deutschendorf.

John Denver's 1985 tour of the Soviet Union was historic for many reasons and also paved the way for other American artists to perform in the Soviet Union. The eleven concerts were performed at various venues throughout the country and each performance was recorded on a custom digital recorder. The tapes, re-discovered in 2002, have been restored, remixed and mastered for this CD set by seven time Grammy(R) winner Roger Nichols. "It is always an exciting experience to take part in the production of what will be a classic album," said Peter G. Kuys, Chairmen of AAO Music. "This record showcases John's tremendous talent; and it is an honor for AAO Music to take part in this album."

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11th Annual Southern Music Issue

The Oxford American magazine’s 11th annual Southern Music edition — weighing in at 192 pages and accompanied by two CDs with 52 songs — hits bookstores and newsstands nationwide on Dec. 1, 2009.

“This is another blockbuster Oxford American Southern Music issue,” said Warwick Sabin, publisher of The Oxford American. “Its 192 pages are packed with the best music writing in the country, and the CDs are another rich collection of songs that are interesting, soulful and fun.”

Also, beginning this year, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Southern Music issue will annually focus on the musical heritage of a particular Southern state, in addition to covering the breadth and depth of music from the entire region. The first state to be the object of attention will be Arkansas.

“We are very pleased to inaugurate this new concept by focusing on Arkansas,” Sabin said. “Besides being our home state, we also feel that Arkansas has never received the attention it deserves for its rich musical history and experience. The Oxford American — with its outstanding reputation and credibility among music experts and music lovers worldwide — is in a unique position to place Arkansas among the vanguard of musical heritage sites.”

The Oxford American’s Southern Music issue includes a double-CD package. The first CD is a mix of Southern music representing a variety of artists and genres, as usually accompanies the magazine’s annual Southern Music issue. The second CD is devoted exclusively to an exploration of music produced in Arkansas or by native Arkansans. The magazine also includes a special editorial section with articles about the artists and songs featured on the Arkansas CD.

The Arkansas music CD and the special editorial section about Arkansas music were made possible through a partnership with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Tyson Foods.

The Oxford American’s annual Southern Music issue has won two National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it was first introduced in 1999. The New York Times once wrote, “The Oxford American may be the liveliest literary magazine in America … The CDs are so smart and eclectic they probably belong in the Smithsonian.” The Southern Music issue has showcased both famous and criminally neglected musicians, everyone from R.E.M. to the Gants, Isaac Hayes to Erma Franklin, Lucinda Williams to Karen Dalton, Carl Perkins to the Armstrong Twins, Willie Nelson to Gary Stewart, Jerry Lee Lewis to Nellie Lutcher and more. Stanley Crouch, Peter Guralnick, Steve Martin, Rosanne Cash, Nick Tosches and Kevin Brockmeier have contributed writing to the Southern Music Issues.

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Plans finalized for the 15th Billboard World Song Contest Awards Presentation Show & Performance, March 29, 2008, The Mansion Entertainment and Media Center, Branson, MO.

First Place Winners, All Categories, will be invited to receive their award and perform their winning song onstage in front of music industry professionals, theatre owners and talent buyers.

In addition to the Billboard prizes, for the first time, chosen from the live performance, a $5,000 Grand Prize winner, Runner-up ($1,500), and a second runner-up ($1,000), will be selected by industry jury. It furthers your chance to be seen, heard and discovered. Hotel accomodations and meals provided.  Alternates will be invited to perform if first place winners decline.

Entry Deadline Nov. 15, 2007

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2007 Academy of Country Music Award WinnersWinners Announced for the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Winners have been announced for the 42nd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Honorees received their awards during a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE on the CBS Television Network from MGM GRAND in Las Vegas.

Kenny Chesney won Entertainer of the Year for the third consecutive year, he is one of only four artists to win this honor three or more consecutive times, joining Alabama (who has won five consecutively), Garth Brooks (who has won four consecutively) and Hank Williams Jr. (who has one 3 consecutively).

Brad Paisley won Top Male Vocalist for the first-time, Carrie Underwood won Top Female Vocalist, Brooks & Dunn won their 23rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award.

Rascal Flatts' win for Top Vocal Group ties them with Alabama for the most consecutive wins in this category -- five years running.

Also this evening, Brooks & Dunn was honored with the 6th annual Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, which salutes an artist or group in the country music industry who is committed to serving others, has a generosity of spirit and a dedication to helping build the dreams of those in need.

Brooks & Dunn was selected by a special blue-ribbon committee comprised of executives in the country music industry as well as local and national philanthropic leaders for his ongoing community service and charitable giving of his time and talent.

As the award's winner, Brooks & Dunn will have a community playground built in a city of his choice through the efforts of The Home Depot and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

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Relentless touring phenomenon Kenny Chesney won his third Entertainer of the Year Award.

“I can’t believe that I get to stand on the stages I stand on every summer and sing the songs I get to sing,” Chesney said. “I love Country Music and I love doing what I do.” During the pre-telecast ceremony, Chesney won his first Award in the Musical Event of the Year category, sharing the honor with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” Chesney performed current single “Don’t Blink,” from his latest album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates.

Lawrence was a first-time winner. “This is something that we wanted to sing,” Lawrence said of his friends backstage. “We all related to it. I’m proud to have the friends I have. It wouldn’t have happened without these guys.”

In such a relatively short career, Carrie Underwood continues to rack up awards, winning her second consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Award and adding a Single of the Year Award for smash hit “Before He Cheats,” produced by Mark Bright. “Here I go again, the waterworks have started,” an emotional Underwood said. “If you had told me years ago that I would be nominated with the people I was nominated with I would have thought you were insane.” Underwood performed “So Small” from her sophomore album Carnival Ride, which sold more than 500,000 copies in its first week’s release.

Nominated seven times for Male Vocalist of the Year, Brad Paisley finally won his first Award in the category. “I can’t tell you what this means to me,” Paisley said. “I have always wanted to win it once and this will do.” Paisley got emotional when talking about his father, “who carried amplifiers and ran sound even though he didn’t know what he was doing.”

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2007 CMA Awards Tickets Go on Sale Aug. 30

The 41st Annual CMA Awards" will be broadcast live on Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville. And for the third consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to attend.

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2007 CMA Horizon Award nominee Jason Aldean called to inform the 2007 CMA Broadcast Awards winners of their wins. The CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year, including National Broadcast Personality of the Year and CMA Radio Station of the Year recipients will be recognized during the “The 41st Annual CMA Awards,” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The CMA Broadcast Personality and CMA Radio Station of the Year winners were contacted on the stations’ studio lines by Aldean. The CMA Broadcast Awards finalists were announced at a press conference in Nashville in late August by Montgomery Gentry and Taylor Swift.

“The Country radio format is alive and well thanks to theses guys, who work so hard to help get our music played,” said Aldean. “I owe them a tremendous amount of credit for helping me get my career off the ground the past several years, so being able to give them their big news earlier today was a real honor. Congrats again to all of them.”

“CMA is proud to recognize these outstanding Country radio stations and broadcast personalities,” said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. “Having one of our most exciting CMA Award nominees surprise the winners with the news just adds to the excitement.”

Lia Knight, host of “The Lia Show” on Jones Radio Networks, won her second National Broadcast Personality of the Year Award. The 20+ year veteran won her first Award in the category in 2005.

“I totally did not expect this! This is my twentieth year in radio—what a way to celebrate. I feel so honored,” said Knight when she heard the news.

Many of the radio stations and personalities were first-time finalists for a CMA Broadcast Award. Nineteen percent of the stations and 45 percent of the radio personalities had never made it to the final ballot and that was reflected in the winners.

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2007 CMA Music Festival Is 'Time Well Wasted' as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Billy Currington Join Performance Lineup

The celebration of America's music is growing as artists continue to join the lineup for 2007 CMA Music Festival, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10 in Downtown Nashville.

Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Billy Currington are the latest artist additions to the CMA Music Festival performance roster.

New father Paisley, fresh off his 2006 CMA Album of the Year Award win for Time Well Wasted, will make his only Nashville concert appearance in 2007 at CMA Music Festival. One of Country Music's most popular performers, Paisley will close the Festival with the final performance on Sunday, June 10. Paisley's new song "Ticks" is roaring up the singles chart and is the first single from a forth coming album due out this summer.

"Brad has consistently been one of Country Music's top touring artists for the past several years, and his talent and abilities have been recognized with two back-to-back CMA Entertainer of the Year Award nominations," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. "He is a favorite with everyone, from the fans to radio and the industry. Having Brad give the grand finale performance will be a fantastic way to cap 2007 CMA Music Festival."

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2007 MTV Video Music Awards

The "2007 MTV Video Music Awards" is set to take over the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas Sunday, September 9th at 9PM (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT.)

To get things started, the VMA's hijacked a special edition of "TRL" to announce nominees, performers and much more for the September 9th musical extravaganza.

Artists nominated for the "2007 MTV Video Music Awards" include Justin Timberlake and Beyonce with seven nominations each; Kanye West and Rihanna received five nominations while Amy Winehouse received three nods. Timbaland, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Chris Brown, Foo Fighters and Rihanna are all scheduled to perform at the "2007 MTV Video Music Awards."

In addition, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are set to host their own Fantasy Suite party. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

In tune with the total reinvention of this year's show, MTV has pared down the categories to eight to be awarded during the live two hour show including new categories:

-- Male Artist of the Year / Female Artist of the Year -- recognizes the artist's complete body of work throughout 2007.

-- Most Earthshattering Collaboration -- a new award that recognizes the best teaming of creative minds in 2007.

-- Monster Single of the Year -- awarded to that unavoidable super smash that you just can't get outta your head!

-- Quadruple Threat award --- honors those boundary-busting artists who have conquered multiple worlds including, but not limited to; music, fashion, philanthropy, business, acting and dance.

"What great nominees! They truly reflect a stellar year in music and videos and show some love to the new faces that burst onto the scene this year," said MTV President Christina Norman.

The Ballots for "The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards" were sent out for the first time to artists and musical tastemakers as well as to an exclusive industry group and viewers who determined the nominees for the telecast.

Approximately 50 viewers and individuals representing record labels, music journalists, video directors and music producers, selected the nominees for awards categories encompassing such wide-ranging contemporary music forms as rap, dance, R&B and rock. Ballots are cast online and duplication is avoided through a special control number assigned to each ballot, which can only be tallied once.

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2008 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The following esteemed individuals and recordings have been selected for induction into the Blues Hall of Fame by The Blues Foundation. The Hall of Fame committee is chaired by Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues, and David Sanjek, recently of the BMI Archives.

The induction ceremony will be held at The Blues Foundation's Charter Member Dinner on Wednesday, May 7, at the Tunica RiverPark in Tunica, Mississippi, the night before the 2008 Blues Music Awards.

The 2008 inductees include living performers Jimmy McCracklin and Hubert Sumlin, as well as late artists Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Peetie Wheatstraw, Jimmy Witherspoon, and the Mississippi Sheiks. John Hammond and Paul Oliver are the non-performers inducted this year.

The play 7 Guitars, by August Wilson, and the book, Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf by James Segrest & Mark Hoffman, were also selected.

The following singles or album tracks will be inducted during the ceremony: “Back-Water Blues” by Bessie Smith; “Double Trouble” by Otis Rush; and “My Babe” by Little Walter. These albums were also chosen for induction: Piney Woods Blues by Big Joe Williams; Members Only by Bobby Bland; Rocks the House by Etta James; Freddy King Sings by Freddy King; and I'm Jimmy Reed by Jimmy Reed

On May 8, the night after the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the first time in their 29-year history in the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the Blues. Performers, industry representatives, and fans from around the globe will celebrate the best in Blues recording and performance from the previous year at the Grand Casino Event Center in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, just down the road from Memphis, the Awards’ home since their 1980 inception.

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2009 CMA Music Festival Attendance increased 7.2 percent; plans for 2010 CMA

The 2009 CMA Music Festival hit an all-time high attendance record in 2009 despite a downturn in the economy and a general decline in festival attendance across the nation with a 7.2 percent increase over 2008 during the four-day Festival,   Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, in Downtown Nashville.

"Even with gasoline prices more than $2 a gallon and weak economic conditions around the country, we saw increases in our attendance from local and regional residents," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. "We believe that is due in large part to a strong regional advertising push, the addition of free concerts, the popularity of our artists, and the entertainment value of the nightly shows at LP Field."

The average daily attendance in 2009 was 56,000. By comparison, in 2008 the average daily attendance was 52,000. The uptick was felt in single concert tickets and attendance in the Festival's free zones and concert venues including Riverfront Park, which was free to the community for the first time.   

Fans definitely enjoyed themselves and made it known at the box office. Tickets for CMA Music Festival 2010, which will be held June 10-13, went on sale Saturday and consumer ticket sales, which include pre-sale tickets, are up 4.6 percent over 2008. 2010 CMA Music Festival tickets go on sale nationwide today.

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2009 CMA Music Festival performers announced

Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Wynonna (with a special appearance by The Judds) have been added to the performance lineup for the 2009 CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts on the VAULT(TM) Concert Stage at LP Field.

The four-day Country Music Association music festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, 2009, in Downtown Nashville, TN.

Other country music artists who are currently scheduled to appear at the 2009 CMA Music Fest at LP Field include (in alphabetical order):

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Julianne Hough, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker.

Friday, June 12 - Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Zac Brown Band.

Saturday, June 13 - Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Wynonna (with a special appearance by The Judds). Sunday, June 14 - Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, John Rich, and Taylor Swift.

There will be additional artists announced in the coming weeks for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows. Surprise guests have also become a hallmark of the Festival. Artists are subject to change.

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2009 OC Super Fair Summer Concert Series with Joan Jett and friends

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, X, Pacific Symphony Performing The Magical Music of Disney, K.C. & The Sunshine Band and Three Dog Night will perform at the Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre as part of the 2009 Orange COunty, California OC Super Fair.

The Summer Concert Series is geared to provide a premier concert experience at a fan-friendly ticket price and, as always, concert tickets include Fair admission. Guests can sign up for pre-sale alerts at

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2010 ACM Award Winners Announced

The 45th Annual Country Music Awards 2010 winners were announced on Sunday night, April 18, 2010 on the CBS Television Network from MGM GRAND in Las Vegas.

Entertainer of the Year was Carrie Underwood, the winner of the evening's biggest honor. This is the second year in a row that Underwood has been named Entertainer of the Year at the ACM.

Montgomery Gentry was honored with the 9th annual Academy of COuntry Music (ACM) / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes an artist or group in the country music industry who is committed to serving others, has a generosity of spirit and a dedication to helping build the dreams of those in need.

Brad Paisley won Top Male Vocalist and Miranda Lambert won Top Female Vocalist at this year's 2010 ACM Awards.

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2011 Billboard Music Awards

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards to Air on ABC Live From Las Vegas

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The announcement was made today by Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media, which owns Billboard. The show is scheduled to air on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 and will become one of the most important music forums for artists on television. The live broadcast will be co-executive produced by Mr. Beckman and Don Mischer of Don Mischer Productions.

"This show marks the first of several broadcast platforms we plan to build around the Billboard franchise," said Beckman. "We have an incredible network partner and with Don Mischer, one of the finest producers in the world. We look forward to entertaining music fans with Billboard's own rendition of a televised celebration of music."

Real artist popularity will be recognized on stage by objective measures—capturing pure fan support through Billboard's legendary chart rankings. The Billboard Music Awards will take a holistic look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and many of the other most popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and it's data partners.

The awards will be based on the reporting period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, for example R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative. Such recognition will be determined and authenticated by Billboard.

"We're thrilled to partner with Billboard on the Billboard Music Awards. ABC is already the destination for such prestigious music events as The American Music Awards and The CMA Awards, and we're proud the Billboard Music Awards will now be calling us their home," said Vicki D

ummer, SVP, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment Group. "We see this marquee event as a valuable asset and perfect opportunity for us to launch in May."

"Las Vegas is a world-class destination known for hosting special events," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Millions of visitors enjoy our entertainment offerings every year and having the Billboard Music Awards return to Las Vegas gives them one more reason to visit."

Now in its 117th year, Billboard is the world's premier music brand consisting of Billboard magazine, Billboard Events, Billboard Bulletin, and—the online destination of choice for millions of music fans. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Most recently, Billboard launched the new Uncharted ranking of undiscovered artists, tracking their rising popularity across the Internet. Billboard reaches tens of millions of consumers daily through many strategic relationships with major companies including Reuters, SanDisk, Telemundo, Microsoft Zune, Napster, GTech, Motorola, AT&T, Sony Music Entertainment and Amazon. These relationships leverage Billboard's brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events and print, television, radio, digital and mobile platforms. Billboard produces conferences year-round with programming to address music's role in media and entertainment, including music showcases and awards shows to spotlight talent. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Greece, Japan, Korea and Russia.

Billboard is owned by Prometheus Global Media, a diversified company with leading assets in the media and entertainment arenas, including: Music (Billboard and its related conferences and events, including The Billboard Latin Music Awards), Entertainment (The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, ShowEast, Cineasia, and CineEurope); and Advertising & Marketing (Adweek, Mediaweek, Brandweek, Adweek Conferences and The CLIO Awards).

Billboard Launches Chart App for iPhone

Search 60 Years of Chart History, Listen to Songs and Purchase Music from Billboard's legendary charts in app form on the iPhone. See top free apps on the App Store

Available tin the iTunes store, the Billboard Chart App features 15 charts, from the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 to genre rankings and ringtones. Users can view 60 years of chart history, search by artist, album or song, view ranking details, listen to 30 seconds of music and make purchases directly through iTunes.

The Billboard Chart App is updated weekly with Billboard's traditional chart release schedule and features each ranking's previous week's position, number of weeks on the chart, and peak chart position. Users can search for specific artists, albums or songs, and search by date.

Ten of the charts are available free of charge, with access to the top 10 positions of those charts, going back three months. These charts include: Hot 100, Billboard 200, Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Dance/Club Play Songs, Latin Albums, Christian Songs, Tastemaker Albums, R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Ringtones.

For a monthly subscription of $1.99, users can "unlock" the Billboard Chart App for extended chart information including an additional five chart genres (R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Pop Songs, Country Songs, Rock Songs and Rap Songs andSixty years of Billboard chart archives.

2011 CMT Award Winners

Taylor Swift took top honors at the 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS for VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“Mine”), accepting her award live via satellite from her concert in Milwaukee. 

-Blake Shelton won two buckles, a first-time category win for MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”), and BEST WEB VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“Kiss My Country Ass”), a new category for 2011.

His better half, Miranda Lambert scored her second CMT MUSIC AWARD for FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“The House That Built Me”), while Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band took home the award for CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (“Margaritaville”) from their recent pairing on CMT CROSSROADS.

Multi-platinum group Lady Antebellum won GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“Hello World”) for the second straight year; Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts won COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“That Should Be Me”); and The Band Perry claimed the USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“If I Die Young”).

Sugarland took home their fourth buckle for DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR (“Stuck Like Glue”) and director Trey Fanjoy won for VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR for the videos she directed over the past year (award eligible videos include: Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and Blake Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”).

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20th Annual '2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony'

Witness Once In A Lifetime Performances and Moving Tributes From Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Justin Timberlake, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Ice-T and Steven Van Zandt

The sounds of legendary Irish rockers U2, modern rock pioneers The Pretenders, blues guitarist Buddy Guy, the Golden Voice of Soul, Percy Sledge and R&B veterans the O'Jays filled the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday, March 14 as these legendary artists took their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans can watch the historic celebration on VH1, Saturday, March 19 at 9PM* on the "2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony."

Some of the night's electrifying performances included an O'Jays medley of their hits "Back Stabbers, "For the Love of Money" and "Love Train," followed by The Pretenders two song set including "My City Was Gone" with inductor Neil Young on guitar and "Precious." Blues legend B.B. King and Eric Clapton inducted Buddy Guy who began with a solo performance of "Damn Right I Got the Blues," then collaborated with his inductors on "Let Me Love You, Baby."

Following the trio was Percy Sledge with a moving performance of "When A Man Loves A Woman." The evening concluded with an exhilarating performance of U2 hits, "Until The End of the World," "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," in which inductor Bruce Springsteen took the stage with the band, and "Vertigo." To mark the 20th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two of its first members, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis each took to the stage for a rousing performance of one of their classics.

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An encore presentation of the "2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony" will air on VH1 at 11:30pm the same day, with additional airings on Sunday, March 20 at 12PM* and 9PM*, Monday, March 21 at 1PM*, Tuesday, March 22 at 8PM*, and Wednesday, March 23 at 11AM* and 1AM*. will offer in depth insight and expansive information about this year's inductees along with bios, photos, radio streams, videos, and more!

The "2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony" is sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, Sprint, Pepsi, Southern Comfort, State Farm and Citibank.

The "2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony" is produced by Joel Gallen, executive producers Suzan Evans and Jann Wenner, executive producer for VH1, Lee Rolontz.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 84 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno, VH1 Mega Hits and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

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43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music's Party of the Year

Stage and Screen Superstar & Country Icon Reba McEntire to Host 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music's Party of the Year For the 10th Time.

The Academy of Country Music announced the return of Reba McEntire as host of the 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, an event which honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Reba McEntire is a country music legend who has been delivering number one songs for more than 20 years and has sold more than 50 million records over the course of her incredible career. Her name and voice are synonymous with country music.

In 2001, after conquering the country music world many times over, McEntire set her sights on Broadway, where she starred in the hugely successful revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun." Soon after, she began work on her hit WB sitcom, "Reba," for which she was awarded a 2001 People's Choice Award and a 2004 Golden Globe nomination. Reba's current album, "Duets," debuted at the top of the pop and country charts in late 2007 and has already earned a top two single and platinum sales status. "Reba #1's," her compilation album, celebrated platinum certification in 2006 and is a celebration of a career that has included 33 #1 songs, 29 albums, multiple awards and countless shows and performances.

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44th Annual CMA Awards on November 10th

The 44th annual Country Music Awards (CMA) will be broadcast live on the ABC Television network on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Performers for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" include: Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood, and Keith Urban. In addition, special performances will feature Gwyneth Paltrow in her live Country Music singing debut performing with Vince Gill; top nominee Lambert with Sheryl Crow in a tribute to Loretta Lynn's 50th Anniversary as a recording artist; Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson; and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.

Previously announced presenters include The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, and Chris Young, as well as NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and ABC television stars JoAnna Garcia ("Better With You") and Ty Pennington ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"). Rodney Atkins will present Awards in Pre-Telecast Ceremonies.

For the first time, offers live streaming footage from the CMA Awards Black Carpet presented by Jack Daniel's, the Pre-Telecast ceremonies, and the backstage Press Room.

Multi-genre music superstar and CMA Awards nominee Kid Rock will perform on "The 44th Annual CMA Awards."

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ABC Invites You to Summer's Hottest Music Event, 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock'

ABC heads to Nashville to take you to the hottest music event, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock." Reigning CMA Horizon Award winner Taylor Swift, former "American Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler and Country Music Star/"Dancing with the Stars" champion Julianne Hough host the special airing Monday, September 8 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Filmed in Nashville June 5-8, the special features performances by some of today's most exciting Country Music sensations in a four-day party and music celebration: Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Bucky Covington, Billy Ray Cyrus, Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Alan Jackson, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Dwight Yoakam.

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Academy Country Music AwardsENCINO, CA (June 21, 2007) – During a private industry ceremony last night, hosted by Marty Stuart, the Academy of Country Music honored country music superstars and industry leaders Harlan Howard, Waylon Jennings, Jack Lameier, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton and Don Williams for their contribution to the country music industry.

The event took place at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, where Marty Stuart’s Sparkle & Twang exhibit of personal memorabilia is on display.


Al Conti's "Scheherazade"

Scheherazade is both the name of the narrator of the legendary age-old tales “One-Thousand-and-One Arabian Nights” as well as the title of composer and instrumentalist Al Conti’s latest album which quickly hit #1 on the international New Age Reporter airplay charts.

Scheherazade (pronounced sheh-hair-uh-zahd) is Conti’s third album and contains ten original world-fusion tunes that musically tell the storyteller’s story. The famous tales originated throughout Persia, Arabia and India more than 1,100 years ago, and Conti gives the music a Middle Eastern ambience utilizing the sounds of exotic instruments (hurdy gurdy, udu, sitar, tablas and tribal drums), but making the music appealing to modern audiences by also incorporating piano, violin, cello and acoustic guitar.

Al Conti’s music can be purchased online via links from his website (, from retail sites including and, or at various digital download locations such as iTunes and Napster. Selections from the top airplay CD Scheherazade can be heard on hundreds of over-the-air radio stations and shows around the world as well as on satellite and cable-distributed channels including Sirius/XM, Music Choice, Muzak and Canada’s Galaxie/CBC.

Conti is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, acoustic guitar, violin, electronic keyboards and percussion. Conti has traveled widely and has lived in South America, Europe and the United States. As an actor, he has appeared on television shows including the daytime drama “As The World Turns,” in films, in numerous radio and television commercials, and on-stage in theatre productions in New York City, Philadelphia, Tampa and Buenos Aires. Born and raised in Argentina, Conti comes from a family of artists with notoriety in many fields. Conti, who has composed music all his life, put out his first album, Shadows, in 2006, and released his second, Poeta, in 2007.

Regarding the Scheherazade album, Conti says, “I grew up with the ‘Arabian Nights’ stories. Many of them have become famous all over the world: ‘Aladdin and the Magic Lamp,’ ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,’ ‘Sinbad The Sailor.’ But I was always captivated by Scheherazade, the woman who was telling the tales. Her story is just as fascinating as the ones she tells.”

According to the legend, there was an Arabian sultan or king named “Shahryar,” who was betrayed by his first wife, so he swore to never again be hurt by love. He vowed to marry a new bride every night only to lead each one to execution in the morning which eventually decimated the population of young women in the kingdom. Finally Scheherazade (“Daughter of the City”) offered herself as the next bride and traveled to the palace (“Desert Nights”) to marry the king. Following a night filled with passion (“Seven Veils to Midnight”), Scheherazade unveils her plan. Her sister “Dunyazad” enters the king’s chamber to bid them goodnight and suggests Scheherazade tell a story before they sleep. The king agrees and “A Thousand Tales” begin. Scheherazade weaves a captivating tale that entrances the king, but she stops before the end. The king, desperate to hear the ending, lets her live another day. Scheherazade starts a new story each night and leaves the outcome unspoken in order to prolong her own life, save the young women of the kingdom, teach the king lessons, and slowly soften his heart.

During the day, Scheherazade finds a quiet place (“Palace Gardens”) to devise her next tale, while the king attends to his duties, ruling his kingdom which is rich in resources and trade (“Gold and Spices”). After several years, Scheherazade’s tales touch the king to such an extent that he realizes he loves her (“Heart Triumphant”) and he officially recognizes her as his queen. Scheherazade – through her strength, courage and cleverness -- becomes the heroine of a timeless tale (“Eternal Majesty”).

To capture the characters, locations and storyline, Conti not only used his musical abilities, but also utilized his expertise as an actor with two decades experience on stage and screen. “As an actor, I often listened to particular musical selections to help generate an emotional feeling for a scene.”

Al Conti’s childhood was full of artistic expression. His grandfather was a concert pianist, Al’s mother was a professional ballerina, and his father is an architect, published poet and university professor. Al’s family tree also includes the famous Argentinean writer Miguél Cané. Although Al’s family was living in Argentina, their heritage is Italian and German. Because of that diverse cultural background, Conti speaks English, Spanish and Italian. When Al was three years old, he announced to his parents that he wanted to be an actor. At a very young age Al began listening to his family’s vast collection of music. When he was four his family would play a game where they asked for a particular recording and Al would find the correct piece and put it on the stereo. At age six he began teaching himself how to play piano and guitar. Finally, when he was eight, his parents allowed him to begin acting lessons which led to his first stage roles in Argentina.

Al spent a year in Italy getting to know his mother’s relatives there, but permanently moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. When he was 20, he got an agent and began a professional acting career that he maintained through 2004. In Argentina and in the United States, Al had the opportunity to perform in numerous theatrical stage productions including plays such as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” “Andre’s Mother,” “Poor Richard” and “Lonely Planet.”

“In addition to acting, music was always a major part of my life,” Conti explains. “Whether it’s someone else’s music or my own, I hear music in my head constantly. I began to get serious about composing in the early Nineties. A few years ago I had a near-death experience that was life-altering for me. It wasn’t long after that I switched careers to music fulltime and started recording.”

When asked about musicians who have inspired him, Al laughs and says, “I could go on all day. I have enjoyed music from all over the world in all different styles since I was a child. I never stop listening. I was very influenced by classical music when I was young and I have always enjoyed Chopin, Vivaldi and the softer Mozart pieces. I also grew up listening to tangos and Argentinean pop music. Early music that struck a chord in me would be acts like ABBA, The Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Georgio Moroder and Nina Hagen. I like everything from French opera to film music. In fact, an amazing piece is the main theme from the horror film ‘Poltergeist’ by Jerry Goldsmith. Also impressive is Takeo Watanabe, a Japanese composer of music for children’s animated films. More recently I have admired music by Lorenna McKennitt, Yanni and Christopher Spheeris.”

In addition to his music career, Conti is committed to supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (, Alzheimer’s Association ( and Until There’s a Cure ( which combats the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Al joined Kevin Bacon, Jessica Alba and Shelley Morrison (“Will & Grace”) in lending his name to the Until There’s a Cure foundation to help raise awareness and funds for research. “If you have ever had a friend or family member fighting one of these diseases, then you know why it is so important for all of us to show our support.”

According to Conti, “Creating the album Scheherazade was an arduous experience. There is a lot of thought, planning and experimentation that goes into creating the arrangements. What keeps me going is the feeling that the eventual listeners are already right there beside me while I am recording. So I can only thank each and every listener for walking with me through this artistic adventure and encouraging me to create more.”

An Evening With Stephen Stills' Solo Tour Continues Through July

Stephen Stills is one of rock and roll's pre-eminent guitar virtuosos -- he's #28 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" -- and one of its most legendary singer-songwriters. For four decades, through his solo work and as a member of a stellar array of iconic groups -- including The Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, Crosby, Stills & Nash and CSN&Y -- Stills has helped shape the popular music landscape and remained one of its most enduring artists. This summer, fans will have the chance to experience Stills' extraordinary music first-hand as he embarks on the second leg of his solo tour, "An Evening With Stephen Stills," beginning with a June 15 date at the Music Hall in Toronto.

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Annette Cantors new album

Annette Cantor takes two age-old music traditions from Europe (Gregorian chants and cello performance) and mixes them with ancient Native American musical customs (wooden flute and indigenous percussion) forming a unique sound on her recording Songs To The Earth, an album dedicated to our planet and the divine sacredness of nature.

“This music was created specifically for meditation and healing of all that hurts inside -- physically, mentally and emotionally,” Cantor says.  “This album was recorded at the gateway of my own journey into a year of deep healing from cancer, and the music accompanied me throughout the process.  On my daily walks into nature, I received profound inspiration and renewal, and I realized how much I love this world and appreciate the sacredness of our existence.”

Originally trained as an opera singer in Vienna, Cantor has developed a unique style of soulful emotive expression with her singing strengthened by technical expertise and classical studies.  Her musical background includes having performed on-stage and recorded with new age music pioneer C.G. Deuter.  On Songs To The Earth she is accompanied by top musicians from Santa Fe, New Mexico: Native American flutist Patrick Shendo-Mirabal (who has performed with his brother Robert Mirabal, Kenny Aranoff, Larry Mitchell), cellist Michael Kott (Sons of Ganesh, Robert Mirabal, Moontribe), percussionist Mark Clark (Cat Stevens, Ottmar Liebert, John Popper), percussionist Mike Chavez (Ottmar Liebert, The Jon Gagan Trio, Jono Manson), and percussionist Gregory Gutin (Sita, Jeremy Bleich).

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In the music world, jazz and blues have a long history as close companions, but singer Antoinette Montague joins those genres in holy matrimony on her debut album, PRETTY BLUES.

The phrase “Pretty Blues” is simply another way of describing Antoinette’s jazzy-blues. Her strength is combining the heartfelt passion of the blues with the sophistication of jazz. Her style can be powerful one moment and soft-and-delicate the next. Her lusty and soulful voice reaches right into the heart of the listener.

“At times I have been called a jazz singer who can belt the blues, and other times they say I am a blues singer who can swing with a jazz band,” states Montague. “I don’t care. I am just happy to be a singer. Period. I’m just letting it flow however it goes. Of course I mix jazz and blues. It’s natural to take all of your inspirations and blend them together. You also might hear me throw in a little gospel, R&B, Motown soul or big-band stylings. We build on what came before. The classic example is Billie Holliday, who was influenced by Bessie Smith’s blues, but Billie took it into more of a jazz direction.”

Antoinette Montague’s new CD is on CAP Records (Consolidated Artists Productions) and is available in record stores nationwide, online at major webstores (including, and and at digital download sites such as For more information on Antoinette, visit her website (

“Blues originally came out of the moaning and spirituals first heard in the workfields, but then soon heard in churches and honky-tonks as well. The more life-dues you pay, the better you can sing the blues, no matter what your heritage or whether you are rich or poor. The blues have to be honest. Everyone can relate to the blues because we all have had trouble sometime in our life. Singing the blues looks so easy, but I found out it’s not. You need a little soulful heartache, some suffering and then a dab of grease to make it slide along. The blues reflect the lifeblood and the spirit. The blues are a great release for me, but also a healing experience,” explains Antoinette.

“Where the blues are a basic part of life, an almost primeval experience, jazz is an elevated artform. Jazz follows a rich artistic path of high caliber. Where blues is the solid foundation for so much other music, jazz goes its own way. Jazz is infinite in possibilities. The greatest jazz comes out when the musicians exchange ideas. Jazz combines lofty thought with spontaneous improvisation. That’s why I love the idea of combining the best of jazz and blues whenever possible. They compliment and balance each other.”

For PRETTY BLUES, Montague assembled a top band of some of the best jazz masters in the country with a wealth of credits -– pianist Mulgrew Miller (Woody Shaw, Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves), tenor saxophonist and flutist Bill Easley (Duke Ellington Orchestra, Benny Carter, Ruth Brown, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Isaac Hayes, Dakota Staton), drummer Kenny Washington (Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Joshua Redman, Phil Woods), and bassist Peter Washington (Art Blakey, Benny Green, Lionel Hampton, Marlena Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Michal Urbaniak). Montague co-produced with musical director Kenny Washington while Miller contributed arrangements.

On the CD, Antoinette covers some classic material. She shows her blues roots on the opening medley, “I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water/Everyday I have The Blues.” Following that full-throated blues number, Montague comes right back with the delicately-sung sweet love song “Unless It’s You” (“We’re never completely free of people we have loved and this song reminds me of doubts I had when leaving relationships”). Antoinette also shows what she can do with standards – three by Irving Berlin (“How Deep Is The Ocean,” the top-speed “From This Moment On” and “Blue Skies”) and a pair by Sammy Cohn (“Dedicated To You” and “Teach Me Tonight”). The album title comes from her version of the Joe Williams tune “Pretty Blue.” Among other tunes, Antoinette sings “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” written by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie for the movie “The Color Purple.” “That song is for all my ‘sistuhs’ out there. It acknowledges the lonesome, scuffling road, but encourages women to raise their self-esteem and believe in themselves.”

Montague also offers worthwhile advice with the song “Pure Imagination” from an unlikely source, the original “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” movie. “I don’t really remember the film, but I have heard several jazz artists perform it over the years and it always gave me chills. The words are an inspiration. If you want to do something, imagine it first and then make it happen. Try to be worthy and true to yourself. Keep honest energy around you. I use the lyrics to shed self-doubt and catapult myself into action.”

Before headlining her own shows, she sat in on hundreds of gigs in an effort to practice her craft, learn the ropes and work her way into the music scene. The past decade Antoinette has been one of the hardest-working jazz-and-blues singers in New York City. For example, on Monday nights when there are jam sessions at clubs all over town, she would often sing a song or two with the Harlem Renaissance Band at Lucy’s and then hop over to 125th Street to vocalize in front of the Cotton Club Big Band directed by Ed Passant.

Montague has worked regularly with Bill Easley, Tom Aalfs and Mike Longo’s New York State of the Art Band (including the 88th Birthday Celebration of Dizzy Gillespie). She also was in the Great Women in Music Festival at Birdland with the Duke Ellington Band, directed by Jack Jeffers and filmed for television by the BET on Jazz channel. Antoinette performed at the 10th Anniversary of International Women in Jazz (she serves as the Vice President of that organization), and the NAACP’s Tribute to Milt Jackson.

Antoinete was mentored by some great singers – Carrie Smith (“She inspired me to have a big voice onstage”), Etta Jones (“She could transport the audience”), Della Griffin (“She showed me laid-back phrasing and how to use the comic side of my personality”) and Myrna Lake (“She let me sub for her and that’s when I learned to lead a band through three sets a night”). In addition, Montague has performed onstage with many top jazz and blues musicians including Red Holloway, Benny Powell, Earl May, Winnard Harper, Wycliff Gordon, Stan Hope, John DiMartino, Bernard Purdy, Victor Jones, Tootsie Bean, Zeek Mullins, Paul Bollenbeck, Frank West and numerous others.

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Antoinette grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. “I was singing and humming from an early age. It was how I created my own private, comforting world.” In the fourth grade, Antoinette would go to the local library and listen to albums by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith. Other influences were the R&B-soul of The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, the Jackson 5, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding; and singers as varied as Mahalia Jackson, Maime Smith, Paul Robeson, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Little Willie John, Etta James, Patsy Cline and Nancy Wilson.

When Antoinette was a teenager, she got a hard dose of the blues when her older sister, who had helped raise Antoinette, died of kidney failure. Only a couple of years later her mother died from a brain tumor. Music helped get her through those hard times and took some of the pain away. “Publicly I was stoic; privately the music would let me sing and cry and feel relief.” Antoinette sang “Send in the Clowns” at her high school graduation ceremony.

She went to Seton Hall University on a full academic Martin Luther King Scholarship and joined the college’s Voices United gospel choir which got to open for Walter Hawkins, Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Soul Stirrers. This led to her joining another gospel group, the Judah Chorale. She performed with an R&B group and recorded some demo tapes, sang in a blues band called Five Kings and a Queen, took piano lessons, and studied vocal techniques under Norman Simmons, Kate Baker, Inez McClendon and Jim Carson. Montague also recorded a not-yet-released album with Norman Simmons, Paul West, Joe Farnesworth and Tom Aalfs.

“On my CD I sing the tune ‘Teach Me Tonight’ and it has been my theme song for the past few years because I have been learning as much as I can about music from everyone I meet. The biggest lesson I have learned from performing music is to try and ‘live better.’ With my music and by my example, I would like to inspire people to go out and do new things and make their lives better.”

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Apple and Starbucks Form Music Partnership Wirelessly - Find and Buy Music at Starbucks

Apple and Starbucks announced an exclusive partnership that lets customers wirelessly browse, search for, preview, buy and download music from the iTunes® Wi-Fi Music Store at Starbucks onto their iPod® touch, iPhone™ or PC or Mac® running iTunes while at a participating location.

When a customer enters a participating location, their device will automatically recognize the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store using a high-speed Wi-Fi wireless network with no connection fee or hotspot login.

Customers will be able to browse, search and freely preview millions of songs, including a new “Now Playing” service which displays the name of the song playing in the Starbucks store at that moment, then easily buy and download songs or albums directly to their device.

Prices and selection on the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store are the same as on the regular iTunes Store. The service will make its debut at more than 600 Starbucks company-operated locations in New York and Seattle on October 2. Continue reading...

Apple Unveils Higher Quality DRM-Free Music on the iTunes Store

DRM-Free Songs From EMI Available on iTunes for $1.29 in May

Apple (R) announced that EMI Music's entire digital catalog of music will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from the iTunes (R) Store ( worldwide in May.

DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, resulting in audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording, for just $1.29 per song. In addition, iTunes customers will be able to easily upgrade their entire library of all previously purchased EMI content to the higher quality DRM-free versions for just 30 cents a song.

iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as today -- 128 kbps AAC encoding with DRM -- at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside DRM-free higher quality versions when available.

"We are going to give iTunes customers a choice -- the current versions of our songs for the same 99 cent price, or new DRM-free versions of the same songs with even higher audio quality and the security of interoperability for just 30 cents more," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We think our customers are going to love this, and we expect to offer more than half of the songs on iTunes in DRM-free versions by the end of this year."

"EMI and iTunes are once again teaming up to move the digital music industry forward by giving music fans higher quality audio that is virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings, with no usage restrictions on the music they love from their favorite artists," said Eric Nicoli, CEO of EMI Group.

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Ceremony to Broadcast on February 14h at 8:00 p.m. on FOX-TV.

Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” will receive the prestigious NAACP VANGUARD AWARD. This special presentation will take place during the 39th NAACP Image Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on February 14, 2008 (8:00 – 10:00 pm ET/PT) on FOX.  

“The NAACP VANGUARD AWARD is presented to a person whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.  To date, it has been presented just three times before to Prince, Stanley Kramer and Steven Spielberg,”commented Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP.  

As a member of contemporary music’s royal family, Aretha is peerless, the undisputed, reigning “Queen Of Soul.”  17-time Grammy Award winner (second highest of any woman in history), Grammy Living Legend and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and 2005 recipient of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom (America’s highest honor) – her roll call of awards and accolades is endless. In February 2008, Franklin will be honored by MusiCares--a charity of The Recording Academy.

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AT&T Blue Room to Feature Live Webcast of Bonnaroo Festival

The Festival's Cinema Tent Takes on New Dimensions AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) , Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment have announced that AT&T blue room music will host the exclusive live webcast of the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

From Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, fans not fortunate enough to attend this year's festival can still take part in the Bonnaroo experience by going to AT&T blue room music to see exclusive, live performances from the event. The site will be the next best thing to being on the 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn.

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Australian Bush Fire benefit concert at the Purple Turtle in London UK- musicians needed

There will be Bush Fire benefit concert at the Purple Turtle in London on Sunday March 15th from 3.00pm to 1.00am and four bands are still needed to complete the bill.

The benefit concert in London will be held at the Purple Turtle in Camden with all proceeds to go to a KING LAKE Municipal Support Fund in Victoria. Artists would give their time and play for 30 mins on a date to be confirmed in either late February or March.

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Bachman & Turner unite for new CD and world tour in 2010

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner have announced they are currently in the studio recording a new album of original material to be released in 2010 through E1 Music Canada and embark on a world-wide tour, kicking off at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 12, 2010.

Over a four year run Bachman and Turner (as leaders of BTO- Bachman & Turner Overdrive) earned 120 platinum, gold and silver disks in over 20 countries.

After they split in the mid ‘80s, Randy and Fred went their separate ways, Randy to a solo career, the much-celebrated Guess Who reunion followed by Bachman-Cummings, as well as establishing himself as a jazz artist and radio personality (Randy’s Vinyl Tap on CBC and Sirius satellite radio is heard by millions worldwide each week). Fred carried on with the other members of Bachman-Turner Overdrive before retiring from music at the end of the ‘90s.

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Best Buy Brings The Biggest Bang to Life for Rolling Stones Fans

Exclusive Four-DVD Set Offers Music Lovers Seven Hours of Concert Footage and New Music

The best selling concert tour of all time, A Bigger Bang, is coming to living rooms across the country as one of the most ambitious music DVD sets in history. The Rolling Stones and Best Buy are joining forces to release, The Biggest Bang, a four-DVD set featuring seven hours of content including two full length concerts, two behind-the- scenes documentaries and classic favorites such as, "Honky Tonk Women," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "Satisfaction."

The Biggest Bang will be available starting June 12 for $29.99 exclusively at all Best Buy stores in the United States and at online Customers can pre-order the four DVD set. It will also be available in Canada at Best Buy stores as well as Future Shop stores. The Biggest Bang will be released internationally mid-summer.

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Beyonc's Official 'Single Ladies' Dance Video Contest

Beyonce has invited all of her fans to create their own versions of her new "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" video clip for the official "Single Ladies" dance video contest.

Contestants should adhere precisely to the iconic "Single Ladies" dance routine performed by Beyonce and her two dancers in the original clip - no new choreography should be added.

The grand prize winner of the Beyonce's "Single Ladies" dance video contest receives $2,500.00 (US) and have the winning video shown during Beyonce's "I Am..." World Tour 2009.

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Black Eyed Peas new CD; "Boom Boom Pow" tops Billboard

The Black Eyed Peas have scored their first #1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. The new song also remains at the top of the iTunes chart.

"Boom Boom Pow" is the new album from three-time Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum Interscope recording artists The Black Eyed Peas.

The first single from their upcoming release, The E.N.D. gave the Black Eyed Peas their first Hot 100 chart-topper of their music career.

The Black Eyed Peas new CD is released on April 21, 2009. See more information about Boom Boom Pow.

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blink-182 2009 SUmmer & Fall Concert Tour

The details of the exclusive partnership with punk band, blink-182, by supporting the group’s first concert tour in five years have been announced by T-Mobile USA, Inc.

The nearly sold-out T-Mobile® Sidekick™ Presents blink-182 Summer 2009 Tour goes coast-to-coast to bring an energetic rock show to the masses and unique meet and greet experiences for dedicated fans with a national sweepstakes opportunity, T-Mobile Sidekick Live the Rock Life with blink-182.

As the title sponsor for blink-182’s reunion concert tour, kicking off on July 23, 2009 in Las Vegas and culminating October 3, 2009 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, T-Mobile will give Sidekick fans the chance to text to win seat upgrades, attend meet and greets with the band, as well as enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize - all without leaving their spot in the pit to check out the band.

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Leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization Sees Market Changes

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the leading U.S. performing right organization representing more than 6.5 million musical works from more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, today released its annual projection for U.S. ringtone sales and for the first time released a U.S. ringback tone market projection for 2007.

BMI estimates that the 2007 music ringtone market will dip to $550 million (U.S.) in retail sales, down $50 million (U.S.) from calendar year 2006. BMI pegged the market at $600 million (U.S.) in calendar year 2006; $500 million (U.S.) in 2005; $245 million (U.S.) in 2004 and $68 million (U.S.) in 2003, respectively.

BMI projects that ringbacks will generate approximately $65 million (U.S.) in retail content revenues in 2007. This is BMI’s first market estimate of the long-awaited rollout of the ringback tone market. A ringback tone is a musical work that is performed to the caller when they place a call to a participating mobile subscriber.

BMI’s estimates are based on more than 520 million individual, detailed ringtone transactions analyzed by the organization over the past 12 consecutive quarters. BMI tracks census sales data on more than 325 outlets for the sale of mobile entertainment in the U.S.

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Bob Dylan Show 2009 Concert Tour starts in July

Bob Dylan, along with fellow musicians Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp will embark on a U.S. concert tour starting in July and August 2009. The Bob Dylan Show's 2009 Ball Park Tour hits inor league baseball parks throughout the U.S. This marks the second time in the past 24 years that these three performers shared the concert stage.

Since Bob Dylan's first concert tour of minor league baseball parks in 2004, over a half-million fans have come together to spend a night under the stars across the nation.

Bob Dylan has performed over 100 concerts each year for the past 15 years. Dylan also broadcasts into millions of households each week with his highly popular satellite radio program Theme Time Radio Hour.

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band End Tour with Sold Out Shows at Detroit Rock City's Legendary Cobo Arena!

The City of Detroit proved yet again that it is home to the greatest rock and roll audiences in the world when Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band ended their 50-city tour Saturday, March 17. In front of a lively sold out crowd, Seger enjoyed a return to both his hometown and Cobo Arena. "It was another historic performance at the legendary Cobo Arena," said Bill Lee, Olympia Entertainment's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

"Live Bullet," the album largely responsible for making Seger a nationally known rock star, was recorded on September 4 & 5, 1975 at Cobo Arena. In honor of the famous recording and Seger's illustrious career, Olympia Entertainment, the facility management company for Cobo Arena, renamed the star dressing room the "Live Bullet" room. Olympia Entertainment officials were on hand Saturday night to present Seger with gifts and a plaque to commemorate the momentous occasion.

The tour closing concert on Saturday, March 17 capped off a week in which Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band played three downtown Detroit shows at two Olympia Entertainment venues. This included another show at Cobo Arena on March 15 and a sold out performance at Joe Louis Arena on March 13, which proved to be historic as Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band had not played there since closing their 86-87 tour with a seven show sold out run.

Other notable live albums recorded at the legendary Cobo Arena, include The Doors, "Live in Detroit" (1970), Kiss, "Alive" (1975), J. Geils Band, "Blow Your Face Out" (1975), The Tragically Hip, "Live Between Us" (1996), as well as tracks from Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's "Nine Tonight" (1980).

Source: Olympia Entertainment
DETROIT, March 19, 2007 /PRNewswire/

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Brice’s “Love Like Crazy” Ends Year as Most Heard Song of 2010

The Country music rising star Lee Brice tops the Hot Country Songs chart with Gold-certified selling single “Love Like Crazy,” as the most heard song in America by Billboard. His debut album LOVE LIKE CRAZY was released June 8th on Curb Records.

Billboard’s Year End Hot Country Song Chart (Top 10)

1. Love Like Crazy – Lee Brice

2. Rain Is A Good Thing – Luke Bryan

3. Why Don’t We Just Dance – Josh Turner

4. All Over Me – Josh Turner

5. The Man I Want To Be – Chris Young

6. Roll With It – Easton Corbin

7. Gimmie The Girl – Joe Nichols

8. All About Tonight – Blake Shelton

9. Come Back Song – Darius Rucker

10. She Won’t Be Lonely Long – Clay Walker

While working hard on his major label debut, LOVE LIKE CRAZY, he penned hit singles for Tim McGraw’s “Still”, Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory” a song that actually entered the charts at No. 1, and Jason Aldean “Not Every Man Lives”.

In the last few years, he has charted four hits of his own, including “She Ain’t Right,” and “Happy Endings.” His latest single, “Love Like Crazy,” peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart while his new single “Beautiful Every Time” is climbing the charts.

While Brice may be a newcomer, he is certainly no stranger to the thousands of fans who have seen his live performances. A self-described "road dog," Brice has spent most of the past three years on the road, performing in everything from the smallest club to larger arenas, developing a strong and passionate following along the way.

“I’ve always loved the live aspect of what I do for a living,” Brice said. “It gives you the most immediate satisfaction, not to mention pure adrenalin rush. Watching this song climb the charts is sort of like that rush I feel when I perform it live. It’s that gratification that someone out there is digging what I do, and it just doesn’t get better than that.”

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Britney Spears "Circus" CD both #1 Single and 5th Number one Top 40 Hit Song

Britney Spears' makes top presence on the music chart with her latest single "Circus." The song is #1 on the Top 40 radio charts. This is Britney's fifth #1 song overall.

Britney Spears had three songs in the Top 40 music chart. Her breakout first hit song was "Womanizer." "Circus," and her quickly rising third single "If You See Amy," are now on the charts.

This is the first time in Britney Spears' career where she has back-to-back No. 1 singles on the radio chart, according to industry trade Radio & Records.   

The platinum album "Circus" debuted at #1 and made Britney Spears the first female ever to have five number one album debuts. Worldwide, the album has sold in excess of three million copies.  "Circus" reunites Spears with previous collaborators Max Martin, Danja and Bloodshy & Avant and her latest video for "If You See Amy" recently wrapped shooting in Los Angeles and was directed by Jake Nava (Beyonce, Shakira, P!nk).  

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Britney Spears Enters the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 with her Breakout Smash 'Gimme More'

Jive Records recording artist Britney Spears' latest hit single "Gimme More" is shaping up to be another worldwide hit.

Domestically, within just one week of its release "Gimme More" tops the iTunes Store's Top Songs chart at #1 with over 179,000 digital download sales and races up the charts with a meteoric jump from #63 to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. In Australia and Canada the single ranks #1 on iTunes while entering the Top 20 on the European Top 100 Airplay chart. "Gimme More" is Spears' highest charting hit since her debut single, " ... Baby One More Time."

The "Gimme More" video is scheduled to be on sale exclusively via iTunes on Friday October 5th and will officially premiere on all other video outlets on Monday, October 8th.

Additionally, the song is receiving critical-acclaim. Rolling Stone describes "Gimme More" as "sleek" and "catchy." It was produced by Nate "Danja" Hills, the hit-making producer who has worked with Nelly Furtado, Timbaland and more. The first single from her highly-anticipated album titled Blackout. Britney Spears was very involved in crafting her fifth studio album, Blackout. She collaborated with top-notch producers and songwriters to produce an upbeat album with a nod to past musical influences and an ear toward the future.

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Britney Spears' new CD "Circus" sells over a half million albums

This week, December 10, 2008, Britney Spears secures her status as an iconic superstar with the release of her newest album, Circus (Jive Records).

Also, Britney Spears will make music history by becoming the first female ever to have five No. 1 album debuts. Her sixth studio album, "Circus" debuts No. 1 in the U.S. according to SoundScan. Her new CD has sold over 505,000 albums. Britney's new CD also enters at No. 1 on the Digital Albums chart. This is the second biggest album debut of the year for a female artist.

"Circus" was released on Britney's 27th birthday, December 2, 2008.

"Circus" is a veritable international success as well: the album debuts No. 1 in six countries including Canada, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and Top 10 in an additional seven countries. This follows the reception of her smash hit single "Womanizer," currently a Top 10 single in 16 countries worldwide and is certified gold in six countries, and platinum in Canada and Ireland.

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Capitol/EMI announces the October 9, 2007 digital release of George Harrison's solo catalog.

Nine albums have initially been made available and the remainder will follow online in 2008. The release of these albums makes all four Beatles' solo catalogs digitally available.

Harrison's EMI catalog will be available in digital form for the first time on a global basis. Fans will be able to purchase

Harrison's catalog works from all of EMI's digital distribution partners, and the titles will also be part of EMI's premium download offering (free of digital rights management and in a higher-quality bit rate) from participating retailers.

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Capitol/EMI Confirms the Release of the Entire Paul McCartney Solo Catalog Digitally for the First Time Ever

EMI Music has retained Paul McCartney's solo catalog and is preparing a comprehensive re-launch, including new digital campaigns as well as physical re-releases. For the very first time, McCartney and Wings albums will be made available across all digital platforms. In the U.S., Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will oversee the physical and digital catalog initiatives.

McCartney's EMI catalog stretches from his first solo album "McCartney" through his releases with Wings to his latest critically-acclaimed studio album "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard." Within these albums lies a breathtaking list of singles including 'Band On The Run,' 'My Love,' 'Let 'Em In,' and 'Jet.'

Tony Wadsworth, chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK said, "Paul McCartney's post-Beatles catalog, spanning four decades, is one of the great treasures of popular music. EMI is proud to be introducing Paul's music to the digital marketplace."

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Carly Simon Sings Modern Classics - From Cat Stevens to Antonio Carlos Jobim - On New Album, 'Into White'

Grammy & Oscar Winning Performer Carly Simon Releases New Collection of Best-Loved Songs & Lullabies for All Ages

'Into White' In Stores Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Columbia Records announces the release of Into White, a new collection of beloved pop standards and touching traditional lullabies performed by the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy winning singer and composer Carly Simon.

The quintessential performer follows up Moonlight Serenade, her 2005 best-selling collection of pop music standards, with Into White, a soothing return to her primary musical roots, a pure and evocative showcase of best-loved songs, old and new, performed in the trademark dusky vocal style that's unmistakably Carly.

Taking its title from a wistful Cat Stevens song from the legendary 70's singer/songwriter's Tea For The Tillerman album, Into White conjures a series of dreamy gentle moods in a collection of unforgettable tunes drawn from a variety of sources including Cat Stevens ("Into White"), Judy Garland ("Over The Rainbow"), the Everly Brothers ("All I Have To Do Is Dream"/"Devoted To You"), The Beatles ("Blackbird"), Harry Belafonte ("Jamaica Farewell"), James Taylor ("You Can Close Your Eyes"), Stephen Foster, the 19th century father of American song ("Oh! Susanna"), and Gaelic traditional folk airs ("Hush Little Baby"/"My Bonnie," "I Gave My Love a Cherry [The Riddle Song]," "Scarborough Fair").

Carly rounds out the album with a pair of new self-penned compositions: "Love of My Life," and "Quiet Evening."

Produced by Carly Simon & Jimmy Parr (who worked on Carly's seasonal collection, Christmas Is Almost Here), the songs on Into White are performed by a small intimate ensemble including Teese Gohl (who also arranged strings on the album) on keyboards, synths, kalimba and flute; Peter Calo on guitar and dobro; Jan Hyer on cello; David Saw on guitar; and Jimmy Parr on percussion, kalimba and heartbeat.

Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor (each an accomplished songwriter and performer in her/his own right) join their mother on a familial rendition of James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes," from 1971's Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. Ben Taylor contributes vocals to several other songs on Into White including an enchanting new version of "Devoted To You," the Everly Brothers classic Carly first covered in 1978 with then-husband and frequent singing partner James Taylor on her best-selling Boys In The Trees album.

In addition to her legendary status as one of America's definitive female singer/songwriters -- having penned such classic pop songs as "You're So Vain," "Anticipation," and "Let The River Run" -- Carly has also authored several award-winning children's books beginning with the best-seller "Amy The Dancing Bear" in 1989 and including "The Boy of the Bells" (1990), "The Fisherman's Song" (1990), "Nighttime Chauffeur" (1993), and "Midnight Farm" (1997).

From her sly version of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" in the soundtrack to Nora Ephron's "Heartburn" (1987) to her songs in the Disney Winnie the Pooh films, "Piglet's Big Movie" (2003) and "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" (2005), Carly Simon has shown an uncanny ability to connect with audiences of all ages.

Into White is executive produced by Jay Landers, who first worked with Carly on "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry"/"In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning," her duet with Frank Sinatra on Ol' Blue Eyes' 1993 Grammy winning Duets album. Landers -- who has supervised records with Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Celine Dion and many others -- provided musical supervision for numerous original cast recordings and soundtracks including "Miss Saigon," "Carousel," "A League of Our Own," "Remember the Titans" and others. He has also worked on a number of children's recordings including Disney's Lullaby Album and the Grammy winning "Woody's Roundup" from Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 2."

Carly Simon - "Into White" - track listing:

Oh! Susanna (written by Stephen Foster)

All I Have To Do Is Dream/Devoted To You (written by Felice & Boudleaux Bryant)

Into White (written by Cat Stevens)

Over The Rainbow (written by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg)

Hush Little Baby/My Bonnie (traditional, arranged by Carly Simon)

I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle Song) (traditional, arranged by Carly Simon)

Blackbird (written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney)

You Can Close Your Eyes (written by James Taylor)

Jamaica Farewell/You Are My Sunshine (written by Lord Burgess/written by Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell)

Manha de Carnaval (from Black Orpheus) (written by Luiz Bonfa & Antonio Maria)

Scarborough Fair (traditional, arranged by Carly Simon)

Love of My Life (written by Carly Simon)

Quiet Evening (written by Carly Simon & David Saw)

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Carrie Underwood Tops CMT Poll to Predict Winners of the '41st Annual CMA Awards'

Carrie Underwood continues her winning streak when America picks the CMA winners, according to the findings of a recent CMT poll predicting winners of the "41st Annual CMA Awards." Underwood emerged as the clear cut favorite for Female Vocalist of the Year, while Kenny Chesney was chosen as Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.

In an interesting twist, some 74% of those polled agreed that women should have been included in this year's Entertainer of the Year category. America thought that Underwood, Faith Hill and Martina McBride should have been among those nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year category, predicting that Underwood would have taken that trophy too, had she been included.

"It's no secret that Carrie has dominated country music this year, as evidenced by the tremendous success of her new album," said Jay Frank, senior vice president, music strategy, CMT.

"Carrie and Kenny resonate as the top two entertainers in country music, and if this poll is a sign of things to come, both will be big winners next week."

For the second consecutive year, CMT commissioned the telephone poll using a random national sample of 1,003 adults 18 and older, and asked who they personally thought would win CMA's Entertainer, Female, Male, Album and Song categories.

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Carrie Underwood Tops The '2007 CMT Music Awards'

Carrie Underwood emerged as the evening's big winner at Monday night's 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS for her video "Before He Cheats" winning trophies for VIDEO OF THE YEAR, FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR and DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (Roman White). Kenny Chesney took home top honors for MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR; Rascal Flatts won GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR; and Sugarland won DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR.

Newcomer Taylor Swift won the first award of her professional career for BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR and Jack Ingram took home his first CMT buckle in a new category, WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR. The two-and-a-half hour awards show ceremony took place live at The Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville.

Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS kicked off with an opening sketch featuring Foxworthy and Blake Shelton entitled, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grade Country Singer," with a cast of fifth graders posing as young country stars. His opening monologue then paid tribute to those lives lost in the tragedy at Virginia Tech earlier today. Foxworthy said, "We want you to know that you are in the hearts and minds of the country music community."

Kris Kristofferson held back tears as he was presented the Johnny Cash Visionary Award by close friend and daughter of the late Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash. In a moving speech, Cash described Kristofferson's songs as a "vision of truth, like the man himself." The tribute included Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Luke Wilson, legendary filmmaker and Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, Willie Nelson and acclaimed producer Don Was.

Rascal Flatts ignited the live show with the fan-voted song, "Life Is a Highway," which marked the first time in CMT MUSIC AWARDS history that fans were allowed to cast their votes online and on mobile phone for the opening number. In addition, a number of powerful performances marked the evening, including a dramatic presentation of Sugarland's hit single, "Stay." Hank Williams Jr. brought the audience to its feet with an acoustic version of "A Country Boy Can Survive," and Carrie Underwood delivered a dynamic rendition of "Before He Cheats."

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Celine Dion World Tour Opens in South Africa and Plays to More Than 300,000 Fans

Canadian superstar CELINE DION opened her world tour with an unprecedented nine city tour of South Africa, playing to capacity crowds, primarily in stadiums from coast to coast. She concluded her successful South African journey with two outdoor performances in Johannesburg on February 29 and March 1, 2008.

Though Celine has been performing in her record-breaking Las Vegas engagement for the past five years, it has been close to ten years since she has toured around the world On her Taking Chances World tour, Celine is visiting many territories for the very first time, including this inaugural visit to South Africa, where she holds the record as the biggest selling artist of all time in that country.

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Cher in Las Vegas September 2010

The following is a review of Cher's new Las Vegas show

It has all been said for the past 40 years. You either adore the queen bee or you don’t, it’s that simple.

The first thing you notice about Cher’s headline act at Caesars’ 4,296-seat Colosseum, is that it is as much as a production as a music concert.

It’s a large-scale set piece that sets the tone for the rest of the show – an evening which is dominated by more than a dozen over the top staging and costume changes – ranging from cowgirl chic for Walking in Memphis to the iconic black leather and lace leotard/jacket combo for “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

In addition the show features a collection of songs that pay tribute to old-time Hollywood style from the 1940’s, complete with glamorous costumes and choreography. With her infamous rock-and-roll attitude and eye for theatrics, the show treats guests to an intimate look back through Cher’s iconic career, with vintage footage of rarely-seen “Sonny and Cher” clips and an ever-changing state that adapts its scenery for each song and mood.

The staging, costumes and design for the sets are jazzy and brassy; but we would expect nothing less from the icon. Nothing compares to the first outfit as she enters the stage looking like a mix between something out of the galaxy and a Mayan princesss.

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Cheryl K Warner Releases "You Just Don't Get It" New CD

-Cheryl K Warner has released "You Just Don't Get It", the third single from her new upcoming Fantasy CD. 

"You Just Don't Get It" was written by Jerry Gillespie and Dan Willis and is a bold, upbeat, attitude song about a changed woman.  

"As soon as I heard the writers' demo, I wanted to record it," says Cheryl K.

"I felt that the lyrics of the song would certainly strike a note with women and that it might possibly enlighten men to appreciate and accept their women just the way they are." Combining the honesty of her country roots with the heart of gospel and the energy of rock, Cheryl K.'s voice provides a mirror in which her listeners see reflections of their lives and of their dreams.

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Chimaira's new CD "Coming Alive" and 2010 Concert Tour

Chimaira will release her new CD, "Coming Alive" on Ferret Music on July 20th, 2010.

This unprecedented release includes a four-part documentary filmed over the course of a year and a half while the entire package includes over 7 hours of exclusive content.

The DVD, filmed entirely in HD, showcases Chimaira in the studio while recording the Billboard-charting, The Infection, and chronicles their recent, worldwide touring season. In summary, Coming Alive is an in-depth look into Chimaira’s life and music in the studio and on the road.

Not only does the DVD set include this amazing documentary piece, another section, Chimaira XMAS: Live Concert Film, celebrates the 10th annual Chimaira Christmas show in Cleveland, Ohio, which took place on December 30th, 2009. 13 HD cameras capture Chimaira releasing their fury for their hometown crowd on a dark and snowy night in December.

Bonus features on the DVD include a 45 minute Resurrection: ‘Making of’ documentary, a 40 minute home-video footage documentary of never before seen moments, and a live CD featuring 17 tracks recorded at CHIMAIRA’s December 30, 20120 Christmas show.

Chimaira and the band will be touring this summer on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL! In addition to those dates, CHIMAIRA will be performing several off-dates and some pre-festival dates with SHADOWS FALL this summer! See below for all current tour dates.


6/29 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
6/30 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
7/5 Spokane, WA @ The Seaside


7/6 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7/7 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
7/8 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory


7/10 San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
7/11 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/13 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre Southeast
7/14 Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
7/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
7/18 Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
7/20 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/21 Cincinatti, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/23 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/24 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theater
7/25 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/27 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
7/28 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/30 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Theater
7/31 Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/1 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/3 Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
8/4 Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
8/6 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
8/7 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/8 Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/10 Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
8/11 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/13 Dallas, TX @ Centerv 8/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre


7/26 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights (w/ Shadows Fall, Winds of Plague)
8/2 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend (w/ Norma Jean, In This Moment, Scapegoat)

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Clay Aiken - The Jukebox Summer Tour 2005

Clay Aiken - The Jukebox Summer Tour 2005

Highlights Songs From All
Five Decades of the Rock Era

RCA Artist Will Also Preview
Songs From His Next Album on 25-City
Tour That Begins July 28, 2005 in Tom's River, NJ

Fans Can Send Text Messages
to Clay Backstage Before Each Show

Clay Aiken will rock the jukebox this summer as he sets out on a unique tour celebrating all five decades of the rock era, with songs your mother should know -- and your grandmother and kids, too.

The multi-platinum RCA Records recording artist will embark on the fifth tour of his career with something new.

Not tied to a specific album, Aiken's latest live show will reach back to the '50s and '60s for the earliest hits of rock and roll, move into the '70s and '80s for songs from Aiken's childhood, and come all the way into the '90s and '00s for hits from modern times.

"I thought it would be cool to sing a bunch of covers, and relate to everybody," says Aiken."There will be songs my mom likes and my grandparents like, and there are a lot of people who love the music of the '70s. I like the '80s, and we're going to have a lot of fun with songs from the '90s."

The tour will include many songs that Aiken is already associated with, including Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire."

Aiken's versions of both songs charted in Billboard. There will also be a medley of Elvis Presley songs that spans the decades. Aiken will also sing the hits of everyone from Sam Cooke to Goo Goo Dolls.

This summer tour will have a unique feature, as those attending Clay's concerts will be encouraged to bring their cell phones and text messaging devices to participate in extracurricular show activities, through a program organized by Boomerang Mobile Media.

Those attending will be able to send text messages to Clay backstage before each show and register to receive a post- show message from him. At many venues, attendees will be able to post their own text messages live, on screens in the venue. They will also have access to exclusive merchandise.

"This started out as a show just to have some fun with, and as I got more excited about singing these songs, it became a bigger show," explains Aiken. "It's a summer tour and the production will be simple because the real story is the music. It's a chance for people to remember where they were when they heard certain songs. I was born in 1978, but I love the music of the '50s and '60s and I know a lot of people do. We're going to have a lot of medleys in the show, including a doo-wop medley and one for all the great Motown hits. I made a prediction that everyone will be able to sing along to at least five songs, no matter when they grew up!"

The '00s section will include songs from Aiken's first album, the double-platinum "Measure of a Man," and will preview songs from his upcoming CD. Aiken is about to go into the studio to begin recording the new album.

Clay will perform three songs on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" on July 29 as part of their outdoor Summer Concerts series. He will be singing from Bryant Park.

In connection with his "Good Morning America" appearance and the launch of his summer tour, Clay will be on the cover of the July 24 issue of TV Guide.

The summer tour will be Aiken's first since his successful "Joyful Noise" tour during the Christmas season of 2004. This year's tour will start July 28 in Tom River, NJ. Aiken will play in 25 cities, 26 shows with the tour concluding on September 1, 2005 in Atlantic City, NJ. Here is a list of cities and dates:

Clay Aiken Concert Tour Schedule

7/28 Tom's River, NJ Ritacco Center/Tom's Riverfest
7/29 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
7/30 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31 Pittsburgh, PA Chevrolet Amphitheater
8/2 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
8/3 Greenville, SC Peace Center
8/5 Cary, NC Regency Park
8/6 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventure Theme Park
8/8 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
8/9 Columbus, OH Ohio State Fair
8/10 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest
8/12 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brooks
8/13 Clio, MI Clio Area Amphitheater
8/15 Kettering, Ohio Fraze Pavilion
8/16 Toledo, OH Zoo Amphitheater
8/18 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fair
8/19 Interlochen, MI Interlochen Center for the Arts
8/21 Meadville, PA Crawford County Fair
8/23 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theater
8/24 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion
8/25 Toronto, Ontario Molson Amphitheater
8/27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
8/28 Boston, MA Bank of America
8/29 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Exposition
8/31 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Resort
9/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Resort

Source: RCA Records
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Clay Aiken Releases New RCA Records Album 'A Thousand Different Ways' in Stores on September 19th

The long wait for Clay Aiken fans is over. RCA Records will release the singer's third album, "A Thousand Different Ways" on September 19th. The project, Aiken's first outing since 2004, combines 10 cover versions of well-known songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s with four brand-new songs.

The album is a follow-up to Aiken's debut set, "Measure of a Man," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and is certified triple-platinum, as well as the platinum-selling "Merry Christmas with Love," the best-selling holiday album of the 2004 season.

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(Photo: left) Clay Aiken "A Thousand Different Ways" new album on RCA Records release - September 19, 2006. (PRNewsFoto/RCA Records,Miranda Penn Turin) LOS ANGELES, CA UNITED STATES 08/03/2006

Clay Aiken to Release Brand-New Album, On My Way Here, on May 6th 2008

Multi-platinum selling pop singer Clay Aiken will release his fourth album, On My Way Here, on RCA Records/19 Entertainment on May 6th, 2008. The collection is the 29-year-old Raleigh, NC, native's first album of original songs since his 2003 chart-topping, double- platinum debut Measure of a Man.

On My Way Here chronicles Aiken's experiences over the past five years, ascending from popular contestant on the second season of American Idol to pop superstar. The album's theme came to Aiken when he and his executive producer Jaymes Foster fell in love with a song written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder called "On My Way Here."

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Country Music & Television Superstar Reba McEntire to Host the 42nd Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS Country Music's Party

The annual event will be elecast to Air Live From Las Vegas Tuesday, May 15th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS Television Network

The Academy of Country Music announced today the return of Reba McEntire as host of the 42nd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, the event which honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Reba McEntire is a country music legend who been delivering number one songs for more than 20 years and has sold more than 50 million records over the course of her incredible career. Her name and voice are synonymous with country music. In 2001, after conquering the country music world many times over, Ms. McEntire set her sights on Broadway, where she starred in the hugely successful revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun."

Soon after, she began work on her hit WB sitcom, "Reba," for which she was awarded a 2001 People's Choice Award and a 2004 Golden Globe nomination.

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Since releasing "Working Man's Journey" exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on May 29th, 2007, Merle Haggard has proven that a few years under his belt has only affected his voice for the better.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says of the album and Merle, "Haggard the balladeer is in full flower on 'Kern River' and 'Are the Good Times Really Over' but he also gives some of his most animated performances in years, honky-tonking it up on 'Shade-Tree Fix-It Man' and 'Rainbow Stew.'"

Country Standard Time says of the album, "the disc is seamless with no real difference between old and new." Country Weekly says "a surprisingly cohesive gathering of thematically linked songs by the Poet of the 'Common Man,' Merle Haggard."

With six new songs and six classics, which have been newly recorded, Merle stays true to his roots in the release of his new album. His distinct voice and theme throughout the album hold true to what we all love in Merle's music. According to Merle, "I think its common subject matter that people of our nature understand. There's nothing complicated about it. It's just plain old music about simple subjects."

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A worldwide music star, Crystal Gayle has won audiences with her recordings, concerts and television performances for the last thirty years. 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of Gayle's chart-crossing smash, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most often performed country songs of the 20th Century.

On August 28, Capitol Nashville/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release Crystal Gayle: Greatest Hits, a new 25-track collection of Gayle's top hits, including 21 Top 10s and 16 #1s. Three new Crystal Gayle ringtunes will also debut on August 28.

Singing came as naturally as breathing to Crystal Gayle, born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky. Raised in the small town of Wabash, Indiana, Gayle recalls with a laugh, "My mother said I could sing before I could walk. Music was a form of entertainment. People would sit on their porches and play their guitars, mandolins, banjos, and that's what we did to pass the time."

Gayle's sister, Loretta Lynn, 19 years her senior, helped with her career development. Lynn not only helped to negotiate Gayle's first record deal, she also wrote her first single and created her new name. "When I started recording, Brenda Lee was on the same label and they didn't want two Brendas, so Loretta thought of Crystal," says Gayle. "She saw it on that Southern hamburger chain, Krystal's, although she also said it was because I was bright and shiny. I didn't care what they called me if I was going to get to record. They could have called me John."

The Lynn-penned "I have Cried (The Blue Right Out Of My Eyes)" was produced by Owen Bradley in a production that is reminiscent of his Patsy Cline masterpieces. Decca put her on the road with her sister but Gayle lasted only a week. "That was about enough," she laughs. "I think she and her husband Moony wanted me to be a part of it, but Moony wanted me to stand in a certain place on stage, she wanted me to be another place and it was, 'Okay, I need to do my own thing.'."

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Following the footsteps of Lily Allen and Arctic Monkeys, Cushh is another poster act for the MySpace generation having built up a health fanbase on myspace.

Cushh have been on the road touring for the past 2 years, doing more than 300 shows up and down the UK as well as performing on 3 different occasions at prestigious venues such as Wembley Arena, Manchester MEN Arena, Birmingham NEC, Cardiff CIA, Sheffield Arena and Newcastle Arena while supporting acts such as Shayne Ward and Westlife.

  Described as the UK’s own answer to ‘The Black Eyes Peas’, Cushh - comprised of South Londoners Miss Nic’ola and E? - have successfully produced a unique blend of Pop and R&B, and an edgy and original debut single with ‘Do It 2 Me’ which is already receiving lots of TV and media attention. After digital release, Do It 2 Me was one of the most downloaded ring tones on the T-Mobile network.

  There has already been good UK press support for Cushh. There was a story regarding Miss Nic’ola and Colin Farrell featured on Joe Mott’s ‘Hot’ page in The Daily Star on 19th of Feb, 2007. Daily Star have already done an exclusive story on Miss Nicola and will be published next week w/c 22/02/2007. There was story again about Miss Nic’ola and Colin Farrell featured on Mirror. There has already been a story regarding their stunning video shoot in The Daily Record. Closer Magazine will be doing an exclusive story on Miss Nic’ola, TV Hits will be doing a "Shiny and New" feature on Cushh, Girl Magazine will be doing the Next Big Thing feature, and information piece in the gossip section of Shout Magazine is also confirmed. Also confirmed are information pieces in Oink (financial paper for kids) and on Funday Times (the youth sister paper to the Times).

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Ben Folds

Live at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY (Jan. 29, 2005)

Review by David Krell

Ben Folds is an asshole.  Pink hats, tight second-hand t-shirts, who does he think he is?  Every other indie rocker?  Unfortunately, he does and more importantly, he is. 

But that’s not why he is an asshole.  Imagine if Mozart wrote some of his many complex and wonderful symphonies and then decided to simply repeat himself, but in a more simple manner, ultimately wasting the talent that was given to him. 

In other words, giving up.  Folds spent over 10 minutes during one of his few US tour dates in Syracuse, NY playing a Dr. Dre song, which, despite being very entertaining and satisfying the needs of all the tag-a-longer's who came with friends, proved that his best days may be behind him.

Not to say he is not a musical genius.  Folds has written some of the most beautiful, heartfelt and genuine songs the history of music has ever heard. Songs such as “Evaporated,” which he perfomed as an encore this evening seemed to pierce through everyone in attendance.  In fact, it was the only moment of pure silence during the entire show.

“Philiosophy,” “Song for the Dumped,” Don’t Change your Plans for Me,” are all songs which should be heard by everyone.  Unfortunately, the last great Ben Folds song was written about seven years ago.  He did have a sweet new song about his daughter Gracie, which I admit, did bring about subtle signs of perculation, but not enough to bring back the faith.

Ultimately, Fold’s songs are the same - a bit of Elton John and Billy Joel with a background in Pavement and Built to Spill- and his lyrics are worse (“There’s always someone cooler than you”), but the valued innocence remains, which, fortunately for Folds, will keep fans coming back.  I certainly will; if only to see a glimpse of what he once was.

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Def Leppard: Band Returns With Brand New Studio Album 'Songs From the Sparkle Lounge' Set for Release on April 29

Def Leppard, Great Britain's premiere arena rock band, is back with a bang -- kicking off 2008 with the release of their 14th studio album and a U.S. arena concert tour scheduled for this spring.

Entitled "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" (Bludgeon Riffola/Island/UMe), the album set for release on April 29, contains 11 new songs including the highly-anticipated single "Nine Lives" featuring a groundbreaking collaboration with country music superstar Tim McGraw.

The band is set to debut the single on ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars" on April 29 and on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on April 30. "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" is Def Leppard's first album of brand new material since 2002's "X" and begins yet another remarkable new chapter in the band's 30-year recording career.

Recorded last year during month-long stints at lead singer Joe Elliott's Dublin studio, the album's title refers to a backstage area called "The Sparkle Lounge" on Def Leppard's 2006 tour where the band would go to write songs. Tracks from the album have been described by the group as written in the style of "Hysteria," with the production of "High 'n' Dry. "

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Definitive Bob Dylan Retrospective Set For Worldwide Release October 1

3-CD DYLAN To Feature 51 Tracks Spanning Five Decades Extensive Liner Notes And Never-Before-Seen Photos Highlight Deluxe Edition

18-Song 'Best Of' Collection To Be Released Concurrently

A career-spanning, three-CD retrospective of Bob Dylan's music - DYLAN - will be released worldwide on October 1 by Columbia Records. This definitive Bob Dylan collection chronicles the artist's four decades of groundbreaking studio recordings, as well as his unparalleled influence on popular music and culture.

According to Sony BMG Commercial Music Group President John Ingrassia, "Each new generation eventually discovers what millions of people the world over have known for decades: That Bob Dylan is a singular artist whose songs and recordings represent the very best that music has to offer. This DYLAN set will provide a comprehensive introduction to an important body of work that continues to impact our culture and attract multitudes of new fans each year."

Song selection for this comprehensive set is still being determined, and will be greatly influenced by impassioned fan lobbying on website This site -- which went live in February for fans to share thoughts on Bob Dylan's music, swap stories about first hearing the artist's songs and seeing him in concert, and more -- has been updated today with the DYLAN artwork, a promotional trailer for the album, as well as the ability for fans to vote on the DYLAN track listing.

Visitors to will also find details on a forthcoming online photo exhibit in which notable fans from the worlds of music, film, art and fashion will contribute images inspired by Bob Dylan. Fans will be able to contribute images as well, and a winner will be chosen by one of the celebrity photographers to receive a Sony Alpha digital camera and have his or her image included in the exhibit.

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Definitive Bob Dylan Retrospective Set For Worldwide Release October 6, 2008

Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs - the 8th instalment in the best-selling and critically lauded Bootleg Series which launched 1991 - will be released by Columbia Records on Monday, October 6, 2008.

A treasure-trove of 27 songs spanning two discs, Tell Tale Signs features previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of tracks from sessions which generated some of Bob Dylan's most acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the last two decades, including Time Out Of Mind, Love And Theft, Modern Times and Oh Mercy.

July 29th marks the launch of a completely redesigned as the ultimate platform for Bob Dylan fan interaction. The site encompasses music and images from every one of the artist's recordings, and enables fans to compare their personal journeys and geographies to that of Bob Dylan, who has traveled the world as a troubadour for more than 40 years. For a limited time, the site will also feature a free download of "Dreamin' Of You," one of Tell Tale Signs' many previously unreleased gems. "Dreamin' Of You" is a fully-produced recording from Dylan's 1997 sessions with producer Daniel Lanois, which spawned Time Out Of Mind, the 1998 Grammy Award-winning Album Of The Year.

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Donna Summer Tops the Billboard Charts with new CD

Celebrating four decades of milestones, DONNA SUMMER adds another accomplishment to her list with the recent success of "I'm A Fire." "I'm A Fire" has risen to #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Charts making it her 13th #1 single to top the club charts and her 19th #1 charting single across all charts. This is Donna's first #1 hit in almost 10 years. Donna Summer is the only artist to have had a #1 charting dance hit in every decade since the 1970's.

-"I'm A Fire" was remixed by several remixers including Solitaire, Craig C, Rod Carrillo, Redtop, Matty Soulflower and Baggi Begovic & Soul Conspiracy.

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Doug Adkins, new CD Whiskey Salesman

An Interview with Doug Adkins by Christian Lamitschka

Christian Lamitschka: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who'se never seen or heard you before. Doug Adkins: Country Music.. I play pretty straight country... If you like Merle Haggard to Alan Jackson to Toby Keith, I think you’ll find my sounds ok... I don’t try to do anything special and I never really cared much about fame, I just enjoy writing and playing good country songs... hopefully I succeed.

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you?

D.A.: I wrote a lot of songs, didn’t tour so much, really took some time to focus on what I was doing and where I wanted to go musically.

Ch.L.: What's your latest new CD and how's it doing?

D.A.: Latest CD is "Waltz Across Montana“ .. Released March and April 2010 .. Produced by Brent Mason and mixed by Lonnie Wilson ... The CD sounds good... How is it doing? ... Too soon to tell...

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

D.A.: Waltz Across Montana is one of the songs on the CD, and since I am from Montana, I thought it fit.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

D.A.: Yes, i write all of my material... some with Matt Wegner.. .earlier I wrote with Gerd Vogel but the songs always have my influnce in them, either lyrically or musically Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

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DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures' 'TRANSFORMERS' Smashes Industry and Studio Records in First Week of Release

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures' co-production "TRANSFORMERS" set an industry record for a non-sequel of $155.4 million in its opening week, surpassing the previous record held by the original "Spider Man" in 2002. In addition, during its first full day of release on Tuesday, July 3, "TRANSFORMERS" grossed $27.8 million, the biggest Tuesday in industry history, surpassing the second "Pirates of the Caribbean" adventure.

The following day, July 4th, the Michael Bay-directed action adventure posted another industry best for the holiday of $29 million, outstripping "Spider-Man 2" in 2004.

For DreamWorks and Paramount, "TRANSFORMERS" three-day debut of $70.5 million was the top non-sequel and top live-action film ever. This propelled Paramount over the $1 billion mark in domestic gross in 189 days, the earliest any studio has reached that benchmark in a calendar year. The year 2007 will be Paramount's highest grossing since 1998, when it reached $1.046 billion, a figure that will be surpassed by the end of the coming weekend.

Over the past week, Paramount reclaimed its status as the #1 studio in market share, which it held earlier in the year, from April 21 to May 3. In addition, "TRANSFORMERS" was DreamWorks' fourth straight #1 opening film following "Norbit," "Blades of Glory" and "Disturbia."

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Duo Brooks & Dunn Return to Host 'The 39th Annual CMA Awards' in New York City

Multi-Platinum, Multi-Award Winning Duo Brooks & Dunn Return to Host 'The 39th Annual CMA Awards' in New York City

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, of super duo Brooks & Dunn, return to host "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" when the gala airs live on the CBS Television Network, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"After the great job they did in 2004, Kix and Ronnie were the natural choice to host 'Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)' from the world's biggest stage -- New York City," said CMA Executive Director, Ed Benson.

"After all, they are consummate entertainers and among the formats biggest stars. They are the total package -- humor, talent, credibility and artistic integrity. The CMA Awards are in very good hands."

"It's great to know we didn't screw it up too bad last year," Brooks said with a laugh. "Obviously we are not comedians, but if we learned anything, it is to stay out of the way and let the great music on the show take care of itself."

"The 'Big Apple' is a well-seasoned pro. As second-year hosts, we are far from that, but we are honored to go to New York and humbly fill in as hosts for this year's CMA Awards," added Dunn.

Since blasting onto the scene with their No. 1 debut single "Brand New Man" in 1991, Brooks & Dunn have had 21 No. 1 singles, sold more than 27 million albums and picked up 14 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1996. They hold 12 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Awards -- a record for the category. Their ninth Arista Nashville studio album will be released later this summer.

"We couldn't ask for better ambassadors of Country Music and the CMA Awards," Benson said. "We are taking our industry's most important show and the best our format has to offer to the media and marketing capital of the world. And that will speak for itself."

The 2004 CMA Awards, which aired for the first time on Tuesday night, posted an 11.5 rating with an 18 share. CBS estimates that 18.46 million people watched the entire broadcast and more than 37 million viewers watched all or part of the gala event.

CBS was first in households, viewers and key demographics during the three-hour broadcast (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). CBS won every half-hour in households, viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. This was CBS's best delivery in households, viewers and adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since November 2001.

To put the success of the CMA Awards rating in perspective, during the 2004-2005 television season, the CMA Awards placed third behind the Academy Awards and in a statistical tie with the GRAMMY Awards.

In the week immediately following the broadcast, the Billboard Top 75 Country albums chart reflected a 166 percent increase factoring in new releases from Shania Twain (529,567) and Toby Keith (435,489) according to Nielsen SoundScan. More than 30 other acts, who either performed or presented trophies on the CMA Awards, also enjoyed sales spikes according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"This speaks to the strength of Country Music and the CMA Awards, that a single format awards program can reach so many viewers," Benson said.

CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the industry professional members of the Country Music Association, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards were broadcast on network television - making it the longest running music awards program on network television.

The final nominees for the 2005 CMA Awards will be announced during a press conference to be held in New York City in early September. "The CMA Awards" will be held in New York City this year only. The gala returns to Nashville in 2006 for its 40th Anniversary at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The CMA Awards are produced by Walter C. Miller and directed by Paul Miller. MJI Programming, a division of Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, which includes Red Carpet coverage and a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event. Chevy, an American Revolution, is the official automotive sponsor of the 2005 CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2005 CMA Awards.

Source: Country Music Association
NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 10, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --


The Eagles will make their first-ever awards show performance at “The 41st Annual CMA Awards” airing live on Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville.

The band’s decision to appear on the CMA Awards follows the success of their recently released Country single, “How Long,” which has been embraced by Country Music fans and is climbing the Country Music charts. “How Long” is the first single from the group’s soon-to-be released, double album, Long Road out of Eden, featuring 20 new studio recordings.

“From the early ‘70s this group has defined Country rock, and more than three decades later they are still creating music that resonates with our audience,” said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. “They are an outstanding addition to the incredible lineup of performers for the CMA Awards.”

This marks the first performance by the Eagles on the CMA Awards, although the band is no stranger to “Country Music’s Biggest Night.™”

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Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago Return for a Summer of 2005 Tour

Entertainment Magazine

Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago
Return for a Summer of 2005 Tour

'What happens when you cross Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire? You get a big, raucous, happy band, supercharging a packed house of fans.'
- says Daily Variety

'Mind Blowing ... smashing success'
- says the Denver Rocky Mountain News

Clear Channel Music Group announced today that, due to the overwhelming popularity of last year's tour, once again this summer R&B superstars Earth Wind & Fire will team up once again with legendary rock band Chicago to deliver yet another spectacular run of shows. Lauded as one of the most successful and creative tours of 2004, the 2005 summer run of the Earth Wind & Fire / Chicago shows promises to be even more electrifying. Fans can once again expect to hear more than 3 hours of hits including a full-length set from each band, with two incredible jam sessions at the opening and closing of the show, with both bands playing on stage together.

Legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire is simply one of the most important, influential, innovative and commercially omnipotent contemporary pop music bands of the 20th century. Check their 34-year Curriculum Vitae: millions and millions of albums sold worldwide (including eight double-platinum albums, two platinum albums and three gold albums); eight Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, honors from the NAACP and BET and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the coup de grace: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2000. Earth Wind & Fire remain to this day one of the top globally popular touring attractions with a catalog of mega-hits spanning over three decades.

Chicago has written, recorded and performed some of the most popular and best loved songs in rock history. Through it all, they have remained a working band, releasing 29 albums and touring continually since forming in 1967. This Grammy award winning band has sold a record number of albums, and had 20 Top 10 hits, 5 Number One albums, 5 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. Chicago has also won American Music Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had a downtown Chicago street renamed in their honor.

The tour will kick-off on Friday, June 24th in the city of Chicago, where both bands launched their prestigious careers over 3 decades ago. This is the must see tour of the year for music lovers of all ages.

Source: Clear Channel Music Group
LOS ANGELES, March 18 /PRNewswire/

Earth Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits CD

The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Be CD

Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago
2005 Tour Dates:

6/24 Chicago Venue TBD
6/26 St. Louis UMB Bank Pavilion
6/28 Cleveland Tower City Amphitheater
6/29 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/1 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
7/2 Scranton Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/3 Wantagh Tommy Hilfiger Jones Beach
7/4 Hershey Hershey Park Pavilion
7/8 Atlantic City Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
7/9 Atlantic City Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
7/10 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pavilion
7/13 Wallingford Oakdale Theatre
7/15 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena
7/16 Boston Tweeter Center
7/17 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/19 Cincinnati Riverbend Amphitheatre
7/20 Columbus Germain Amphitheater
7/22 Camden Tweeter Waterfront
7/23 Raleigh ALLTEL Pavilion
7/24 Atlanta Chastain Park
7/25 Atlanta Chastain Park
8/5 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
8/6 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
8/9 Nashville Starwood Amphitheatre
8/12 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Amphitheatre
8/13 Tampa Ford Amphitheatre
8/16 Indianapolis Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/19 San Antonio Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/20 Dallas Smirnoff Music Center
8/21 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/23 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
8/25 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/26 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
8/27 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion
8/31 Seattle White River Amphitheatre
9/2 Concord Chronicle Pavilion
9/3 San Francisco Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/4 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
9/6 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
9/7 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
9/9 San Diego Embarcadero
9/10 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Earth, Wind & Fire: Live By Request DVD

Elton John & Leon Russell to Release Collaborative New CD, The Union

The highly anticipated single from Elton John & Leon Russell is the first to be made available from The Union. This collaborative album with Elton John and Leon Russell will be released October 19,2010 in the U.S. on Decca (October 25, 2010 in the U.K. on Mercury Records). The album marks the first time these iconic artists have worked together since 1970.

The single CD release of "If It Wasn't For Bad," is released on August 24, 2010 on iTunes and all digital retailers.

"If It Wasn't For Bad," written by Leon Russell, features vocals by Elton John and piano and vocals by Russell along with an extraordinary band bringing a bold rock/country sound organically crafted by these true musical legends.

Produced by Oscar and multiple-Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, The Union was recorded live in the studio with Elton and Leon on dueling pianos. The album features a variety of musical genres from R&B, soul, gospel, country, pop and rock. The 14-track disc includes selections written by Elton and his lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as the combined incomparable songwriting team encompassing Leon, Elton, Bernie and T Bone.

Leon first met Elton in 1970 when he attended Elton's first ever U.S. show at the famous Troubadour in Los Angeles. The meeting heralded the beginning of a long friendship and a mutual appreciation between the two artists. "In the late '60s and early '70s, the one piano player and vocalist who influenced me more than anybody else was Leon Russell," Elton said. "He was my idol." The pair went on to tour together shortly thereafter at New York's Fillmore East and to this day have held such high admiration for each other's work.

After years of being out of touch, Elton listened to Leon's music while on safari in Africa last summer and was inspired to reconnect with his idol. "Elton called to ask if I would do a duet album with him," Russell said. "I'm very happy that he chose me to do this."

Source: Decca Records

Elvis #1 Hits Performance' New DVD in Stores October 30, 2007

On October 30th 2007, Sony BMG Music Entertainment will release the first ever "Elvis #1 Performance" DVD.

The DVD is comprised of quintessential performances by the King of Rock 'n' Roll showcasing 15 of his number one hits. Culled from his TV guest appearances, movies, concert films and television specials -- this is Elvis at his best.

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Enrique Iglesias is Bigger on mun2 new CD

After selling tens of millions of albums, breaking records with 18 number one hits on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart and nonstop touring, Enrique Iglesias is Bigger on mun2.

The Madrid born, Miami raised pop star comes to mun2 for a month long campaign of performances, originals, hosted shows, interactive features, original promos, music video blocks, and exclusive interviews.

Bigger on mun2 brings the multi-platinum artist to the screen in a big way beginning April 7, 2008.

"mun2 is bringing a true pioneer of bilingual pop to fans with our exclusive Bigger on mun2 treatment of original, irreverent, and candid content on-air and online," said Flavio Morales, mun2 Vice President of Programming. "Kicking off the new season of Vivo with Enrique Iglesias, one of the greatest international pop stars of all time, is a huge treat for our audience."

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Fans Vote in Record Numbers to Determine the Final Nominees for the '2008 CMT Music Awards'

Shattering all previous records, over two million votes were cast for the final nominees of the 2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, putting country superstars Brad Paisley and Sugarland in the lead with four final nominations. Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins share the designation of three nominations each.

2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS host Billy Ray Cyrus garners his first nomination for the tear jerking "Ready, Set, Don't Go." The 2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS continues to be the genre's only fan-voted awards show and will air live from Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Monday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT* on CMT and

"Voting for the 2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is at an all-time high, making the awards more competitive than ever," said Brian Philips, executive vice president and general manager, CMT. "With superstar performances like those from our top nominees Brad Paisley and Sugarland and exciting new categories, this year's show promises to be a night full of surprises."

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Final Road Trip for Johnny Cash Bus Will Be to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

JC Unit 1, Johnny Cash's tour bus that's "been everywhere," will take its place in history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Originally built and restored in Ohio, the coach comes full circle when it also takes its final resting place in Ohio.

Cash used the vehicle for all his tours, including the 1991 Highwayman Tour, where the vehicle also ferried Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Johnny sold the bus three months before his death in 2003 to the American Heritage Music Foundation in Blytheville, Arkansas.

They in turn sold it to MotoeXotica in St. Louis, Missouri, who auctioned it on e-Bay in 2005. The bus was purchased by Dave Wright, a collector of vintage motor coaches. Wright had Creative Mobile Interiors, a custom conversion specialist in Grove City, Ohio, restore the bus.

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Ford ramps up its fight against breast cancer by announcing today a very special addition to its 2007 Warriors in Pink Campaign in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Two-time Grammy-winner and former American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson joins Ford’s fight by appearing in their campaign designed to drive awareness of the Warriors in Pink initiative.  Ford has supported Komen for the Cure for 13 years and has dedicated more than $90 million in cash and in-kind donations to save lives and help end breast cancer forever.  Last year, the line of apparel generated more than $1.1 million in sales, with all net proceeds going to Komen.

  The Grammy winner is joining Ford in the fight against breast cancer for the second year in a row.   As a supporter of breast cancer awareness and eradication, this year, Clarkson will be the face of the Warriors in Pink print campaign as well as the PSA on the importance of early detection to be featured on  In addition, Clarkson designed a one-of-a-kind customized Warriors in Pink miniature Mustang that will be auctioned off during the month of October.

In 2006, a portion of tickets sold for Clarkson’s Addicted summer concert tour was donated to Komen for the Cure as part of Ford’s Warriors in Pink effort. 

  Part of a multi-faceted campaign supporting the Komen for the Cure, the print ads featuring Kelly Clarkson will debut on September 4 in a national print campaign running in Conde Nast, Meredith, Rodale, Martha Stewart Omnimedia and Time, Inc. publications this fall including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, In Style, Self, Women’s Health and People.    “It is so important for all women to realize that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better a woman’s chance to go on to live a full life.  I wholeheartedly support breast cancer awareness and the eradication of this deadly disease and am proud to be affiliated with Ford’s Warriors in Pink campaign for a second year in a row,” says Clarkson. 

“Through my partnership with Ford, I hope to raise awareness and encourage women of all ages to join in the fight.”

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Frank Sinatra new CD: "Classic Sinatra II"

Frank Sinatra new's CD, 'Classic Sinatra II, is the release following the popular 'Classic Sinatra' CD.

The brand-new companion collection, 'Classic Sinatra II,' from Capitol/EMI, in conjunction with Frank SInatra Enterprises (FSE), features 21 additional signature tracks on the album. The new CD also includes 15 songs from the legendary concept albums Sinatra that were recorded for Capitol between 1954 and 1961.

The new Sinatra CD, "Classic Sinatra, Volume 2 will be available on CD on June 2, 2009, at all major digital service providers, including

Classic Sinatra II features some of SInatra's most popular songs, "Moonlight In Vermont," "Pennies From Heaven," "Something's Gotta Give," and "All Of Me."

The CD set also features four 1950s singles: "Love And Marriage," "(Love Is) The Tender Trap," "Learnin' The Blues," and "High Hopes." Plus there is a 1956 recording of "Memories Of You" and a previously unreleased recording, "This Can't Be Love."

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Frank Sinatra's Best Classic Recordings for Films Collected for 'Sinatra at the Movies'

Frank Sinatra was a titan of 20th Century entertainment, with record-breaking successes in both music and film throughout his legendary career. Capitol/EMI celebrates Ol' Blue Eyes' musical contributions to many of Hollywood's most memorable classic films, in several of which he also starred, with the April 15 release of a new 20-track CD and digital collection titled Sinatra At The Movies.

Sinatra At The Movies includes title themes from The Tender Trap, From Here To Eternity, Young At Heart, Three Coins In The Fountain and Not As A Stranger, as well as "Chicago" and "All The Way" from The Joker Is Wild, "I Could Write A Book" and "The Lady Is A Tramp" from Pal Joey, "How Deep Is The Ocean" and "All Of Me" from Meet Danny Wilson, "To Love And Be Loved" from Some Came Running, and more.

Sinatra At The Movies is one of several high-profile music and DVD releases honoring the Chairman of the Board's storied career as a pioneering legend of entertainment. Other upcoming salutes to Sinatra include a commemorative U.S. postage stamp to enter circulation on May 13 and special TV programming, co-hosted by his children, through the month of May on Turner Classic Movies (TCM), including more than 30 of Sinatra's films and four of his television specials.

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George Michael Announces First North American Concert Tour in 17 Years, a New Album and Makes American Acting Debut

After performing 80 shows in 12 European countries for a staggering 1.3 million fans over the past year alone, legendary superstar George Michael will be bringing his smash 25 LIVE tour to North American Arenas in the summer of 2008 in support of his new retrospective record.

This will be Michael's first North American tour in 17 years. The new record, titled Twenty-Five, will be released April 1st and is a 29-song, 2-CD set featuring several new songs (including duets with superstars Paul McCartney and Mary J. Blige) in addition to many of Michael's iconic songs from both his solo and WHAM! career. In addition, a companion 2-disc DVD of 40 videos will also be made available.

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George Strait Celebrates His Unprecedented 56th Chart-Topper with 'I Saw God Today'

George Strait, The King of Country Music, has more #1 hits in a single chart format than any other recording artist, including all genres of music. As "I Saw God Today" sits at the #1 spot on Billboard/R&R, one should take notice that it's been a great few weeks for George Strait.

His new 37th album CD, Troubadour, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and now he has an unprecedented total of 56 #1 singles to his name.

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GOO GOO DOLLS Hit the Road This Summer

American rock & roll legends, THE GOO GOO DOLLS, return to the road this month in support of their Gold-certified album, "LET LOVE IN."

The band's eighth studio album, produced by Glen Ballard and the band, has already spawned four hit singles to date, including the current single and title track, "Let Love In."'As reported in December, The Goo Goo Dolls now hold the record for "Most Top 10 Hits at Hot AC Radio in History," with twelve consecutive tracks at that format.

As previously reported, the deluxe edition of "LET LOVE IN" is in stores and available now. The expanded package now contains a DVD titled, "LIVE AND INTIMATE," with exclusive live performances, music videos and a pair of acoustic versions of tracks from "LET LOVE IN."

The latest news from The Goos is that the band has recorded a brand new, exclusive song for the upcoming "Transformers" film soundtrack, called "Fiction." Details on both the film and the soundtrack to be announced shortly.

Until then, you can catch The Goo Goo Dolls performing live on television twice this June. Tune into the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on NBC stations Friday, June 8. The Goos will perform live on the outdoor stage. On Monday, June 18, The Goos will perform live on the "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS. Check local listing for details. The Goo Goo Dolls will perform different songs on each show so you won't want to miss these dates.

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Hank Williams Jr. to Be Honored as Next CMT 'Giant' in New Two-Hour Special 'CMT Giants' Taping October 25 in Los Angeles

CMT honors the extraordinary life and music of the legendary Hank Williams Jr. in the two hour special, CMT GIANTS: HANK WILLIAMS, JR, which will be taped before a live audience on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 22 at The tribute will feature live performances by superstars Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Buddy Guy, with more soon to be announced. Jimmy Kimmel and Terry Bradshaw are slated to present. CMT GIANTS: HANK WILLIAMS, JR will premiere on CMT on Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

Hank Jr. has long been the voice of the common man, serving up observations on life and society that have made his fans listen intently and respond with a rousing "Hell Yeah!" as he puts words and music to their thoughts, hopes and everyday life. Nicknamed "Bocephus" by his famous father, he was only three when his father died in 1952.

Eight years later his mother was coaxing him on stage to sing his daddy's songs, urging him to continue the legacy. He made his debut on the Opry at 11 and by the time he was 14 he was in the studio recording his debut album. His rendition of "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" became a hit and all eyes were on the artist, constantly looking for shades of his father's genius.

What followed in the years since has been a whirlwind ride during which the younger Williams successfully emerged from his famous father's shadow, forging a career of his own. He managed to create music that resonated with the same gut-wrenching emotion that marked his father's best work, yet beyond that he left little room for comparison as he blazed a trail with such classic hits as "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," "All My Rowdy Friends," "Old Habits," "A Country Boy Can Survive," and "Born to Boogie."

The CMT GIANTS franchise began last year when Reba McEntire was honored for her stellar career by such stars as Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Megan Mullally, Wynonna and Dolly Parton, each of whom paid tribute to Reba by lending their voices to her biggest hits.

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Orlando, Fla., July 9, 2008 – Calling all Guitar Hero ® fans! Hard Rock International has teamed up with SPIN Magazine and rock legends Aerosmith® for a national competition featuring the newest release in the best-selling video Guitar Hero game franchise, Guitar Hero ®: Aerosmith ®. The national tour – Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Rocks the Hard Rock – will visit 16 Hard Rock Cafes this summer to search for the best of the best axe shredders.

Beginning in July, select Hard Rock Cafe locations across the United States will host a series of competitions where local Guitar Hero: Aerosmith fans can compete in their favorite game and have the opportunity to win a trip to Boston to compete for the Grand Prize – a custom Red Wing Guitar Hero: Aerosmith / Hard Rock Cafe motorcycle designed by Steven Tyler.

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Hendrix and Woodstock: 10 Little Known Facts about the Performance That Defined the '60s

It was forty years ago, on Aug. 18, 1969 when the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix had stepped onto the stage at the Woodstock, N.Y., Music Festival.

During that historic concert, Hendrix embarked upon an uninterrupted set lasting nearly two hours--one of the longest performances of his career. It concluded with a long medley that included the solo performance of the Star Spangled Banner that would become emblematic not only of Woodstock, but of the 1960s themselves.

When most people think of Hendrix and Woodstock, it is that performance of the national anthem that comes to mind. But to Joel Brattin, professor of literature at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), who has made an extensive study of the life and music of Hendrix, the Woodstock performance was a fascinating and telling moment in an all-too-brief career, one that was in a state of transition in the summer of '69. Brattin, who is also a noted authority on Victorian author Charles Dickens, says there are 10 elements of that performance that make it unique and historic.

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Kick-Off National Tour March 21

Music icon Herb Alpert will embark on a rare tour together this spring with wife, singer, Lani Hall, performing an intimate night of American and Brasilian jazz accompanied by a trio of masterful musicians: Bill Cantos (piano), Michael Shapiro (drums) and Hussain Jiffrey (bass).

Playing original arrangements, from a selection of American standards and Brasilian music, Alpert's warm, expressive trumpet lines compliment Hall's sensual, emotional voice, making this a unique and unforgettable evening for all.

The tour kicks off with sold-out shows in San Diego, CA with shows March 21 & 22 at premiere live music venue and supper club Anthology; and, then April 3-4 in Los Angeles at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Eastern seaboard dates begin May 7 with a four-night run at New York City's famed East Village venue Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. The itinerary also includes shows at Washington DC's Blue's Alley (May 12-13) and Boston, MA's Scullers Jazz Club (May 15) before returning to the west coast for shows on May 20-21 at Seattle, WA's Jazz Alley. Also on the calendar are Northern California dates at the Napa Valley Opera House (May 23) and Yoshi's in San Francisco on May 24-25.

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Hornitos Premium Tequila Mariachi Mash Up Winners

Hornitos™ Premium Tequila Names Jon Sandler and The Fancy Band Winners of First Ever National 'Mariachi Mash Up' Competition.

Well-Known Brooklyn Band to Receive "Backbeat" Exposure in Billboard Magazine plus $10,000 for Mariachi-Style Cover of "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John.

Hornitos™ Premium Tequila is proud to announce Jon Sandler and The Fancy Band as the winners of the first ever national "Mariachi Mash Up" competition. Jon Sandler and The Fancy Band, based in Brooklyn, New York, went Horns Up!™ in their mariachi cover of "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John. In addition to receiving a $10,000 cash prize, Jon Sandler and The Fancy Band will also be featured in the coveted "Backbeat" section of Billboard magazine.

From April 25th through May 30th, 2011 Hornitos™ Premium Tequila gave up-and-coming bands a chance at stardom via the Hornitos™ Tequila Mariachi Mash Up competition. The national contest challenged musicians of all types and genres to create their own mariachi-inspired mash up to celebrate the official kick-off to tequila season.

Hosted on the Hornitos' official Facebook page, the Mariachi Mash Up competition encouraged bands to submit a three minute video incorporating traditional mariachi elements (trumpets, violins or even guitarrons) into a well-known song in order to create a memorable musical mix-up. Entrants were evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges, including Billboard Editor Tye Comer and a tequila expert from Hornitos.

"The Hornitos Mariachi Mash Up competition was the perfect way to kick off tequila season this year," says Amy Weisenbach, Senior Director of Tequila, Beam Global Spirits & Wine. "We're so impressed by the creativity of all the bands who participated in the Mash Up and their enthusiasm to go 'Horns Up' and embrace the spirit of tequila."

Jon Sandler and The Fancy Band eventually won over the judging panel with their use of Spanish lyrics, trumpets, maracas and even sombreros in their spiced up rendition of the indie favorite "Young Folks." Jon Sandler recently released an EP titled "The Fancy Band", signed with super duper records, have opened for several influential musicians, and in October played two official CMJ showcases in NYC. The band consists of Jon Sandler (lead vocals and guitar), Sam Merrick (drums), Chris Kelly (bass) and Dominic Fallacaro (piano).

"We chose Jon Sandler and The Fancy Band due to their unique take on the hit song, 'Young Folks.' They truly embodied the essence of this competition, combining popular music with traditional mariachi musicality. The band's incorporation of Spanish lyrics and horns brought the song to life in a fitting and festive way," said Billboard Editor Tye Comer.

"Combining our love of music, Cinco de Mayo and Hornitos Tequila, we knew we had to be a part of this competition when we first heard about it. We couldn't be more excited to be recognized by Hornitos and Billboard magazine," said lead singer Jon Sandler.

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Ice Cube Collects His Best Film and Soundtrack Recordings for New Capitol/Priority Release: Ice Cube: In The Movies New CD

During the course of Ice Cube's legendary music and film career, many of his recordings have been featured in major films and soundtracks, including his blockbuster Friday and Barbershop franchises, Boyz N The Hood, Scary Movie 2, Higher Learning, The Player's Club and Bulworth. Ice Cube has compiled and sequenced a new collection of his best music for the silver screen, Ice Cube: In the Movies, to be released September 4 by Capitol/Priority.

Among the CD's 16 standout tracks are collaborations with Dr. Dre, Ice-T and Paul Oakenfold, and an out-of-print song that is exclusively available on this release, "Maniac In The Brainiac" (with Mack 10) from Bulworth.

In the late 1980s, Ice Cube began his career as a member of Compton, California's pioneering, critically acclaimed and notorious gangsta rap group, N.W.A. On his first solo album, 1990's platinum-certified AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Ice Cube's razor-sharp sociopolitical and cultural missives from the streets went beyond N.W.A's gangbanging braggadocio, and he dismissed bi-coastal rap rivalries to collaborate with New York's hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy. Rolling Stone awarded the album its highest 5-star rating, the album's title track topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, and the album peaked at #6 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

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IMAX Release of Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones Concert Film Coming September 21, 2007

Legendary Rock Band, Academy Award-winning Director and World's Most Powerful Cinematic Format Join Forces in "Shine A Light: The IMAX Experience" IMAX Corporation, Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Concert Productions International today announced that the highly anticipated Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, will be released to IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's wide release on September 21, 2007.

Shine A Light will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-Mastering) technology.

"I am very pleased that audiences will have the opportunity to experience Shine A Light in IMAX. The larger-than-life images and sound of an IMAX theatre will only enhance the experience of giving viewers the best seat in the house to watch the Rolling Stones perform," said Mr. Scorsese.

"IMAX is all about immersing an audience in sight and sound - placing moviegoers in the middle of an experience - and in Mr. Scorsese's Shine A Light: The IMAX Experience, audiences will feel as if they are literally in the front row at the concert," said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "We expect the energy from the IMAX release of Shine A Light to entertain and inspire in a truly immersive and unique way."

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Interview with country music artist Sharmian

By Christian Lamitschka

This is Christian's exclusive interview with country music artist Sharmian.

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who'se never seen or heard you before.

S.: Country with soulful Tones, with heart felt country words. when I write my songs, that describe how I feel at the time. How the words are written, depicks how I choose a melody for the song. My soul just knows how its should be. And thats why I say my music is Country with Soulful Tones

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

S.: I finished promoting my last two singles called I DRANK MYSELF TO BED and HURRICANE, and as you know the Germany Country Airplay Charts gave me a #13 and Im so happy for that and thankful, I just started geering up to promote my new single called MY LAST REGRET......My highlights were walking the Red Carpets at the ACM’s , Fan Fair and visiting with my fans going to Hollywood for High Profile Events and Red Carpets, my favorite Red Carpet event in Hollywood was the Sally Fields Red Carpet at Paramount Studios you can see that at my website just to name a few.

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the upcoming CD, is there a story behind it?

S.: When It comes time to release my CD it will be self titled SHARMIAN, and Yes there is a story of why its just called my name. My Record Co is Sharmian’s Records and my Motto is If You Want Something Done You Have To Do It Yourself, after my late Huband Estill Sowards past away whom was my manager and he founded the Country Music stars John Michael Montgomery and his brother Montgomery/Gentry, well I learned real fast that no one was going to help me like him and I had to do it all myself, so I took the money he left me and Invested it in my music, I had to produce it, write it, sing it, had to learn to manage myself and people that I contract out and Promote and get it on Radio, and thru it all when it was only me holding things together and others that i thought were my friends fell to the way side, I knew to never let myself down and never quit............cause its just me, myself and I, and when it comes down to it, I know I CAN count on me. Thats why the title of my CD is appropietly named my name SHARMIAN!

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

S.: Yes I write most of all my songs, not saying that later I wont use someone elses song, its just right now its a liability problem for me that I cant afford the time or the effort if a problem should arise, that will hold me back and again leaving me to say to myself, if you want something done you have to do it yourself, I know I wont give me any problems lol

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

S.: the songs that are available right now I can tell you about, I already shared about MY LAST REGRET in one of the questions, but to make it short and to the point about HURRICANE and I DRANK MYSELF TO BED is, both songs were written about the same guy and the songs tell the rest of the story...........I got rid of him fast

Ch.L.: Sharmian, your current single is being played by radio. What do you think is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

S.: This song MY LAST REGRET hits the core of anyones soul that has ever had a regret, Because, its about moving forward, and learning from your regrets, not letting them continue, because if we learn from our mistakes that turn into regrets, thats all that matters, I did a Show in the same Jail that Johnny Cash sang in, and the girls just cryed there eyes they have some regrets, and if you can jerk a tear out of a hard women in jail, then the song is a HIT.

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Iron Maiden Announce Full Details of Live After Death DVD and 2008 Concert Tour

Finally available on DVD for the first time, New Door Records/UMe are proud to announce the eagerly awaited release of the Double Disc DVD of "LIVE AFTER DEATH," the legendary recording of Maiden's four-night stand at Long Beach Arena, California, in 1984.

In stores now, the release coincides with the start of the band's "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour," on which they will recreate many of the aspects of this original and spectacular show.

Disc one contains the recording of this full 90-minute concert. Originally filmed on 35mm, the footage comes alive on DVD resulting in a visually stunning film that far outstrips the usual live video of the '80s. The disc carries two sound options -- the original concert audio specially mixed into 5.1 Surround Sound by Kevin Shirley, Maiden's producer since 1999, plus the original stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band's producer from 1981 to 1993. Originally released on video in 1985, this has been largely unavailable for the past 20 years.

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iTunes Music Store Downloads Surpass 300 Million

'Across the Universe' Hits the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart

Apple(R) announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 300 million songs from the iTunes(R) Music Store. Additionally, the benefit single "Across the Universe," available exclusively on the iTunes Music Store, debuted as number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart making it the most successful exclusive digital track ever in its first week of release.

"We're honored to offer "Across the Universe" exclusively on the iTunes Music Store with all proceeds going to tsunami survivors and their families," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Applications.

The iTunes Music Store features more than one million songs and continues to add great music in all categories, including this week's addition of classic live recordings from the Grateful Dead -- the two-track "Dick's Picks" series and the multi-track "Vault" series -- and an exclusive version of Jack Johnson's new album "In Between Dreams" which includes a digital booklet.

With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod(R) and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac(R) and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. The iTunes Music Store features more than one million songs from the major music companies and 600 independent record labels, over 9,000 audiobooks, gift certificates and exclusive music not found anywhere else online.

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

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

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iTunes Store Now Tops Over Five Billion Songs Sold

Apple announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded over five billion songs from the iTunes(R) Store ( iTunes is the number one music retailer in the US* and features the largest music catalog with over eight million songs. Also, iTunes customers are now renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies every day, making iTunes the world's most popular online movie store.

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Jackson Browne and David Lindley on US and UK 2010 Tour

The 2010 concert tour with singer-songwriters Jackson Browne and David Lindley begin this summer. The Jackson Browne with David Lindley Tour follows the May 11, 200 release of "Love Is Strange" (Inside Recordings), a 2-CD live set of tour through Spain that Browne and Lindley did in 2006. Both Jackson Browne and David Lindley have a musical association that goes back almost 40 years.

U.K. concert tour dates start on June 3rd is Bristol through July 2 in Liverpool.

U.S. concert dates run from July 18 n California through September 2010.

Jackson Browne's band of almost 20 years will join the concert tour. Kevin McCormick (bass), Mark Goldenberg (guitars), Mauricio Lewak (drums) and Jeff Young (keyboards, backing vocals) will all accompany Browne.

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James Cotton New CD September 28th

Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master James "Mr. Superharp" Cotton returns to Alligator Records with the new CD, Giant, set for a September 28, 2010 release. Giant is a ferocious blast of brash power blues from Cotton, one of the few bluesmen to have harmonicas literally explode from the pure force of his playing. Cotton, who in 2010 celebrates his 66th year as a professional musician (starting at the age of nine), has recorded 28 solo albums, including two highly-regarded releases for Alligator in the 1980s and the famed Harp Attack! with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch in 1990. The New York Daily News calls Cotton "the greatest living blues harmonica player." The New York Times adds, "Cotton helped define modern blues harmonica with his moaning, wrenching phrases and his train-whistle wails." Rolling Stone says Cotton is "among the greats of all time. He blazes on harp with remarkable and brilliant virtuosity." Recorded by Stuart Sullivan at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas, Giant features 12 tracks, including four new Cotton originals and co-writes, alongside songs made famous by Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Ivory Joe Hunter and others.

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Janet Jackson Announces 2008 Rock Witchu Concert Tour

Janet Jackson, who has undeniably influenced pop culture with over a 100 million album sold, countless hit singles, awards and accolades, announced the launch of her Rock Witchu tour on the Ellen DeGeneres Monday. This is Jackson's first tour in over seven years and is expected to feature the hit songs and innovative dance routines that have made her one of the most celebrated artists in history.

The Live Nation produced tour kicking off in Vancouver, BC on September 10th, will feature dates in DC, New Jersey, Montreal, and Toronto to name a few and is expected to hit major markets as it travels across the country. Tickets go on sale for the first shows beginning Saturday, June 7th, and are available at Confirmed dates are listed below with more dates to be announced shortly.

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Jay-Z Inspired Hip-Hop Musical, 'CONFESSIONS OF A THUG,' Hits the Streets! - Featured on Cover of Billboard

The new award-winning, highly anticipated hip-hop musical "Confessions Of A Thug," starring Daron Fordham and featured on the cover of the current (March 31st through April 6th) edition of Billboard Magazine, has been released on DVD in the U.S. domestically by Polychrome Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Home Video.

"Confessions Of A Thug" is a groundbreaking, hip-hop musical chronicling the life of a college-educated street hustler, who explores the path his life has taken. In addition to directing, Daron Fordham (Black Spring Break I & II) starred in and also wrote the picture. In an interview, Fordham said that he was "inspired by the entrepreneurial example of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z to make the picture."

The movie is a cutting-edge urban crime drama, with an outstanding soundtrack of original music, presented with a fresh, new approach to the genre. The movie also includes performances by multi-platinum rap artists J. T. Money and The Lady of Rage.

"This film is a morality tale. You reap what you sow. We wanted to portray that in a non-traditional way and raise the bar artistically on what an urban film can be and look like," says Fordham. By merging hard-hitting rap performances with dramatic filmmaking and edgy photography, Fordham gives his audiences the best of both worlds. "'Confessions' is a movie for the young urban crowd and the art crowd," says Fordham. Among other honors, the movie gained the award for Best Director at this year's 2007 San Diego Black Film Festival.

Raymond Forchion, producer of "Confessions," couldn't agree more: "We've created a product that transcends the borders often set for this type of movie. The musical numbers alone elevate this picture and give it a whole new level of excitement. The soundtrack album includes eleven original hot tracks from the movie that have created a buzz on the underground and club circuits."

The March 31st edition of Billboard is on newsstands now. In addition to the cover spot there is also an article about the picture.

Starting with Birmingham, Alabama, Director/Star Daron Fordham, Producer Raymond Forchion and other stars from the picture will be touring several U.S. cities and visiting various retail outlets in the coming weeks to promote the PolychromePictures/Warner Brothers release.

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Jazz bassist Christian Fabian pushes his Zone Trio band to perform with "Positive Energy" on new CD

Jazz bassist Christian Fabian uses recordings with his Fabian Zone Trio (sometimes augmented with horn players) as an opportunity to bring together different musicians on each project and to give them full improvisational freedom while pushing for the spirit of positive energy throughout the session.  The result, as evidenced on his new Keys in Ascension album, is some of the best modern mainstream jazz, rooted in be-bop traditions, and also displaying elements of progressive soloing and rhythms.

On national airplay charts, Keys in Ascension has already reached #1 on Music Choice, Top 10 on Jazz Radio for Canada and Top 20 on Jazz Week.

“I named the group Fabian Zone Trio to identify a territory as a bandleader,” Fabian explains.  “But I try to give total freedom within the ‘zone.’  It is not so much about me, but more of an opportunity for great musicians to come together to try new things, stretch boundaries and create music that has never been made before.  Only by being totally open to the moment can you hope to make something innovative and special in jazz.”

Fabian’s music can be purchased at CAP Records’ website (, at various online stores such as or, and at digital download sites such as  More information about Fabian is available at

The Fabian Zone Trio (the line-up changes from recording to recording, and tour to tour) is currently acoustic bassist Christian Fabian (Lionel Hampton, Mike Longo, Gary Burton, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Al Gray, David Sanchez, John Stowell), acoustic pianist Don Friedman (Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman, Dexter Gordon, Clark Terry, Herbie Mann) and drummer Willard Dyson (Joe Sample, Charlie Hunter, Regina Belle, Grady Tate, Cassandra Wilson).  They play as a trio on five of the 13 tunes, and on the rest receive support from one, two or four horn players.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to Co-Headline Tour

Superstars JENNIFER LOPEZ and MARC ANTHONY will co-headline their first tour together this fall. It is a mega-wattage match-up of some of the most exciting music in the world, and Lopez's first concert tour ever! The multi city tour of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico kicks off September 29 in Atlantic City, and is produced by Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) and sponsored by ING, a global financial services company and the tour's presenting sponsor.

Actors, singers, producer, entrepreneurs, songwriters, multi-platinum recording artists and philanthropists: There aren't enough adjectives to describe the accomplishments of Lopez and Anthony. The star power and performing prowess they bring to the stage is unequaled. During the tour, Lopez and Anthony will perform separate sets of their own material and will perform together as well. Each set will include songs in English and Spanish.

$1.00 from every ticket sold on JENNIFER & MARC EN CONCIERTO will benefit the ING Run For Something Better, a kids' fitness program created by ING that aims to reduce childhood obesity by introducing kids to the benefits of running, physical fitness, and healthy lifestyle choices. NALEO (The National Association of Elected and Appointed Latino Officials), and ING's charitable partner for the multi-city tour, will direct the funds into schools with high Latino enrollment.

Jennifer Lopez has sold more than 17 million records worldwide and two of her albums, ON THE 6 (1996) and 2001's J.LO debuted at #l on the Billboard charts. She just released her first Spanish language album, COMO AMA UNA MUJER, her sixth album to date, which nailed the #1 spot on the Billboard Latin Chart and #l0 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart its first week out. The video for her first single, "Que Hiciste", written and co-produced by Anthony, has been in the MTV TRL countdown for weeks. Lopez has starred in an array of box office hits including MONSTER-IN-LAW, THE WEDDING PLANNER and SELENA, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She stars in EL CANTANTE with Anthony and BORDERTOWN with Antonio Banderas. Both films were produced through Nuyorican, her production company.

New York-born Marc Anthony is the top selling salsa artist of all time, having sold more than ten million albums worldwide. He has won three Latin Grammys, one Grammy and is the top Premio lo Nuestro winner in history, with l6 awards. His live shows are astounding; the New York Times wrote that he "can compete with the greatest pop singers of the 20th century" with "absolute command of the music and the arena." He has managed to balance his music career with a thriving acting career, delivering critically acclaimed performances on Broadway and in film. He is currently starring in EL CANTANTE, a film inspired by the life of Hector Lavoe.

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Jonas Brothers Announce 2009 Tour Schedule

The upcoming Jonas Brothers World Concert Tour schedule has been announced with tour dates through the U.S. and Canada.

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Pop rock music sensations, the Jonas Brothers, wrapped up their "The Burning Up Tour."

Taking their music and touring to the next level for their ever-growing fan base, the Jonas Brothers promise to bring their most exciting production yet to the stage this summer.

"The Burning Up Tour" kicks off in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheatre on July 4 and will see the band once again performing across America, headlining amphitheaters for the very first time.

"We've had an awesome time touring and having an opportunity to see so many of our fans," said the Jonas Brothers. "Every time we play, we learn so much and grow both as artists and a band. We really can't wait to get back on the road this summer." The Burning Up Tour is produced by Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) .

Jonas Brothers also announced the launch of their official fan club -- Team Jonas.

Jonas Brothers world concert tour dates and schedule

The Jonas Brothers, Grammy nominated and platinum-selling recording artists, announced the dates and cities for upcoming new "The Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009."

The concert tour, which will take the band to three continents, will feature new music taken from the June 15, 2009 worldwide release of their upcoming Hollywood Records album. "The Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009," presented by Burger King(R), kicks off in Dallas at New Cowboys Stadium on June 20, 2009 and will take the band throughout the United States and Canada.

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Jonas Brothrs new CD "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" release on June 16: single pre-release May 8

The Jonas Brothers' new CD album called "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2009 worldwide. On May 8, the music group will release for sale the CD's first single, "Paranoid."

The new single song from the Jonas Brothers, "Paranoid" will begin broadcast on the radio and online worldwide. Verizon will provide ring tones.

The single is available for downloading on iTunes starting May 12, 2009. The video for "Paranoid" will be directed by The Malloy.

The upcoming release of "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" is tied to the "Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009" on June 20 in Dallas, Texas.

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Josh Groban's AWAKE Concert Tour Returns to U.S

Multi-platinum singer Josh Groban will be heading back to the U.S. in July to continue part two of his hugely successful AWAKE Tour, it was confirmed today by Reprise Records.

Groban, who has been performing all over Europe and Australia in conjunction with his worldwide hit album "AWAKE" (currently No. 12 in the UK), will be resuming his performances in the States beginning July 17 in Greenville, SC.

The AWAKE Tour's first leg has played in over 25 American cities to over a million and a half rabid fans. "He's a crooner with the power to knock the arena senseless," raved the NY Times about his Madison Square Garden appearance.

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Josh Johnson's new solo CD

Irish musician Josh Johnston likes to play piano at night in the dark.  Much of the material on his new solo piano album, The Shape of Things, was either recorded with the lights out, or experimented with earlier sans lighting.  “It is just the best way for me to be creative and let the music break free unobstructed,” explains Johnston.

-“I actually play much better in the dark.  It takes more concentration and there are absolutely no distractions.  I feel like I am in a meditative trance.  I am totally communing with the music.  I also find it very relaxing.  The perfect method for me is to take a theme I have established and then get as creative as possible improvising around it.”

“The title of the album, The Shape of Things, is just me saying let’s look at all the things that matter -- ourselves, our relationships with other people, and the world at large.  I feel the world is in a new and strange place right now, and everyone is a bit confused as to what is going on with politics, the economy, the environment, the future, you name it.  So you may hear some sense of weariness and melancholy in this music, but I believe you will find it to be relaxing and uplifting as well.  I hope it serves as a tonic for tough times.”

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Justin Timberlake to Star With Mike Myers in 'The Love Guru' in Theaters June 20, 2008

Timberlake Joins All-Star Cast Including Jessica Alba, Romany Malco and Verne Troyer in Comedy That Begins Shooting This September in Toronto Justin Timberlake is the latest star to join the cast of the new Mike Myers' comedy "The Love Guru" in which he essays his first original character since Austin Powers. The Paramount Pictures production is co-financed by Spgylass Entertainment and will be distributed by Paramount worldwide. Timberlake who was part of the voice ensemble led by Myers in the blockbuster summer hit "Shrek the Third" will play Jacques Grande, a professional hockey player in "The Love Guru," alongside the previously announced Jessica Alba, Romany Malco and Verne Troyer.

Recently, in addition to recording a multi-platinum album "FutureSex/LoveSounds," which produced four consecutive #1 singles, and launching a highly lauded "FutureSex/LoveShow," the winner of multiple Grammy Awards appeared in three other films in 2007.

Earlier this year, he earned rave reviews for Universal's crime drama "Alpha Dog" co-starring Emile Hirsh, Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone. He also starred in Paramount Vantage's "Black Snake Moan," Craig Brewer's follow-up to his Sundance hit "Hustle and Flow," alongside Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and opened in late February. Later in the year, Timberlake will join the ensemble cast of Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mandy Moore in "Southland Tales" from Richard Kelly, the director of the cult hit "Donnie Darko."

Timberlake has hosted two memorable episodes of "Saturday Night Live." The skit "D*** in a Box," in which he appeared with Andy Samberg, received an Emmy nomination this year. HBO will air the "FutureSex/LoveShow" on Labor Day, September 3, 2007.

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Justin Timberlake's New CD ''Summer Love' #1 Song at Radio in the U.S.

First Artist in Nielsen Top 40 History to Chart Four #1 Hits From One Album

Global Roll Out of 'LoveStoned/I Think She Knows' Video Kicks off June 13

Good Charlotte Announced as Opening Act for 2nd U.S. Leg

Jive Records' recording artist Justin Timberlake returns to familiar territory with "Summer Love" the #1 song in the U.S. radio charts. The multi-Grammy winning artist/musician continues to break chart records with his fourth consecutive #1 hit from his critically lauded sophomore effort FutureSex/LoveSounds.

"Summer Love" is Timberlake's fourth #1 song at Top 40 Radio in the U.S. where he has become the first male artist in the 14-year history of the Nielsen BDS CHR/Top 40 to garner four straight Top 40 #1 hits from a single album. According to Radio & Records, a top music industry trade publication, "Timberlake also becomes the first male lead artist with four straight No. 1s ... [And] He also ties the mark for most No. 1s this decade with five ... ." "Summer Love" follows in the footsteps of his worldwide hits "My Love" featuring T.I., "Sexyback" featuring Timbaland and "What Goes Around ... Comes Around."

In keeping with the worldwide demand for Justin Timberlake, the video for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" begins its international launch on June 13th at 12:01 AM EST. The video with a special introduction by Justin will kick-off on Yahoo! and they will have exclusive on-line rights in the U.S. and select international markets.

The following week MTV will join in and air the video as a TRL 1st Look on June 18th. "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" was directed by Robert Hales, who has gained acclaim for directing videos for Gnarls Barkley and Jet, and the digital effects were produced by utilizing a never- before used program to develop the cutting-edge look of the graphics in the video.

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Kelly Clarkson Announces Summer Concert Tour Dates;

Kelly Clarkson Announces Summer Concert Tour Dates;

Grammy Winning, Multi-Platinum Artist Kicks Off Tour

With Live Earth Show in July, Continues on Through September

LOS ANGELES – The young woman who came from Burleson, Texas and went on to sell over 15 million records, win Grammys, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP Awards, and a People’s Choice Award is back!

Bringing her bold new material to the airwaves (her new single, “Never Again” is currently #1 most added for the second week in a row at Top 40 Radio and Hot AC Radio), and her live show to over 35 cities across the U.S. and Canada, Kelly Clarkson is launching an entirely new phase of an already spectacular career. After having co-written many of her greatest hits on her previous albums, (“Because of You,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Walk Away,” and others) Kelly is now unleashing 13 new songs, all of which she wrote or cowrote. Her third album, “My December” is slated for a summer release from RCA Records.

“This will be the biggest tour I’ve ever done,” said Kelly. “It’s all about the music - we’re bringing extra musicians and we’ll be making an arena environment intimate because I want the fans to be part of the show! And you’ll hear all your favorite hits too!!”

The tour kicks off with the historic Live Earth Show on 7/7/07 at Giants Stadium. From there Kelly flies to the Pacific Northwest and starts the trek across the U.S. and Canada, a tour which will take her two and a half months, and over 35 cities, to complete. Tickets for the “My December” tour go on sale on May 12th everywhere. Complete tour dates below.

KELLY CLARKSON – Dates and Cities

7/7 - Live Earth SOS Concert at Giants Stadium - E Rutherford, NJ

7/11 - Portland, OR

7/13 - Seattle, WA

7/15 - Sacramento, CA

7/17 - San Jose, CA

7/19 - Anaheim, CA

7/21 - Denver, CO

7/22 - Kansas City, MO

7/25 - Minneapolis, MN

7/27 - St. Louis, MO

7/29 - Chicago, IL

7/31 - Detroit, MI

8/2 - Toronto, ON

8/4 - Boston, MA

8/5 - Albany, NY

8/12 - Uncasville, CT

8/14 - Cleveland, OH

8/16 - Philadelphia, PA

8/18 - Nassau, NY

8/19 - Washington DC

8/22 - East Rutherford, NJ

8/24 - East Rutherford, NJ

8/26 - Nashville, TN

8/28 - Atlanta, GA

8/30 - Ft Lauderdale, FL

9/1 - Orlando, FL

9/2 - Tampa, FL

9/5 - Dallas, TX

9/7 - Houston, TX

9/9 - Las Vegas

9/13 - Calgary, AB

9/14 - Edmonton, AB

9/16 - Vancouver, BC

9/19 - Fresno, CA

9/21 - San Diego, CA

9/23 - Phoenix, AZ

9/26 - Los Angeles, CA

9/28 - Las Vegas, NV

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Kelly Clarkson' My December Debuts #2 on Album Chart

RCA Records/19 Recording artist Kelly Clarkson's My December sold over 291,000 albums in its first week, according to SoundScan, besting the singer-songwriter's previous album, Breakaway, which racked up 250k albums upon its debut on the way to more than 6 million sold in the U.S. alone.

A new single, "Sober," has just gone to radio, following "Never Again," which sold more than 600,000 digital downloads prior to the album's release.

Clarkson's My December debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 200, just behind the Hannah Montana soundtrack. Sales at online retailers soared, particularly at iTunes.

Clarkson co-wrote the material on the new album, her most personal to date, which has been receiving positive critical acclaim from various reviewers, including L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Blender, etc.

Aggressive, multi-tiered retail and visibility campaigns were mounted to support the release of the album at major chains nationwide.

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Kelly Clarkson's New CD "My December" Hits on July 24, 2007

Grammy Winner's Third Album Already Yields Top 10 Hit Single, 'Never Again'

RCA Records recording artist Kelly Clarkson is back and raring to rock. My December, her third album, the follow-up to 2004's Breakaway, which sold 6 million in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide, will be released on July 24.

The first single from the album, "Never Again," has already climbed into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 following in the footsteps of such #1 hits as "Since U Been Gone," "Breakaway," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," "Because of You" and "Walk Away."

Produced by Grammy winner David Kahne [The Strokes, Bangles, Sugar Ray, Sublime, Paul McCartney], My December is Clarkson's most personal album yet, all of which she's either written or co-written. The Los Angeles Times Ann Powers calls My December "a 21st century idea of hard rock, incorporating loops and other studio effects to find a middle ground between the raw and the cooked." L.A. punk legend and bassist Mike Watt, currently playing with Iggy and the Stooges, appears on three songs, while Clarkson's other touring band members, Jason Halbert and Jimmy Messer, also contributed.

Whether it's the funky new wave of "One Minute," the startlingly confessional "Sober," the meditative, soulful Christine McVie-style strains of "Be Still," the bluesy Joplinesque twang of the cheeky, kiss-off song, "Chivas," the blues hard-rock of "Hole" or the full-throttle Pat Benatar howl of "Haunting," My December shows another side of Kelly Clarkson, who told the L.A. Times: "I'll always come out with a different record each time."

The Times' Powers raved: "Clarkson has the moxie to rock without worrying about what anybody else thinks ... Her gift is finding the source of vitality in absolute mainstream, people-pleasing pop, which by its nature breaks stylistic rules in favor of magpie mash-ups, bold appropriations and happy accidents."

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Kenny Chesney Wins Fourth Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2008 CMA Awards

CMA 2008 Award Winners Announced

"The 42nd Annual CMA Awards" spread the love around as Country Music's consistent hitmakers racked up Awards along with first-time winners.

George Strait's mantle got a little more crowded as he became the artist with the most CMA Awards in history, adding Single of the Year for "I Saw God Today" and Album of the Year for Troubadour, both co-produced by Strait and Tony Brown, to his tally.  With these two trophies and two additional for producing, Strait's 22 CMA Awards trophies eclipse Brooks & Dunn's previous record of 19 Awards.

"I love this album and I really appreciate everyone who bought it," the humble Strait said after accepting his second Award of the night. "Everyone says they've got the greatest fans.  Well, I really got the greatest fans."

One of Country's best showmen Kenny Chesney picked up his fourth Entertainer of the Year Award, tying Garth Brooks' record for the most wins in the category.

"As much as tonight is about Awards I really believe that being able to stand up here is more about great songs; it's more about the fans," Chesney said. "This is my fourth time standing up here and I am really humbled."

Earlier in the broadcast, Chesney brought out reggae group The Wailers to perform an island-flavored medley that combined Chesney's "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and Bob Marley's classic "Three Little Birds."

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood co-hosted the gala event live on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Downtown Nashville. Paisley remarked that he and Underwood "both grew up watching the CMA's each and every year," with Underwood joking, "We're new at this job so they can kick us out at any minute."

But it turns out that "Country Music's Biggest Night" was very good to its hosts.

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2007 Line-Up Via the First Virtual Press Conference on

Korn and Evanescence to Co-Headline This Year's Family Values Tour

The Line-Up Will Include Atreyu, Flyleaf, HELLYEAH and Trivium; Additional Bands and Surprises to Be Announced

Tour Kicks Off on July 20, 2007

One of the greatest brands in summer rock festivals is back! Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning hard rock bands KORN and EVANESCENCE will co-headline the best and most distinctive FAMILY VALUES TOUR line-up yet.

Co-headliners KORN and EVANESCENCE are proud to be sharing the traveling festival's main stage with Atreyu, Flyleaf, HELLYEAH (featuring members of Pantera and Mudvayne), and Trivium.

In another first for Korn, the official announcement was first made last night direct to fans on on the world's first Virtual Press Conference. Fans got the inside tour lineup information directly from the artists, as they went online to interact with computer generated avatars of the members of Korn, and members of Atreyu, along with Vinnie Paul from HELLYEAH in a virtual world made and provided by MTV. The tour launches on July 20 in St. Louis, MO. Concert producer Live Nation will once again be on board to bring fans the multi-city trek through North America and, for the second year in a row, the cheapest lawn ticket of the summer. Additional bands and details will be announced shortly.

KORN, along with management company The Firm created and headlined THE FAMILY VALUES TOUR in 1998 and last year's outing catapulted the festival back into the spotlight of summer tours with fans turning out in record numbers (over 400,000 tickets sold) for the hard hitting line-up and the fan friendly ticket prices. KORN was voted "Best Live Band" of 2006 by the readers of "Revolver" Magazine and THE FAMILY VALUES TOUR re-established itself as a summer mainstay for rock fans for years to come.

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Larry Carlton Grammy Nomination

At the 2011 Grammy Nominations Ceremony, Larry Carlton’s collaboration album with Tak Matsumoto, "Take Your Pick" (released by 335 Records), received a nomination for the Best Pop Instrumental Album (a category Larry Carlton is familiar with, as his “Greatest Hits” was nominated in 2008). This nomination marks Larry’s nineteenth (which included his three previous Grammy wins), and it is Tak’s first.

“Not only is the record label humbled, but both guitarists (Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto) are extremely honored to be part of such a prestigious event,” says Robert Williams, CEO of 335 Records, Inc.

"Take Your Pick" is no stranger to praise. Considered "one of the most significant collaborations of contemporary guitar of all time," "Take Your Pick" has acquired numerous positive reviews, shot up the smooth jazz charts to #3, and has sold thousands of copies since its release last summer. The first single from “Take Your Pick,” “Tokyo Night,” debuted on Japan’s charts at #2. The album also just won the award for Best Contemporary Jazz album of the year in Japan.

About Larry Carlton:

Larry Carlton, half of the collaborative efforts on "Take Your Pick," could be considered a good luck charm, although one cannot support a forty year career of consistent success with mere luck. Larry’s incredible talent and skill has attracted the likes of artists from every genre, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Paul Anka, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia and Dolly Parton. With 30 albums, television themes and film soundtracks to his credit, and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans four decades. As for the future, Larry doesn’t plan on losing any steam.

About Tak Matsumoto:

Championed in his homeland as the most renowned guitarist in all of Asia, Tak has a talent of creating songs with storytelling melodies, filled and full of Asian taste and beautiful scenery. He is equally revered as chief songwriter, guitarist and producer of the Japanese rock band, B'z. Counting a legacy of 16 albums, B'z truly means big business, having sold a combined 80 million units in Japan alone, not surprisingly making them Japan's best-selling band in history. In 1999 Tak was given his own Signature Model Les Paul by Gibson and was added to Gibson's signature artist club. He is the only guitarist from Asia to be added to the club.

Both guitarists have been previously honored with their own stars on the famous Hollywood RockWalk. Larry has much in store for 2011, and was recently invited to the Wave Awards on April 29th in Ontario Canada, in which Carlton will receive the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Lee Greenwood appointed to National Arts Council

Lee Greenwood, known for writing and performing the most recognized patriotic song of our time – “God Bless the U.S.A.” – will soon be garnering air miles to and from the nation’s capitol. Greenwood has accepted a Presidential appointment to the National Endowment for the Arts council and will serve a six-year term.

Appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate, the Nashville-based country singer is scheduled to be sworn in today, Nov. 17, as one of the 14 regular members of the National Council on the Arts. Council members advise the NEA chairman, and their portfolio includes reviewing and making recommendations on applications for grants from the $145-million-a-year federal agency.

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Les Paul Estate Goes up For Auction

Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity estate auction house and the Les Paul Foundation have partnered for an auction of extraordinary property and collection of guitars, equipment and musical artifacts from the legendary musician, engineer and inventor Les Paul. The auction event will take place on June 8-9, 2012 in honor of what would have been Paul’s 97th birthday. (June 9, 2012).

Les Paul, born Lester Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1915, was on his way to making his mark on the history of 20th Century music at an early age. He was born with an inquisitive streak that he described as, “…curiosity and I got a double dose of it. I’ve never stopped trying to figure out what makes things work or how to make things work better.” It was this curiosity that spurred his lifelong quest to find the perfect sound in his instruments, recordings and performances.

His efforts produced one of the first solid-body electric guitars, which went on to become one of the most widely played and recognized guitars in the world, the Gibson Les Paul. Paul not only revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar, but also the technology behind modern day sound recording. Les Paul pioneered innovative techniques with sound-on-sound recording and commissioned the first 8-track tape recorder, which would become the core technology behind multi-track recording still used today.

Paul was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his achievements in 2005 and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2006.

Paul has also been widely lauded for his contributions as a performer

and recording artist. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum honored Paul at an induction ceremony in 1988 giving him the title of the “Architect of Rock n’ Roll

The Grammy Hall of Fame inducted Les Paul and Mary Ford’s recording of “How High the Moon” in 1979. Paul was also honored with the Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements in 1983 and with a Special Merit Technical Grammy Award in 2001. Paul received three Grammy Awards for Best Country Instrumental, Chester And Lester in 1976, Best Rock Instrumental, 69 Freedom Special in 2005 and Best Pop Instrumental, Caravan, in 2005.

The sale will include equipment, memorabilia, personal effects and instruments that span the entirety of Paul’s career from his days as Rhubarb Red to his weekly Monday night shows at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.

Highlights of the Les Paul Estate auction include:

1968 Prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording Model (Est. $60,000 - $80,000). White flat top with Bigsby tail piece and note in Paul’s hand reading, “Reward this is the property of Les Paul A.K.A. Lester William Polfuss…Mahwah, New Jersey USA…” The guitar is featured on page 350 of his autobiography Les Paul In His Own Words.

1951 Fender Nocaster serial number 1751(Est. $40,000 - $60,000). Butterscotch with black pickguard, neck date “5-10-51 T.G.”, no body date, with original thermometer case. Guitar has replaced volume and one tone pot but originals are present. This guitar was personally gifted to Les Paul by Leo Fender who signed the back of the headstock “Leo Fender.” The guitar is uncharacteristically light weighing only 7.4 pounds.

1927 Gibson L-5 Sunburst Cremona serial number 87230 Pictured below left. (Est. $10,000 - $15,000) Hole drilled through the original pickguard, back re-finished, no original case. This is one of the two L-5s purchased by Les Paul, then going by the name Rhubarb Red, at Gibson in Kalamazoo Michigan with his friend and band mate Sunny Joe Wolverton in 1933. Paul discusses the trip and purchasing this guitar extensively in his autobiography. He later gave this guitar to a friend Dave Moran, who requested the guitar be returned to Paul upon his death.

1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (Est. $14,000 - $16,000) No serial number, Trapeze tailpiece, tuners have been changed to Grover’s, pat. Pending with original case. This is one of the very first Les Paul guitars produced. The back of the headstock is hand signed, “Les Paul.” The guitar is pictured on page 238 of Paul’s autobiography Les Paul In His Own Words.

Boss BCB-6 Pedal Effects In Case (Est. $3,000 - $5,000). Six Boss pedals including: chromatic tuner TU-2 white, super chorus ch-1 blue, digital delay DD3 silver, digital reverb/delay RV3 grey. The case also contains tools including a pair of Les Paul’s sunglasses and has all of his settings recorded on masking tape. This is the gigging case used by Les Paul during his weekly shows at both Fat Tuesdays and the Iridium Jazz Club for decades. 3 ½ by 25 by 11 inches

1955 Steinway & Sons Grand Model B in Ebony Est. $20,000 - $30,000) Steinway & Sons serial number 348128 (Case #K1304 3035) New York Music Room grand model B piano from Les Paul’s legendary main recording studio in his home in Mahwah, New Jersey, this is the only piano used for recordings made in the house. Steinway records indicate that the piano was completed on August 22, 1955 and delivered to the home of Les Paul and Mary Ford in New Jersey on August 25, 1955.

Early 1970s Ampex MM1000 (Est. $3,000 - $5,000) Sixteen track recording machine using two inch tape, with custom VSO, serial number 260, with AC cable and side block. Has been re-built in good condition. This was the first Ampex sixteen track machine and is one of the most sought after sixteen track machines to this day. This machine was used in the downstairs recording studio at Les Paul’s Mahwah, New Jersey home. 65 by 41 by 27 ½ inches

Late 1960s API Recording Mixing Console (Est. $40,000 - $60,000) Twenty eight by sixteen console believed to be one of the first few made with the desirable configuration of twenty eight mic line input channels and sixteen buss. Originally a twenty-channel mixer with an eight-channel side car added later, three 12 point patch bay main console and 144 patch bay on side car. Modules include: five – 558 EQs, one – 550 EQ, four – 553 EQs, 9 – Aengus 8 band EQs, one – old school audio mic pre 580 series size, two – 525 compressors, one – 575 oscillators, one – talk back module, four – 553 EQs, sixteen buss VU meters, and an elaborate master section with buss and cue system. The board is made by Automated Processes Inc. of Farmingdale New York, one of the most notable American made mixing consoles. Original masking tape label with channel identifications in Les Paul’s hand including, “channel 1 Les Guitar.” 45 by 99 1/8 by 35 ½ inches

Les Paul’s Touring Rig (Est. $5,000 - $7,000) Gibson LP1 guitar amplifier

pre-amp controller serial number 1038. A prototype designed by Les Paul featuring Plexiglass panel on front with “Les Paul” two channel amplifier with a normal and box switch, crossover switch, vibrola switch. Les Paul’s markings in red nail polish indicated his settings on the knobs and Plexiglass panel. Additional tape markings reading Les Paul Road 1 and #1 pre-amp among others. Single fifteen Altec Lansing speaker with high frequency horn, power amp and Paulverizer attachment built into the cabinet. Topped with a Nakimichi 700, three head cassette player which Paul used to play along with pre-recorded tracks. This was Paul’s long-time tour rig and is features on page 291 of his autobiography Les Paul In His Own Words. Sold together with a spare Nakamichi 700 and identical Altec Lansing single fifteen cabinet. Head 5 ½ by 21 by 15 Cabinet 24 by 24 by 15 inches

Auction Schedule:

June 8, 2012 - Session I at 10am PST and Session II at 2pm PST

June 9, 2012 - Session III at 10am PST and Session IV at 2pm PST

Registering to Bid. Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done either in person at the exhibitions and auction or by visiting before the sale or by calling (310) 836-1818.

Placing Bids: There are four ways to bid in this sale:

Bid through Julien's Auctions Online Live in Real Time at

Place bids in the room by attending the auction.

Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.

Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien's Auctions at (310) 836-1818 or online at our Register to Bid page.

About Julien's Auctions With expertise specializing in entertainment memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions has quickly established itself as the premier auction house in high profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s Auctions presents exciting, professionally managed and extremely successful auctions with full color high quality auction catalogues unlike any other auction company. Previous auctions include the collections of Cher, U2, Barbara Streisand, the estate of Marilyn Monroe and many more. Julien’s Auctions also announced on-site global shipping at all auctions. Official website is

About Les Paul Foundation:

Les Paul formed his foundation as a means to encourage young people to pursue their curiosity and innovation about music, sound and engineering. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Les Paul Foundation and benefit the programs and legacy of its work. Recent grants from the Les Paul Foundation including funding to multiple music education programs and to museums that tell the Les Paul story. The foundation’s comprehensive website at connects viewers to numerous resources. The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research.


Intimate Story Reveals Details About Her Marriage to Johnny Cash, Relationships with Her Children and Own Personal Struggles

NASHVILLE (May 3, 2007) -- The life of the late country music legend JUNE CARTER CASH will be celebrated in June with the release of an intimate memoir/biography written by her son John Carter Cash, and an all-star tribute album which the multi-Grammy winning Carter Cash conceived and produced. "Anchored In Love" - the CD (Dualtone Music Group) - will be in stores June 5, while "Anchored In Love" - the book (Thomas Nelson) - will hit retail on June 19, 2007.

The "Anchored In Love" CD features 12 songs written by or associated with the beloved singer and performed by an eclectic collection of family and friends that include Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley, Brad Paisley, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Billy Joe Shaver, The Peasal Sisters and Billy Bob Thornton, Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter and Ronnie Dunn, Grey DeLisle, Patty Loveless and Kris Kristofferson. The tracks were recorded throughout 2006, primarily at the fabled Cash Cabin Studio on the Cash property in Hendersonville, TN.

For millions of fans around the world, June Carter Cash was the endearing mountain-born pioneer of country music who basked in the stage spotlight for over fifty years and was associated with such timeless standards as "Ring of Fire" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" To her loved ones and friends, she was an "angel of Appalachia," a radiant light and a driving force that unified her family through thick and thin - her favorite phrase was "press on." She enjoyed a creative, fruitful partnership with husband Johnny Cash and was an invaluable, talented member of the Carter Family, but the late performing and songwriting legend has surprisingly never been the subject of her own full-length biography...until now.

"Anchored In Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash" is an inside, personal look at the accomplished life of June Carter Cash, as seen through the eyes of her only child with Johnny Cash - John Carter Cash. With skillful prose, Cash covers the peaks of her career - from her early fame with the Carter family to her two-time Grammy Award-winning album "Wildwood Flower" in 2003. He offers a personal, rich retelling of her private life as well - chronicling her childhood in Appalachia, her failed marriages, her romance with Johnny Cash, and the many other ups and downs that followed, including the never-before-told story of her own drug addiction in the last years of her life.

Throughout, the book paints a dramatic portrait of struggle and success, and how the power of true love can overcome all obstacles. Cash also reveals brand-new information about his mother from his own tender memories and heartwarming stories, as well as anecdotes from celebrity friends and other family members, including previously untold details about June and Johnny's final days before their deaths in 2003.

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Lindsey Buckingham Announces Fourth Leg of U.S. Solo Tour to Begin June 1st

Lindsey Buckingham embarks on the fourth leg of his first U.S. solo tour in nearly 14 years on June 1st, 2007.

Buckingham and his three-piece band present an innovative, tightly orchestrated minimalism that captures the spirit of the Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist's most recent solo album, the intricately crafted, acoustic guitar-driven "Under The Skin," which was released by Reprise Records on October 3rd.

The summer dates, which conclude June 30th, follow the enthusiastically received autumn, winter, and spring legs of Buckingham's nationwide trek. The New York Times praised the artist's appearance at New York's Town Hall, saying that, "the strength of Buckingham's songs, his singing and guitar playing, and his strange intensity as a performer carried the evening," while "his stamina kept the music's energy fresh and volatile." The Chicago Tribune calls Buckingham "an enigmatic rock'n'roll icon" whose tour is "worth the wait." The Austin American Statesman says Buckingham "mesmerizes and gets the crowd moving."

Critics have equally applauded "Under The Skin," hailing Buckingham's first solo album since 1992's "Out Of The Cradle" as "magnificent" (The Washington Post), "a stellar comeback" (Blender), and "a mesmerizing return to the side of Buckingham that birthed the proto-indie pop strangeness of 1979's 'Tusk'" (Rolling Stone).

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Linkin Park Adds Busta Rhymes to Summer Tour Projekt Revolution 2008

Multi-platinum two-time Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park has announced that acclaimed hip-hop innovator Busta Rhymes will join their Projekt Revolution 2008 lineup. Rhymes and Linkin Park recently collaborated on "We Made It," the first single and video from Rhymes' upcoming album, Blessed. By touring together, Linkin Park & Busta are taking a cue from the chorus of their song: " ... we took it on the road ... ".

As recently pointed out in Rolling Stone's "Summer Tour Guide," the tour will see nine acts joining rock superstars Linkin Park, who are also offering concertgoers a digital souvenir pack that includes a recording of the band's entire set. As the band's co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda told the magazine, "That puts extra pressure on us to make sure our set is different every night."

The fifth installation of Linkin Park's raging road show will see them headlining an all-star bill that features former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, electro-rockers The Bravery and Ashes Divide featuring Billy Howerdel, known for his work with A Perfect Circle. The Revolution stage will be headlined by metallic act Atreyu and features hard hitters 10 Years, fiery Ohio natives Hawthorne Heights and buzz band Armor For Sleep. Also performing will be percussive force Street Drum Corps. The tour launches July 16 at the Tweeter Center in Boston.

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Linkin Park Announce Projekt Revolution 2007 Line-Up

Projekt Revolution Tour Launches July 25; Main Stage Acts Include My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K

Amidst a groundswell of rumors and anticipation, Warner Bros. artist Linkin Park confirmed today the fourth installment of Projekt Revolution beginning July 25th and culminating on September 3 in Denver at the Coors Amphitheatre (routing below). Fans can expect to see Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K on the Main Stage and Mindless Self Indulgence, Saosin, The Bled, Styles of Beyond and Madina Lake on the Revolution Stage. Tickets go on sale nationwide on May 19th.

The few dates not announced due to radio shows will be announced shortly. Tickets will be available at roduced by Live Nation and partnered with Major League Baseball, "Halo 3" for Xbox 360, Monster Energy Drink, etnies and, Projekt Revolution is a unique tour experience that merges a variety of music styles personally selected by the band.

"I couldn't be happier with the group of artists joining us on Projekt Revolution this summer..." says co-vocalist Chester Bennington. "Linkin Park is thrilled to be joined by this amazing group of artists and I know the audience will share in our excitement." Previous Projekt Revolution alumni include Korn, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Xzibit, Mudvayne, Adema, Blindside and DJ Z-Trip.

Projekt Revolution and Music For Relief have been working hard at making this event an environmentally conscious effort. Besides making the tour a "Green" tour, Projekt Revolution and Music For Relief will be donating $1 from each ticket to give to American Forests for their Global ReLeaf program to plant trees to help reduce global temperatures.

Linkin Park performed some of the new tracks from their forthcoming release, "Minutes to Midnight," to a sold-out crowd of 40,000 at the Bamboozle Festival in NJ. Currently, they have the #1 track at Alternative and Active Rock radio and have sold more than 275,000 downloads to date of the first single, "What I've Done," the catalyst of what is sure to be the year of Linkin Park! Their third studio album, "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.), releases May 15, 2007.

Linkin Park is Chester Bennington (vocals), Rob Bourdon (drums), Brad Delson (guitar), Joe Hahn (DJ), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), and Mike Shinoda (vocals). They have earned two Grammy Awards, the first for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002 with their hit single "Crawling" and the second for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay-Z in 2006 for the innovative "Numb/Encore." Linkin Park has sold 40 million records worldwide since their debut in 2000. The diamond-certified "Hybrid Theory" has alone sold more than 18 million copies. In addition, Linkin Park established Music For Relief in January 2005 to help aid victims of world catastrophes and combat global warming.

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Live Nation Announces U.S. Summer Tour Lineup

Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) , the world's largest live music company, announced a preliminary slate of summer concert that includes artists as diverse as Alan Jackson/Brooks & Dunn, Beyonce, Brad Paisley, Chicago/America, Dave Matthews Band, Def Leppard/Styx/Foreigner, Fall Out Boy, Family Values (Korn/Evanescence), Genesis, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Buffet, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, Ozzfest, Poison, Projekt Revolution (Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance), The Police, Rascal Flatts, Roger Waters, Rush, Stevie Nicks/Chris Isaak, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Toby Keith.

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Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) , the world's largest live music company, announced the launch of "Live Nation TV," a new content feature on which offers music fans access to hundreds of live performance clips and interviews from a diverse array of artists, enhancing the direct relationship between artists and their fans.

"Live Nation Studios division has already recorded hundreds of shows in our venues and with the acquisition of House of Blues last year, we gained access to thousands of additional hours of live concert footage and interviews, all of which we hope to bring to live music fans with the help of the artist," said Bryan Perez, President of Live Nation's Global Digital Division. "'Live Nation TV' is the next step in building a direct artist-to-fan relationship through, providing another opportunity to connect artists with their fans around the magic of the live concert experience."

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Local artist recognized for contribution to Tucson Tragedy Charity

Singer/songwriter Cary Jaymes (Scottsdale, AZ) was humbly honored that his song Stand Together was utilized in the promotion of the recent benefit concert for the shooting victims of the January 8, 2011 tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding was launched by Ron Barber, a Giffords aide wounded in the shooting and featured headliners such as Alice Cooper and Jackson Brown at the Tucson Convention Center on March 10, 2011.

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"My Christmas List" CD on sale November 6; tour begins November 29, 2007

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel") and multi-platinum recording group Lonestar have combined authentic country music with the joys of Christmas this holiday season.

The result is a new CD titled "My Christmas List" and places another exclusive recording in Cracker Barrel's growing collection of quality country music.

On sale November 6th at all Cracker Barrel locations and online at, "My Christmas List" features eleven newly recorded songs, highlighted by the energetic vocals delivered by Lonestar's new lead singer, Cody Collins.

In addition to nine Christmas classics like Joy To The World, Silent Night, and Jingle Bells, this Lonestar CD features two new songs written especially for this project. The CD's title track, My Christmas List, reflects how priorities change with age.

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Los Clientes de Verizon Wireless Obtienen Exclusivos Ringtones de Bob Marley

Verizon Wireless y Universal Music Group (UMG) mantienen liderazgo en música móvil con disponibilidad exclusiva de Ringtones del legendario artista del reggae

Verizon Wireless, la compañía móvil líder con la red móvil de voz y datos más confiable del país, y Universal Music Group (UMG), la principal compañía musical del mundo, anunciaron hoy que los clientes de Verizon Wireless pueden personalizar sus teléfonos móviles con Ringtones del artista legendario e ícono de la música, Bob Marley. Disponible exclusivamente para los clientes de Verizon Wireless, los tonos incluirán canciones clásicas de Bob Marley, incluso música de la colección de clásicos de Bob Marley & The Wailers con los mayores éxitos, "Legend" (Island Records / Tuff Gong / UMe, 1984), el álbum de reggae más vendido de todos los tiempos, que ha recibido 10 veces el platino.

Ningún otro artista ha generado el efecto global galvánico de Robert Nesta Marley. Cantante, compositor y chamán, ha recibido innumerables galardones: la Orden al Mérito de Jamaica, una estrella en el Salón de la Fama de Hollywood, membresía en el Salón de la Fama de Rock'n'Roll, un Premio a la Trayectoria de los Grammys. The New York Times llama a Marley el artista musical más influyente de la segunda mitad del siglo veinte. Incluso después de más de dos décadas de su muerte, Marley continúa siendo el estándar por el que se miden todos los artistas musicales populares. Más avanzado el año, UMG celebra el 30o. aniversario del álbum cumbre "Exodus" con un nuevo lanzamiento del álbum en el sello Island Records / Tuff Gong / UMe, que incluirá fotos raras y el histórico concierto "Live at the Rainbow" en DVD.

La disponibilidad de Ringtones de Bob Marley marca la continuación del liderazgo de Verizon Wireless en la arena de la música móvil. Verizon Wireless fue la primera compañía nacional móvil en ofrecer Ringback tones (Tonos de identificación) en 2004; desde entonces, la compañía no solo ha introducido exclusivas relaciones con los artistas y ha ofrecido dispositivos icónicos para reproducir música, como Chocolate by LG, sino que ha creado servicios musicales de vanguardia que alientan al descubrimiento musical, por ejemplo, V CAST Song ID. Desde 2006, Verizon Wireless ha construido una tienda de música móvil masiva y completa que contiene más de 2.1 millones de canciones de artistas famosos e independientes, que los clientes pueden descargar desde el aire con V CAST Music.


Lyle Lovett's 'It's Not Big It's Large' New CD Set For Release On August 28th

Four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett will release his thirteenth album, It's Not Big It's Large (Lost Highway), on August 28th.

The album, recorded over the last nine months at Conway Recording Studios and Studio Without Walls in Los Angeles, features Lovett's versatile Large Band on twelve new tracks which cover a broad musical spectrum -- from country to blues, to folk, to jazz, to gospel.

Produced by longtime collaborator Billy Williams and Lovett, It's Not Big It's Large combines Lovett's distinctive vocal style with his critically acclaimed, insightful and introspective songwriting skill.

A deluxe version of the CD, which will be released simultaneously, includes a DVD with footage taken in the studio during the recording of six songs from the album: "Ain't No More Cane," "All Downhill," "Don't Cry A Tear," "Up In Indiana," "The Alley Song," and "South Texas Girl."

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Madonna Joins Forces With Live Nation in Revolutionary Global Music Partnership

Live Nation's President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rapino officially confirmed that Madonna has entered into an unprecedented global partnership with Live Nation and will become the founding artist in its Artist Nation division.

"The paradigm in the music business has shifted and as an artist and a business woman, I have to move with that shift," commented Madonna. "For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I've never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless. Who knows how my albums will be distributed in the future? That's what's exciting about this deal -- everything is possible. Live Nation has offered me a true partnership and after 25 years in the business, I feel that I deserve that."

"Madonna is a true icon and maverick as an artist and in business," stated Mr. Rapino. "Our partnership is a defining moment in music history. I am thrilled that Madonna, who is also now a shareholder in our company, has joined with us to create a new business model for our industry. Bringing all the varied elements of Madonna's stunning music career into the Artist Nation and Live Nation family, moves her future and the future of our company into a unique and extraordinary place."

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Madonna's New Single '4 Minutes' and New CD to Debut in New Sunsilk Ad

Madonna, whose new CD album "HARD CANDY" is scheduled for an April 29, 2008 release, will debut her first single "4 Minutes" in a new Sunsilk commercial, announced today by Unilever.

The pop artist and ever-changing chameleon and superstar originally appeared in the first Sunsilk "Life Can't Wait" Campaign alongside Marilyn Monroe and Shakira, but will now be the sole focus of the brand's new styling product spot that will debut on March 17.

The spot will trace Madonna's ever-evolving look throughout the years as a means to inspire girls to play around with their current styles -- with the help of the new Sunsilk styling aids -- and will include the music of Madonna's new single "4 Minutes."

"We're proud to unveil a powerful advertisement that features a truly inspirational icon along with our new styling products," said David Rubin, director of U.S. Hair Care Operations, Unilever.

"Madonna continues to be such an inspiration for young girls by continuously reinventing her looks, and we expect the new commercial will also encourage girls to evolve by changing their looks and making their hair and lives happen in a variety of exciting ways."

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Mary J. Blige & JAY-Z Announce Heart of the City Tour

With over 70 million combined albums sold worldwide and 12 Grammy wins together, Mary J. Blige and JAY-Z announced today that they will embark on a historic 25-date North American co-headlining tour. The "Mary J. Blige & JAY-Z: Heart of the City" tour marks the first time in more than 15 years that an African American male/female bill of this stature have co-headlined a national concert tour.

The Live Nation and Haymon Events produced tour kicks off on March 22nd at Miami's American Airlines Arena and will hit major markets along the eastern seaboard as well as New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas and Oakland. The "Mary J. Blige and JAY-Z: Heart of the City" tour will also make a special stop at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl on April 16th. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The "Mary J. Blige & JAY-Z: Heart of the City" tour is the pinnacle of Mary and Jay's long-time collaboration which began in 1996 with the classic "Can't Knock The Hustle." The multi-Grammy award winning powerhouses are two of the most successful artists of our time whose influence stretch far beyond any musical borders.

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Michael Jackson death at age 50

Micheal Johnson was pronounced dead on Thursday, June 25, 2009. He was rushed to a Los Angeles, CA hospital for cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead officially at 3:46pm.

“Michael Jackson will be remembered as one of the greatest performers ever, but his brand has taken a few hits over the years due to personal and legal battles.  I don’t believe his estate will financially prosper as brands, even after his untimely death, will not want to be associated with his negative reputation from his later years. Over the next few weeks, I predict his music sales will see a boom—one will definitely see his music rise in the top 10 on iTunes lists, but I doubt we will see a spike in the licensing of his brand, short term or long term ” said Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the nation’s 25 largest PR agencies, who has represented celebrities and corporations.

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Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' presented in Theaters Around the World

The upcoming Michael Jackson film, "This Is It" is drawn from the legendary entertainer's last concert rehearsals. The new movie contains Behind-The-Scenes footage. "This Is It" will be released October 30th in High Definition with Digital Sound from Sony Entertainment.

"This Is It" is being produced with the full support of The Estate of Michael Jackson and will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage, captured in high definition with state-of-the-art digital sound as the late singer was preparing for his concert series in London

The film, which will also offer select sequences in 3-D, will provide a unique career retrospective and feature interviews with some of Jackson's closest friends and creative collaborators.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video Stars You as Part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration!

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For the first time ever and through the magic of technology, anyone can now star in the greatest music video of all time -- Michael Jackson's Thriller -- as part of the album's worldwide 25th anniversary celebration! Michael Jackson and Epic/Legacy Recordings (Sony BMG) have partnered with innovative media company Big Stage and YouTube to bring this landmark entertainment experience to the world. Central to the tribute is the ability for fans to easily create a life-like 3-D version of themselves that literally replaces the role of Michael Jackson in the music video. This cutting edge technology was developed by Big Stage.

"This is a great tribute to Michael Jackson, involving one of the greatest and most innovative music videos of all time," said Jonathan Strietzel, co-founder and chief creative officer, Big Stage. "We're excited about working with Epic/Legacy Recordings to demonstrate the first public Big Stage experience -- inserting a photo-realistic avatar of 'you' into digital content. This is just a taste of the way consumers will be able to personalize everything from famous movie scenes to video games, virtual worlds and social networking sites, when we officially launch next quarter."

"Michael Jackson is an innovator and a pioneer in the music industry and so it only makes sense, as part of our anniversary celebrations for Thriller, to give fans worldwide a new way to experience the video in a way not even Michael could have imagined 25 years ago," said J.J. Rosen, Executive Vice-President, SonyBMG Commercial Music Group. "Our partnership with Big Stage, is an amazing way to fundamentally change people's interaction with content."

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Michael Jackson's Thriller 25 is Rocking the Planet!

Thriller 25, Michael Jackson's most eagerly awaited New DVD album is available Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Global anticipation for the release of Thriller 25, the newly expanded deluxe 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller, the world's top-selling album of all-time, is already reaching a fever pitch across the planet with surprise hit singles, an ongoing 40-episode "ThrillerCast" podcast event, the premiere of the "Thrillicious" Sobe Life Water ad campaign at the Super Bowl, the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Jackson at the NRJ Music Awards at Cannes and a host of upcoming events and surprises.

Thriller 25 will be available stateside on Tuesday, February 12 and available around the world the week of February 11. The album debuts seven bonus tracks including new collaborations with Akon, Fergie, and a Kanye West remix of "Billie Jean 2008."

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Ministry Bassist Paul Raven Dies of Heart Attack in Geneva

October 20, 2007 FRANCE - Ministry's bassist Paul Raven was found dead today in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was due to a heart attack. Raven (known also for his work with Killing Joke, Prong) was in Geneva working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new release, with Marco Neves, Ted Parsons (Prong) and members of The Young Gods.

Born in Wolverhampton UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke when, in 1982 he replaced the original bassist for the band, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns. Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations including Prong, Murder, Inc., Pigface, Godflesh.

Most recently, Raven was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for Best Metal Performance for his work with Ministry's Al Jourgensen, with whom he had begun working with in late 2005 on the 13th Planet release Rio Grande Blood. After a 2006 World Tour with Ministry, Raven helped Jourgensen and Prong's Tommy Victor pen the September 18, 2006 Ministry release The Last Sucker, Ministry's final studio release.

States Jourgensen: "I am in total shock. The world of music is a sadder, emptier place. Not only was Raven an extraordinary talent, but one of my closest dearest friends. Our condolences and prayers go to his immediate family. He will be truly missed by artists, musicians and his fans the world over.

The one consolation is knowing Raven's already hooked up with the right people and started a new project in the After Life. God's speed, Raven. Rest In Peace, you fucking pirate."

Raven's newest project, Mob Research, featuring members of Warrior Soul and The Mission UK, and schedule for release on 13th Planet Records in 2008, was in the final mixing and mastering phases at the time of Raven's sudden and unexpected passing.

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On the heels of their final studio release, "The Last Sucker," released September 18, 2007, MINISTRY announces their final world tour, "C U LaTouR," with Special Guests Meshuggah and opening act Hemlock.

Ministry kicks off the North American leg of "C U LaTouR" in Vancouver on March 28, 2008, stopping in a limited engagement 33 major market cities through mid-May, ending the U.S. leg in Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen's home town of Chicago. Ministry then heads off to play the principal European festivals as well as choice club dates beginning late May stretching through to July.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the North American "C U LaTouR," offered by Music Today, go on sale this Thursday, November 15 and can be purchased here, as of Thursday. Exclusive Special Limited Access VIP tickets will also be available for purchase via the pre-sale, offering advance doors, seating, meet & greets and souvenir 13th Planet gift bags.

The "C U LaTouR" touring line-up features Ministry's founder Al Jourgensen being joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong) and Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, AoTW, False Icons), and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Alice Cooper).

Static X's Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass on behalf of the recently departed Ministry/Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven. Joining the Ministry clan as Special Featured Artist will be Fear Factory/Ascension of The Watchers vocalist Burton C. Bell. Main support is Swedish experimental metal Meshuggah and opening act is the U.S.-based Hemlock.

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Modest Mouse, Incubus, The Shins, Wolf Parade, Among Featured Talent at Download 2007 Festival Events

Live Nation, World's Largest Live Music Festival Producer, Successfully Grows Acclaimed UK Festival, Expanding to Four U.S. Markets: Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington State

Additional Artist Lineups to Be Announced Soon

Download -- the acclaimed music festival produced by Live Nation which began in 2003 in the UK, offering fans unparalleled connectivity to the bands they love -- is returning to the U.S. this year with a star-studded lineup presenting the best in alternative and modern rock artists. Download 2007 Festival events will feature performances by such marquee bands as Modest Mouse, The Shins, Incubus and Wolf Parade, with other artists to be announced soon (each market has a distinct lineup, which will be announced in May).

Expanding beyond last year's Download appearances in Boston and San Francisco (which this year have been set for August 18, and October 6, respectively), Download Festival 2007 will make additional stops in Washington State (August 25), and Chicago (September 1), proving the British creation is now an American mainstay. Tickets go on sale June 9th (Washington State), June 16th (Boston), June 23rd (Chicago) and July 22nd (San Francisco).

Entering its fifth successful year, Download has become a festival phenomenon with multiple-day concert and technology emersion events in the UK and North America, drawing an audience uniquely plugged into the latest of everything. This year's Download Festival aims to take the fan experience to an entirely new level, with many increased opportunities for fan and artist interaction including meet and greets, Q & A sessions, artist master class workshops and autograph activities. The ultimate play day in each city will feature ten hours of continuous music emanating from multiple stages, interspersed with interactive activities and access to world class vendors featuring an eclectic mix of fashion, food and technology items.

"The growth of Download Festival to two additional U.S. cities is indicative of our strategy to expand our festival presence in North America," said Jason Garner, Live Nation's President of North American Concerts. "We are thrilled to once again present some of the best alternative music and modern rock acts at this year's Download Festival."

"Download has resonated so deeply with music fans around the world because it provides rare opportunities for them to connect with artists and sponsors like no other festival. We are keenly focused on creating engaging fan experiences with the many interactive elements of these shows through our collaboration with key brand partners," said Christopher Swope, Vice President of National Alliances at Live Nation.

Download 2007 will also be enhanced through the participation of select strategic partners. As the official automotive sponsor for all Download events, Volkswagen will take center stage, using its one-of-a-kind VW Garage to deliver memorable music-oriented moments. Budding musicians who choose to jam on supplied instruments will be digitally recorded, and their riffs spotlighted on VW owners will earn rock star treatment, and all festival-goers can pick up cool VW merchandise and chill out in the Garage. "Music is a powerful platform for building community, and a Volkswagen/Download partnership is a natural extension of our long history of supporting pioneering music properties and emerging artists," said Heidi Korte, Consumer Events Manager. "The Download Festival is innovative in its pairing of music with technology, and speaks directly to the people who buy Volkswagens."

"Music, design and technology are passions of W Hotels," said Ross Klein, President of Starwood Luxury Brands Group, another festival sponsor. "Just as W provides a destination for people to connect with one another, the Download Festival has created one of the most innovative and engaging music experiences to foster this connection." Other sponsors include Now What, who will be onsite providing an interactive booth where concert-goers can stop by to get their free online photo, win great prizes and much more! Additional sponsors to be announced in the coming weeks.

For additional information on Download 2007, please visit

Download 2007 events are as follows:

August 18th - Boston @ The Tweeter Center of Performing Arts

August 25th - Washington State @ The Gorge Amphitheatre

September 1st - Chicago @ Alpine Valley Music Theater

October 6th - San Francisco @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

About Live Nation

Live Nation is the world's largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues(R) music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London's Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses or concerts near you, please visit our website at

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Country music duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY joins the legendary Willie Nelson in Farm Aid 2007 which will be held for the first time in New York on September 9th at Randall's Island.

Montgomery Gentry is the only other country act announced thus far on this star-studded lineup for the day-long festival. The show will promote food from family farmers and raise funds for Farm Aid's work throughout the year to strengthen family farm agriculture.

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Country music duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY will lend their support to assist in eradicating muscular dystrophy by performing on legendary comedian Jerry Lewis' annual MDA Telethon live from Las Vegas on Sunday, September 2nd, 2007.

First broadcast over Labor Day weekend in 1966 by just one TV station in New York City, the unique event quickly caught the public's attention and raised more than $1 million. Now the show will be broadcast on "190 MDA Love Network" stations across the country.

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More Artists Announced for 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock' Airing Monday, July 23 on the ABC Television Network

Heart-warming stories and riveting musical performances are the heart and soul of summer's hottest TV special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Monday, July 23 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"CMA Music Festival is a phenomenon unlike any other and the special aims to capture it all - the unique interaction and relationship between the artists and their fans along with scorching performances by some of our format's most compelling stars," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese.

Added to the list of artists appearing on the special are Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, and Josh Turner. Several of today's top hit makers are already scheduled to appear on the special including Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Reba McEntire in a duet with Kelly Clarkson. More artists will be announced soon. This is the third time ABC will broadcast this special, which invites the whole country to America's biggest Country Music celebration.

CMA Music Festival is about more than the music. For 36 years, the cornerstone of the annual event has been the relationship between the artists, the fans and their mutual love for the music. The special was taped in Nashville June 7-10 during the Festival, a four-day love fest attended by more than 191,000 Country Music enthusiasts from around the world.

The special is as much about the fans as it is the artists. In one segment, McBride, who grew up in a small town in Kansas, presents a new truck to a young couple who lost everything in a recent tornado that leveled the small Kansas town of Greensburg. Volunteer fireman Chance Little, 27, and his pregnant wife Tracy, 22, thought they were attending the Festival as a much needed break from the devastation at home, but McBride called them on stage following her powerful performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and presented the truck to help the couple get on their feet and on with their lives - to the cheers of 50,000 fans.

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More Performers Announced for 'The 41st Annual CMA Awards'

Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood To Perform During "Country Music's Biggest Night"

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- "Country Music's Biggest Night (TM)" is getting even bigger with the announcement today that Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood will perform when "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" airs live Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-1:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville.

"The slate of nominees for the 2007 CMA Awards speaks to the strength, diversity and vitality of the format," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "And this year's Awards will reflect that in every performance."

The most lauded duo in CMA Awards history, Brooks & Dunn are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year again in 2007. They have won the category a record 14 times and have received 45 career nominations, which places them behind only Alan Jackson, George Strait and Vince Gill for most nominations in the history of the Awards. Their new album, Cowboy Town will be released Oct. 2. Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks took three turns at the host podium (2004-2006), but opted not to be back for a repeat performance in 2007.

"It was never our intention to be the ongoing hosts of the CMA Awards," they said. "Each of the three years we hosted was special. We're just hoping to still be invited to the show!"

Paisley tied with George Strait for the most CMA Awards nominations this year with five including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album for 5th Gear (produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois), Single for "Ticks," and Music Video of the Year for "Online," which was directed by actor-turned-video director Jason Alexander. This marks the fourth time since 2000 that Paisley has topped the list of artists with the most nominations. Paisley has received 38 career CMA Awards nominations, winning his first CMA with Horizon Award in 2000. When 5th Gear was released in June, it debuted at No. 1 on the Country sales chart.

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Moscow Ballet selects Russia’s newest and best Visual Artists to paint for the 2010 Tour of the GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

Moscow Ballet, producers and presenter’s of the Great Russian Nutcracker the largest and longest annually touring Nutcracker ballet, is expanding its interests to include the visual art world.

Moscow Ballet is selecting visual artists who represent the contemporary sensibilities practiced in Russian visual art to create limited edition paintings in honor of the 100th anniversary of the “Father of Russian Ballet” Marius Petipa’s life and legacy. Moscow Ballet is commissioning artwork by some of Russia’s finest contemporary painters and announces the first to be contracted: Tatyana Kalin(also Kalyn) and Alexandra Nedzvetckaya.

Their commissioned paintings are inspired by three of Petipa’s artistically acclaimed story ballets: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty, all of which have been presented by Moscow Ballet in North America hundreds of times over 18 years. The original prints will be available exclusively to ticket holders through the “Platinum Package” which includes tickets for the best seats and other benefits. The St. Petersburg Academy of the Arts Foundation, representing artists from the famed school of the same name and located in St. Petersburg, is assisting Moscow Ballet in the selection of relevant painters for this project. Established in 1757 by Catherine the Great and known by many names: Academy of Arts of the USSR, Imperial Academy of the Arts, Ilya Repin Leningrad Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, the Repin Institute of Arts, and the St. Petersburg Academy of the Arts, the Academy remains one of the greatest sources of classic and contemporary Russian Art and Culture.

Tatyana Kalin was born in 1969, in Kemerovo, in eastern Siberia. She attended Kemerovo's art school and subsequently graduated in 2003 from the distinguished I.E. Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St Petersburg. She works in oil and is known for her vibrant use of color and texture. Her warm and expressive paintings often feature women, natural settings and still-lifes. She exhibits annually at shows in the St Petersburg Union of Artists Exposition Hall.

Internationally, she has exhibited in China, France, Finland, Poland, and Germany. In 2008 she was a member of the group exposition of "Diagilev’s 100 Year Anniversary" in Paris, France. 2009 exhibitions include ''Itinerants 21st Century,” Helsingfors, Finland and a group exposition organized by Gazprom Company, St. Petersburg. To date in 2010 she has participated in ''Itinerants 21st Century” in Berlin, Germany and Warsaw, Poland and was a member of the group exposition "Art Mahege'' in Moscow. Other expositions include ''Itinerants 21 century'' Russia; Central Exposition Hall, Moscow; St. Petersburg Conservatory, St. Petersburg; the show ''Selected by Beauty'' in a private gallery in St. Petersburg.

Alexandra Nedzvetckaya, born in St Petersburg in 1981, began her professional career directly following graduation from the prestigious I.E. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia. Vadim Moiseev, General Manager at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts Foundation, calls her work “unconditionally original” and “substantial,” while noting that her paintings demand “considerable interest of viewers and connoisseurs of visual art.” Nedzvetckaya’s technical skills were finely honed in the Russian academic tradition at Repin and her art resonates with tones of femininity, fluidity, and a soft dreamlike sensibility often mixed with impeccable realist capabilities.

Rich in deeply expressive colors and emotions, her paintings are attracting attention from the art world and have been utilized by the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts Foundation in exhibitions nationwide. The Foundation supplies contemporary arts organizations with work from their top pupils, providing an intimate view of what Russia has to offer to the art world at large. In the years since commencement, Nedzvetckaya’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and exhibitions, most notably in Munich, Germany, Delft, The Netherlands, London and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Platinum Package - for a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience Moscow Ballet introduces on the 2010 North American tour the deluxe Platinum Package which includes a choice of the limited edition prints of original artwork by Russian masters of the St. Petersburg Academy of Art Foundation in honor of the 100th anniversary of Marius Petipa’s life. The prints will undergo the process of giclée printing with archival inks and stock, and no more than 100 prints of each painting will be created.

In addition to their choice of print, Platinum Ticket holders also receive the best seats in the house and early seating, Meet and Greet with a Moscow Ballet Soloist, preferred parking and Platinum Member benefit card. Only 7 pairs of Platinum Package tickets will be available at each performance. The Platinum Print Package is $350 per ticket. For the best seats and to choose your print, call Moscow Ballet Platinum Curator Bobbie at 800-320-1733. Regular Tickets are also on sale for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and start at $27.50. Buy online at or call Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 and ask for a performance near you.

US East Tour – Great Russian Nutcracker 2010

West Point NY 11/13/2010
Wilkes Barre PA 11/14/2010
Paducah KY 11/16/2010
Birmingham AL 11/17/2010
*Meridian MS 11/18/2010
Dallas TX 11/19-21/2010
*Stephenville TX 11/22/2010
*Alma AR 11/23/2010
Little Rock AR 11/24/2010
Muskegon MI 11/26/2010
Indianapolis IN 11/27/2010
Knoxville TN 11/28/2010
Memphis TN 11/29/2010
*Blacksburg VA 12/1/2010
Charleston WV 12/2/2010
Youngstown OH 12/3/2010
*Easton PA 12/4/2010
*Verona NY 12/5/2010
Rochester NY 12/7/2010
Bethesda MD 12/8-9/2010
*Somerville NJ 12/10/2010
Baltimore MD 12/11-12/2010
Charlottesville VA 12/13-14/2010
Virginia Beach VA 12/15-16/2010
Cleveland OH 12/17/2010
Rosemont IL 12/18/2010
Detroit MI 12/19/2010
*Ashland KY 12/20/2010
Asheville NC 12/21/2010
Durham NC 12/22/2010
N Charleston SC 12/23/2010
Sarasota FL 12/26/2010
Lakeland FL 12/27/2010
St Petersburg FL 12/28-29/2010
*denotes private performance

US West and Canada Tour – Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker

Lethbridge CAN 11/5/2010
^Medicine Hat CAN 11/6/2010
^*Saskatoon CAN 11/9-10/2010
^*Regina CAN 11/11-12/2010
^*Edmonton CAN 11/15-16/2010
Surrey, BC CAN 11/19/2010
Yakima WA 11/20/2010
^Missoula MT 11/21/2010
^*Calgary CAN 11/22-23/2010
*Lake of Torches WI 11/26-27/2010
Fargo ND 11/28/2010
^*Winnipeg CAN 11/29/2010
^Thunder Bay CAN 11/30/2010
Grand Forks ND 12/1/2010
Rochester MN 12/2/2010
Minneapolis MN 12/3-4/2010
Cedar Rapids IA 12/5/2010
*Leavenworth KS 12/6/2010
Sioux City IA 12/7/2010
Cheyenne WY 12/8/2010
Casper WY 12/9/2010
Denver CO 12/10-11/2010
Grand Junction CO 12/12/2010
Farmington NM 12/13-14/2010
*Albuquerque NM 12/15 /2010
Bakersfield CA CA 12/16/2010
Cupertino CA 12/17/2010
Santa Rosa CA 12/18/2010
*La Mirada CA 12/19/2010
San Diego CA 12/20/2010
Tucson AZ 12/21/2010
*Phoenix AR 12/22/2010
El Paso TX 12/23/2010
San Antonio TX 12/26/2010
Lake Charles LA 12/27/2010
New Orleans LA 12/28/2010
Panama City FL 12/29/2010
*denotes private performance

^denotes Swan Lake performance

Moscow Ballet History

The Moscow Ballet is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, the organization evolved out of Talmi’s all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92).

Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993 with the Great Russian Nutcracker which was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Russian Bolshoi Theatre. In 1994, Moscow Ballet invited the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats, and the theatre's full orchestra, to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Moscow Ballet announced the appointment of Anatoly Emelianov, winner of the Diagelev award, and Vladimir Troshchenko, director of Odessa State Ballet and a pivotal figure in the ballet world, as co-artistic directors. Moscow Ballet continues to feature top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools in its productions.

MTV Networks Supports Live Earth Globally Across Platforms

News, Live Performances, Short Films & PSAs Further MTVN's Global Commitment to Raising Awareness of Climate Change Through Break the Addiction Campaign in the US & MTV Switch Internationally Building upon the momentum of its award-winning Break the Addiction pro-social campaign in the US and the recently launched MTV Switch campaign internationally, MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , announced a wide array of global activities across multiple platforms to raise awareness of global warming, in conjunction with support of the Live Earth concert taking place 7th July 2007. The activities reinforce the company's long-term commitment to the issue of climate change and unrivalled ability to encourage viewers to take action.

Internationally, MTV is producing a series of eleven 10-minute bulletins per hour on 7 July starting at 1pm BST which will include a full live performance. In addition MTV channels around the world will be producing localized content around the event. This includes links to the MSN Live Earth micro site online as well as homepage features on the event on local MTV web sites internationally. Live Earth will feature performances from some of the world's biggest artists, including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Metallica, Foo Fighters and Black Eyed Peas, among many others.

In the United States, MTV will continue to mobilize young people in the fight against global warming with the launch of a dedicated Live Earth page, available at, featuring content from MTV's award- winning Break the Addiction campaign. The Live Earth page will feature daily video tips, 12-steps users can take to break their addiction to oil and over- consumption, ways to take action globally and locally, and more.

For people not able to attend the concerts, MTV has teamed up with MSN, the exclusive online distributor for Live Earth, to lend support and create awareness of the Live Earth concerts by offering a direct link to MSN's live feed and archive. "With our award-winning Break the Addiction campaign here in the US and our global support of Live Earth, MTV is demonstrating its unparalleled commitment to raising awareness of climate change by combining two things that define the core of our audience -- activism and music," said Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks' Music Group in the US. "We will use the combined power of our television screens and online properties to unite viewers with the global community of their peers and motivate and compel viewers to make requisite changes in their daily lives."

"We have made a long-term commitment to engaging our audiences worldwide across our brands on the issue of climate change," commented Bill Roedy, Vice Chairman, MTV Networks. "We are excited to use the power of MTV Networks' global reach across platforms to support Live Earth, which will be one of the most terrific musical events this year. With live performances, news bulletins, artist interviews and other engaging web content, our participation in Live Earth complements MTV Switch and encourages our audiences to get involved."

Read some highlights of additional activities from MTV Networks' linear and digital services across multiple territories


MTV Networks, RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless Join Forces To Offer A New Integrated Digital Music Experience

RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:RNWK) , MTV Networks, a division of VIACOM International (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , and Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) , and Vodafone announced they are teaming to create a single, integrated digital music experience that consumers can access via their PC, portable music device or mobile phone.

Promising to be ultra-rich in music culture, programming and discovery, Rhapsody will unite the best of RealNetworks' market-leading service and MTV Networks critically acclaimed URGE music service. Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music -- the most successful mobile music service in the country -- will become the mobile platform for the integrated Rhapsody service.

As part of this alliance, MTV Networks and Real are forming a new company, Rhapsody America, whose offering will be the exclusive digital music service for Real and for MTV Networks' premier music and pop culture brands in the United States. Both partners will bring complementary strengths, including MTV Network's storied history in music programming, unparalleled connection with music fans, and youth marketing prowess, with Real's innovative technology, market momentum for Rhapsody, and deep relationships within the consumer electronics industry. Michael Bloom, previously General Manager of MTV Network's URGE, will lead Rhapsody America, which will have offices in New York, Seattle and San Francisco.

Real and MTV Networks, through their Rhapsody America venture, have formed a long-term, groundbreaking and exclusive relationship with Verizon Wireless, in which the companies will be partners in bringing consumers digital music to their PCs and over the air to their mobile phones. Through the relationship with Verizon Wireless, Rhapsody will be fully integrated with VCAST Music, delivering a superior music service across multiple consumer devices.

"With RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless, we're creating a unique and engaging experience that also reflects our own strategy of allowing fans to go narrow and deep into the musical genres they love," said Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks. "Any time we can partner with industry leaders like this to create a new music proposition, everyone wins, especially the audience."

"Today's announcements represent a sea-change in the digital music market," said Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO, RealNetworks. "By partnering with MTV Networks, home of the most storied brands in music history, and the market's leading wireless company, Verizon Wireless, we'll make Rhapsody the premier digital music service that delivers great music to millions of consumers whenever and wherever they want."

"By bringing together the cultural and musical heritage of the MTV Networks family with the functionality of Rhapsody and the reach of V CAST Music, it's like we've put the best lead singer, drummer and guitarist all on the same giant stage, allowing music fans to experience the purest music play in any way they want," said Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group. "The new Rhapsody will build on the musical curation of URGE and have the marketing power of MTV, VH1 and CMT behind it, ensuring this new platform is front and center in the hearts and minds of music lovers."

John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon, said, "Our commitment to innovation and making V CAST Music the #1 mobile music service in the country has led to today's momentous announcement. Verizon's alignment with these two great companies -- MTV Networks' music and youth marketing expertise with RealNetworks' acclaimed service and technology -- promises to propel digital music into an exciting new future. Together, our three companies will provide a new, unbeatable digital music experience that will give every consumer a way to get music quickly and easily -- whether sitting in front of a computer screen or on-the-go with a mobile device."

Real, MTV Networks and Verizon Wireless will leverage their complementary strengths to bring the new service to market and back it up with an aggressive advertising and promotional campaign. Verizon Wireless will market Rhapsody through its extensive network of Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide when the service launches on mobile phones. Rhapsody will become the music service of choice across MTV Networks' MTV, VH1, and CMT brands and their myriad of online youth-culture touch points. On-air integration for the new service will begin next week and Rhapsody will also be integrated into the fabric of MTV's marquee event, the Video Music Awards airing live from Las Vegas on September 9th.

Customer Experience

URGE customers can now use their existing usernames and passwords to log in to Rhapsody and enjoy access to both services. In addition, Rhapsody customers can get their first taste of MTV Networks' rich programming from MTV, VH1 and CMT. Verizon Wireless customers can already download music instantly to their V CAST-enabled phones at any time and from anywhere in the V CAST service area and transfer digital music to their phones from their PC. In the months ahead, Verizon Wireless will roll out functionality that sends the duplicate copy of songs purchased over the air directly to a customer's Rhapsody account. The service will also allow transfer of subscription music from a Rhapsody account to a mobile phone.

Rhapsody will also continue to be offered through RealNetworks' extensive network of partners, including Best Buy, SanDisk and TiVo.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 137 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 260 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.

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About RealNetworks

RealNetworks, Inc. brings digital entertainment to consumers on every screen. Real's heritage of delivering groundbreaking digital entertainment products and services includes creation of the streaming media category with the introduction of RealAudio in 1995. Since then, Real has continued to be a leading force in the market, pioneering products and services that include: RealPlayer, the first mainstream media player that lets consumers download and record Internet video; the acclaimed Rhapsody digital music service, which serves up more than 1 billion songs per year; RealArcade, one of the largest casual games destinations online; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback tones, offered to consumers through leading mobile operators around the world. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at Source: RealNetworks, Inc.
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Musicians: Hornitos Tequila Mariachi Mash Up

Hornitos™ Tequila has come up with an interesting twist that pays homage to the fun, traditional mariachi music we all enjoy along with a crisp shot of tequila. Whether it’s Lady Gaga doing a mariachi rendition of “Born This Way” or Hugo’s countrified cover of 99 Problems, mash ups and custom interpretations are as popular as ever. Hornitos is supporting their popularity and giving musicians a chance at stardom via the new Hornitos Mariachi Mash Up competition. It doesn’t matter if their usual style is rock, hip-hop or classical, the national contest challenges any and all kinds of musical acts to create their own mariachi-inspired mash up and kick off tequila season right. Winners will receive incredible exposure in Billboard magazine and $10,000 cash.

Entrants can select from one of the following songs to cover mariachi style to qualify: “Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn and John, “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, “What I Like About You” by The Romantics, “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit and “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen.

Contest winners will be announced on June 6th 2011 and the top band will be featured in Billboard Magazine’s coveted “Backbeat” section in a June 2011 issue and receive a $10,000 cash prize.

To be considered for the contest, bands must meet the following qualifications: Participants must be 21+. Videos should be no more than 3 minutes in length. As a tribute to Hornitos’ new horn-shaped shot glass, videos should also include the phrase Horns Up.

For more information on the Hornitos Tequila Mariachi Mash Up, please visit or

Watch music video: Cheap Trick creates Mariachi Mash Up of Surrender for Cinco de Mayo

New Barry Manilow Album, THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIES, Arrives in Stores September 18th on Arista Records

Arista recording artist Barry Manilow revisits the songs of the decade that launched his career - the Seventies. THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIES is the next release in a best-selling series of tribute albums of popular music which includes The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties and The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties, whose cumulative sales with Ultimate Manilow have surpassed 5 million units.

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIES will arrive in stores on September 18th in two distinctly unique packages, one an 18-song CD; and the other a two-disc set containing a 14-song Dual Disc (audio and video layers) plus a 9-song bonus CD.

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIES continues the productive and successful reunion between Manilow and Clive Davis, Arista founder and BMG U.S. Chairman & CEO. Davis has been Manilow's hit-making collaborator on virtually all his recordings, since they first worked together on "Mandy," his debut #1 single as the first artist signed to Arista by Davis in 1974, the first year of the label's existence. The two produced The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties and The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties together, and that magic has carried over to the new album as well.

Comments Clive Davis: "No one can reinvent the great classics better than Barry Manilow. He breathes new life and vitality into these truly wonderful songs and they sound fresh and timeless. We continue on the mission to bring to a new generation the great songs of a different era." Special pre-order campaigns for THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIES at the website and at Amazon will ensure fans of receiving the new album in its very first week of release.

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SEVENTIES is a fan's dream wish-list of favorites covering both sides of the Atlantic, from The Beatles' "The Long And Winding Road," to Elton John's "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word," as well as duets with Melissa Manchester on Carole King's "You've Got A Friend" and with Rosie O'Donnell on Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." Other selections include Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," the Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," Albert Hammond's "It Never Rains In Southern California," and The Carpenters' "(They Long To Be) Close To You."

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New Beyonce CD Album Set for Release on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two New Beyonce Singles, "If I Were A Boy" & "Single Ladies," are slated to impact radio simultaneously on October 7, 2008.

Music World Music/Columbia Records will release the third full-length studio album from the international superstar and cultural icon Beyonce on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.

One of 2008's most hotly anticipated new album releases, Beyonce's as-yet-untitled upcoming album marks the artist's first new studio collection since the Grammy-winning multi-platinum-selling B'Day debuted at #1 on charts around the world shortly after its international release on September 4, 2006 (in celebration of Beyonce's 25th birthday).

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Nominations Announced for the 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (R) AWARDS Country Music's Party of the Year (TM)

Nominations have been announced for the 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Winners will receive their awards during the star-studded event to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The nominees were announced at a press conference held today at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame(R) and Museum in Nashville. Participating in the press conference were multi-platinum recording artists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the Academy's current Top Male Vocalist and Top Female Vocalist. Paisley and Underwood read nominations live during a CBS' The Early Show broadcast, which also included live performances by Rodney Atkins and Miranda Lambert, the Academy's reigning Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Female Vocalist, respectively.

It was also announced that for the first time in Academy of Country Music history, fans will choose the winner of the Academy's highest honor, Entertainer of the Year. Fan voting begins May 5 and more details on how to participate will be announced at a later date.

This morning Kenny Chesney led with eleven nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. In addition, Chesney was nominated as an artist and producer for Album of the Year for Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Don't Blink." If Kenny Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, it will be his fourth consecutive win.

Rodney Atkins is nominated for six awards including Top Male Vocalist. He is also nominated for Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Watching You" and Album of the Year for If You're Going Through Hell. He won Top New Male Vocalist last year.

Brad Paisley is nominated in four categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for 5th Gear and Video of the Year for "Online." Last year, Paisley won Top Male Vocalist.

Big & Rich received four nominations including Top Vocal Duo and, for the song "Lost in this Moment," Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. John Rich is nominated for a producer and writer award, and Big Kenny is nominated for two producing awards. Sugarland was also nominated for four awards including Top Vocal Duo, and for the song "Stay," Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year.

Jennifer Nettles also received two nominations for writing and producing, and Kristian Bush received one for producing. Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift received three nominations each. Both received nominations this year for Top Female Vocalist. Lambert was also nominated for her album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and for Single Record of the Year for "Famous in a Small Town." She was last year's Top New Female Vocalist. Swift was also nominated this year for Top New Female Vocalist and her album Taylor Swift was nominated for Album of the Year.

Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, including selection of the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category. This year, for the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity to select the winner from the Entertainer of the Year nominees (more information to be released at a later date). Presenters and performers who will appear on the special will be announced.

Following is the list of final nominees in the 13 categories voted on by the membership...


Omar Akram encourages listeners to come with him on an exotic "Secret Journey," an appropriate title for his new Real Music album since he grew up traveling around the world as the son of a United Nations diplomat living in such diverse locales as France, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Czech Republic. On Omar’s third contemporary instrumental CD, strong melodies are presented within tapestry-like arrangements carefully interweaving his acoustic grand piano with acoustic guitar, violin, duduk, flute and ethnic percussion performed by a group of world-class musicians.

“I look around me and see people who are bored, restless, stagnant,” explains Akram, “and I know they often take ‘secret journeys’ in their mind as they daydream about other places they could be.  The lucky ones get to take an actual trip where they escape from the pressures of their lives.  They see new places and have uncommon experiences.  I like to think the music on my album can serve as the soundtrack for their journey, whether it is a mental or a physical trip.  Everyone needs to get away sometime.”

In addition to the title track, “Secret Journey,” all of the tunes were inspired by what might be seen or felt on a special trip.  Some of the compositions capture the heritage of Omar’s distant Afghani ancestors (“Caravan,” “Nomadic Rhapsody,” “Gypsy Spirit”).  On such a journey you might see a distant lake-like “Mirage,” a “Shimmering Star” in the night’s blue-black heavens, or a rare but beautiful “Desert Flower.”

Omar says “Seven Secrets” was influenced by the ancient architectural “Seven Wonders of the World” like the Great Pyramids, but also references all the lost knowledge of past generations.  “I want the music to sound multi-cultural,” explains Akram, “but not be tied to any particular country.” 

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One Life To Live" Star Kassie DePaiva Releases New CD "I Want To Love You" May 22, 2007

ABC-TV star Kassie DePaiva, best known as Blair in the hit daytime series, "One Life To Live," will wow her fans on May 22nd when she releases a new CD, "I Want To Love You," a collection of catchy bluegrass-inspired tunes.

She is also set to co-host as well as perform on "The View" day of release and is scheduled to appear later that same week on "The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet" on May 24th.

The Emmy-nominated star, born and raised in Kentucky, sang back-up at Nashville's Opryland as a teenager. At age 18, she made her debut as a soloist at the Grand Ole Opry and sang back-up for Bobby Womack on several American and European tours. She has also performed with Kenny Rogers.
In 2000 DePaiva released her debut album, "Naked," followed by 2004's "No Regrets." Praising DePaiva's sophomore effort, a columnist for Country Weekly commented, "The album showcases Kassie's great vocals, which remind me of Faith Hill-meets-Trisha Yearwood."

"I Want To Love You" once again displays DePaiva's beautiful, country-style vocals on selections of upbeat tunes. Y'All Magazine described the new CD as "a mixture of Allison Krauss and bluegrass, (which) takes DePaiva back to her Kentucky roots."

In addition to co-writing two of the album's most memorable cuts, "Sweet Southern Love," and "Get On Over Here," many of the tracks are written by some of Nashville's leading songwriters, such as "I Want To Love You," the album's title track, co-written by Lisa Carver, whose credits include songs recorded by Willie Nelson, Julie Roberts, and Sugarland, most notably their "Good Morning America" theme song, "Everyday America."

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Patti Smith Celebrating the Release of her New Album, 'Twelve,' with Three Special Shows at New York's Bowery Ballroom

Free Tickets for Patti's Exclusive 'Bowery Session' Performances Available with Purchase of 'Twelve' at Select New York Area Outlets

2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith will celebrate the release of her new covers album, "Twelve," with her New York area fans at three exclusive performances at New York's Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, April 24.

"Twelve" is Patti Smith's first album of new studio recordings since "trampin'," her Columbia Records debut, was released in 2004, and is the artist's first-ever full-length collection of songs originally created by other performers. The album will be in stores on Tuesday, April 24.

Fans purchasing "Twelve" at select New York outlets will receive a free ticket to one of Patti's three intimate "Bowery Sessions" shows. The three 30-minute concerts will include acoustic music, spoken word performances, and in-concert surprises. The doors open for each "Bowery Sessions" show at 6pm, 8:30pm, and 10:30pm.

For a limited time, in advance of "Twelve"'s April 24 release date, tickets for each of Patti's "Bowery Sessions" shows are available at: An exclusive pass to all three "Bowery Sessions" is available only at the Bowery Ballroom site for $51.00 and includes a special 7" vinyl EP. Each ticket purchased at will include a copy of "Twelve" which may be picked up at the show.

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Paul Oakenfold collaborates with Madonna on her forthcoming album ad supports the Sticky & Sweet Tour

World-renowned producer and DJ Paul Oakenfold has been one of the few figures in dance music to have-made an indelible impact on modern day popular culture.

From being credited as the main catalyst of the dance music revolution that took hold of the UK in the late 1980’s, to bringing DJ sets to stadiums via his opening slots for major pop acts such as U2, to remixing artists as diverse as Radiohead, Justin Timberlake and The Rolling Stones, the UK-born Oakenfold has consistently been recognized as an artist able to spread the gospel of club music beyond the confines of club culture.

  Reaffirming this fact, legendary Queen of Pop Madonna -- renowned for her impeccable taste and ground breaking choice of collaborations with the worlds best producers -- recruited Paul to produce brand new material for her forthcoming greatest hits album (slated for Sept ’09). "Cutting edge sounds combined with classic Madonna," says Oakenfold of the new songs.

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Pearl Jam to rerelease "Ten" in March 2009

The new Pearl Jam CD, "Ten" will be an enhanced version of the band's debut album, Ten."

The new CD is in stores on March 24, 2009. CD extras found across the four editions of Ten include: Remaster of original Ten album and remix by producer Brendan O'Brien. Each Ten package will include two versions of the album: the remastered version of the original album PLUS an accompanying remixed version done by the band's long-time producer, Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Audioslave).

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Poison Announces New Studio Album, POISON'D!, to Be Released June 5 by EMI America Records/Capitol

13-Track Album Features Hot New Recordings of Poison's Favorite Rock Classics, Including Hits Originally Recorded by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Cars, Sweet, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and More!

Poison's North American Summer Tour Begins June 12

Poison, one of rock's most iconic and enduring bands, has recorded a new album of cover songs, featuring many of their favorite rock classics. POISON'D, the band's first new studio album since 2002, will be released June 5 on CD and digitally by EMI America Records/Capitol.

Featuring Poison's original members, Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C. DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass), POISON'D presents the band's first new studio recordings since 2002's Hollyweird. Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, POISON'D packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of David Bowie's "Suffragette City," The Cars' "You're Just What I Needed," The Romantics' "What I Like About You," Sweet's "Little Willy," The Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See" and The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers." Some of Poison's best previously recorded covers are also featured on POISON'D, including KISS' "Rock and Roll All Nite," Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" and Loggins and Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance."

"Poison is one of the greatest rock 'n roll bands in the world and, after 20 years, they can slam better than ever," says POISON'D producer Don Was. "They're powerful musicians and very cool guys. We had a lot of fun making this album and I think you can hear it in the grooves -- it's got the jive and is truly alive! I urge everyone to listen to it!"

Following the release of POISON'D, Poison will hit the road again on June 12 for a major North American summer concert tour. Tour dates and details will be announced and posted to the band's official website as they are confirmed. Visit and for the latest Poison news and links to other Poison-related websites.

In July, VH1 will premiere a new reality show, "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels." VH1's description of the show has "the hard-rockin' Poison front man looking for a woman who can truly keep up with his rock-n-roll lifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion -- performing, which has been the reason for and destruction of most of his relationships."

In 1986, Poison released their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In. After years of hard work, touring and controversy, radio and MTV finally took notice of the band and their music, propelling Poison into superstardom. Look What the Cat Dragged In peaked at #3 on the Billboard album charts, charted three singles and sold more than four million copies.

The band's 1988 follow-up, Open Up and Say ... Ahh! went Platinum two weeks after its release. The single "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" hit #1 on Billboard's Singles chart and the album sold more than seven million units. 1990's Flesh & Blood featured a second Gold single, "Unskinny Bop," and the album went multi-Platinum.

In 1991, amidst inner fighting, alcohol, drug abuse and road stories that would make a porn star blush, guitarist C.C. Deville and singer Bret Michaels collided in an all out fist-fight seconds after leaving the stage of the MTV Music Video Awards (right between Cindy Crawford's high heels and Eddie Van Halen's sneakers). C.C. Deville left the band.

Poison continued to tour arenas and amphitheatres and recorded the Platinum Native Tongue and Crack A Smile. After five years of not speaking, Michaels and Deville met up in 1999 and, with their chemistry and friendship quickly rekindled, the band went into the studio to record Power To The People. One of the most successful reunion tours of all time followed the album's release.

Last April, Poison rocketed into the Billboard Top 20 with the #17 debut of the band's 20th anniversary hits collection, The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock (Capitol/EMI). The 18-track hits collection was soon certified gold, and Poison tore through the summer of 2006 on their highly successful "20 Years of Rock" North American concert tour.

To date, Poison has sold more than 25 million records and DVDs worldwide.


1. Little Willy (originally performed by Sweet)
2. Suffragette City (originally performed by David Bowie)
3. I Never Cry (originally performed by Alice Cooper)
4. I Need to Know (originally performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
5. Can't You See (originally performed by The Marshall Tucker Band)
6. What I Like About You (originally performed by The Romantics)
7. Dead Flowers (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
8. Just What I Needed (originally performed by The Cars)
9. Rock and Roll All Nite (originally performed by Kiss)
10. Squeeze Box (originally performed by The Who)
11. Your Mama Don't Dance (originally performed by Loggins & Messina)
12. You Don't Mess Around With Jim (originally performed by Jim Croce)
13. We're An American Band (originally performed by Grand Funk Railroad)

TRACKS 1-8: produced by Don Was - 2007 (new recordings)
TRACK 9: produced by Rick Rubin, Less Than Zero soundtrack - 1987
TRACK 10: produced by Thom Panunzio, Hollyweird - 2002
TRACK 11: produced by Tom Werman, Open Up and Say ... Ahh! - 1988
TRACK 12: produced by Ric Browdie - 1987; bonus track on Look What The Cat Dragged In reissue (2006)
TRACK 13: produced by Don Was, The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock - 2006

Source: EMI America Records/Capitol
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 3, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

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Queen + Paul Rodgers Rock the Cosmos With 2008 Concert Tour

With a new album in the pipeline -- the first new studio album to carry the Queen name since the Freddie Mercury sessions -- Queen is heading back on the road for a four-month tour, once again in the company of musician/singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers who joined the band for the highly successful 2005/2006 world tour, the European leg of which ended with the band's spectacular London Hyde Park open air concert before going on to play the US and Japan.

In all, the band's tour was attended by more than a million people.

Together Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers have recorded their first album's worth of material, jointly written and produced. With the title yet to be disclosed, the album is being readied for release September 1, two weeks ahead of the start of the tour.

The Queen + Paul Rodgers 28-date arena concert tour will take in 14 countries in just seven weeks, and take the band to Northern Eurasia, Central and Southern Europe, and the UK and is expected to wind up at the end of the year with the band's highly anticipated return to South America, the setting of some of its most historic tours in the early 80's.

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R. Kelly on Top of the Charts 'Double Up' is the #1 Selling Album in the Country

Marks His Fifth #1 Pop Debut and Eighth #1 R&B Album

Highest First Week Sales Of The Year For An R&B Solo Artist

R. Kelly's Double Up debuts this week as the #1 selling album on both Billboard's Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The #1 debut of Double Up marks the highest first-week sales of the year for any R&B solo artist.

Double Up is R. Kelly's eighth top 5 debut and his fifth #1 album as a solo artist. The smash first single "I'm A Flirt" has been burning up the charts and radio airwaves for close to 16 weeks. The follow-up single "Same Girl," a duet with Usher, is already Top 10 at urban radio.

The critics have weighed in and Double Up has received knock out praise. Reviews include:

New York Times "... he has affirmed his position as one of the era's greatest ..."

USA Today "... vintage R Kelly ..."

NY Post "... Kelly's not only smooth enough for the ladies, but rough enough for the fellas ..."

The Philadelphia Inquirer "The album provides plenty of examples of the real reason that Kelly's career continues to thrive ... he keeps serving up the hot jams."

US Weekly- "... the smooth vocals and sizzling hip-hop beats are hype- worthy."

Washington Post "[the] microdramas are so masterfully executed that it's easy to forget how great the music is ..."

A prolific songwriter and producer R. Kelly has sold in excess of 36 million albums worldwide. Over the span of his career he has amassed several multi-platinum albums, 12 Play - (6x), R. Kelly - (5x), R. - (8x), TP-2.COM - (4x), Chocolate Factory - (2x), Happy People/U Saved Me - (3x). R. Kelly has collected multiple Grammy, American Music, Billboard and Soul Train awards and has teamed up with some of the biggest artists in the world - Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Young Jeezy, Ciara, and Diddy.

For Double Up R. Kelly expands his hit-making collaborative efforts and enlists a diverse roster of musical guests that includes Usher, Kid Rock, Nelly, Chamillionaire, T.I., T-Pain, Huey, Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, and Swizz Beatz. Double Up is R. Kelly's ninth solo release since his smash solo debut 12 Play.

Source: Jive Records
NEW YORK, June 6, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

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Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson 2008 Concert Tour

After collaborating on the hit single "Because Of You" from the #1 Platinum album, REBA DUETS, music superstars Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson have announced they are joining forces to share one band and one stage for limited engagement tour in early 2008.  Concert attendees can expect to hear each act’s biggest hits and favorite songs performed together for the first time. 

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Reba McEntire's 20th CD, "Reba Duets" New CD

REBA DUETS includes guest appearances by a "who's who" of popular music: Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood. 

REBA DUETS will be released on September 18, 2007.

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Reebok and Jay-Z Team Up

Reebok and Jay-Z Team Up
to Offer One Person an Internship
with Def Jam Records

Willing to Serve Under the Carter Administration?

If So, Jay-Z Wants to Hear From You

Ever wonder what it takes to produce a multi-platinum album, write the perfect lyrics to a hit song or manage an award-winning group? Well, if so, here's your chance to find out.

Once again Jay-Z, in conjunction with Reebok and the S. Carter Academy is out to discover the best and brightest by offering one qualified applicant an internship position at Def Jam Records where Jay-Z serves as president.

The internship program with Def Jam Records is designed to give one applicant the opportunity for real-life work experience in the highly competitive music industry.

The future music mogul selected for the eight- week internship program will work at the Def Jam headquarters in New York City and witness first hand the inner workings of the music business.

Entrants can apply for the Def Jam internship by logging onto and submitting a resume along with an essay answering the question, "Tell us about your career aspirations and how they relate to music?" The deadline to register for the Def Jam internship is August 16, 2005.

In addition to applying for the Def Jam internship, applicants will have the opportunity to take part in the S. Carter Academy Remix Challenge -- an online contest designed to give those interested in music the chance to download an a cappella track by either Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek or Young Gunz and lay their very own beats on them.

Each track will be judged by a panel and a winner will be announced at a later date. The deadline to submit music to the S. Carter Academy Remix Challenge is July 5, 2005. The grand prize winner will receive a one year supply of S. Carter by Rbk footwear which includes the S. Carter Tennis II and S. Carter III.

Available in stores beginning on June 14th, the S. Carter Tennis II takes its lead from old-school, classic tennis shoes. From the City to the Hamptons, the S. Carter Tennis II provides exceptional comfort and style for the consumer looking to relax on the weekends. The S. Carter Tennis II will be available in white/navy colorway for a suggested retail price of $75.

The S. Carter III continues to take design cues from its predecessors, but delivering it with a twist. The S. Carter III is designed for the individual looking for sophistication and high-end style. Featuring rich, soft supple leather coupled with the metal tongue logo, the S. Carter III allows consumers to experience a small taste of Mr. Carter's lifestyle. Hitting stores in white/green/red colorway, these kicks will be available on June 28th for a suggested retail price of $120.

The S. Carter Academy, an online "school without walls," was designed in partnership with Reebok as an extraordinary enclave of creativity, inquiry, and discovery. The S. Carter Academy is the premier online destination for those seeking to train with the best and obtain an elite status in music, fashion and sports. The Academy presents one of the most comprehensive, up- to-date and relevant music, style and sports curriculums available today. The

Def Jam internship is the second of three internships that will be provided by the S. Carter Academy.

Reebok International Ltd. (NYSE:RBK) , headquartered in Canton, MA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment under the Reebok, Rockport, CCM, KOHO, JOFA and Greg Norman Brands and footwear under the Polo Ralph Lauren Brand. Sales for 2004 totaled approximately $3.8 billion.

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Remembering Marvin Hamlisch

By: Michael Levin

The first time I saw Marvin Hamlisch, he was playing piano at Carnegie Hall. It was May 6, 1972 and the occasion was “An Evening With Groucho.” My childhood hero, Groucho Marx, was performing a show of reminiscences, comedy and song, and Hamlisch was his accompanist. The audience, jammed with knowledgeable Groucho-philes, responded favorably to his glissandos and general keyboard mastery.

Over the next couple of years, Groucho’s accompanist and straight man did something even more remarkable than win a string of Emmys, Oscars and Tonys. He completely reshaped the nature of the American musical.

“A Chorus Line” opened in 1974, music by Hamlisch, lyrics by Ed Kliban, stories by the actual dancers themselves. Until “A Chorus Line,” Broadway musicals told big stories about larger-than-life people: the king of Siam; Oklahoma farmers, Russian peasants; ancient Roman notables and slaves.

“A Chorus Line” was the first to focus on the lives of the performers themselves, the individuals behind the makeup and costumes, the ones who lived for the stage and had suffered enough in their childhoods to need an audience to shower them with love.

One of the many haunting moments of “A Chorus Line” is when the dancers, auditioning for a Broadway musical, stand in a row with their headshots in front of their faces. We are human beings, just like you; we’ll do anything to dance for you and entertain you. We’ll give you our lives.

There would never have been an “Avenue Q” or “Rent” or any of the other “reality” musicals without “A Chorus Line.” More importantly, we might never have recognized the humanity, or the dignity, of the non-star performer, without this show.

If you weren’t alive and in New York back in 1975 when it opened, let me set the scene. No one had ever thought of sitting dancers down in a room, turning on a tape recorder (nothing digital back then, kids), and letting them tell the stories of their lives. Of pretending that an absent father was an Indian chief, dancing around the living room. Of rising from an inner-city childhood to a potential career as an elementary school teacher … and suddenly realizing that you haven’t the slightest interest in teaching elementary school and that you may have gotten scholarships to college, but “there ain’t no scholarship to life.” Of a mother digging a father’s girlfriend’s earrings out of the car.

The lyrics were blunt and powerful and raw and real: “I was terrific at a dance, guys were coming in their pants…” “And I thought, shit, Richie…” No one had ever heard words like that on a Broadway stage before. And the music that Hamlisch and Kliban created swept audiences off their feet and created a demand for tickets so huge that the show ran seemingly forever. The show that looked like nothing else on Broadway ran longer than anything ever had on Broadway, and completely changed Broadway and its audience, right down to the present day. “A Chorus Line” made theater, the home of artifice and distortion, real.

Hamlisch then went on a winning streak like no other. He composed music for “The Sting.” “The Way We Were.” Shows. Movies. He won every award you could win, and he did the seemingly impossible: He made the ultimate Brooklyn Jewish name, Marvin Hamlisch, for God’s sake, sexy.

And now he’s gone. It doesn’t make sense that someone who gave voice to so many no longer has a voice of his own.

I can still see him pounding those keys so exuberantly at Carnegie Hall, taking verbal punches from Groucho and gleefully giving as good as he got.

I’ll miss you, Marvin. And thank you again for “A Chorus Line.” You made those in the shadows come to life.

About Michael Levin: New York Times best-selling author Michael Levin runs, America’s leading provider of ghostwritten books. He has written with Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, football broadcasting legend Pat Summerall, FBI undercover agent Joaquin Garcia, and E-Myth creator Michael Gerber.

Marvin, he was a friend of mine
And he could sing a song
His heart in every line
Marvin sang of the joy and pain
He opened up our minds
And I still can hear him say
Aw talk to me so you can see
What's going on
Say you will sing your songs
Forevermore (evermore)

Gonna be some sweet sounds
Coming down on the nightshift
I bet you're singing proud
Oh I bet you'll pull a crowd
Gonna be a long night
It's gonna be all right
On the nightshift
Oh you found another home
I know you're not alone
On the nightshift

Lyrics from “Nightshift” by The Commodores

Ringo Starr gets a star on the Walk of Fame; 2010 concert tour with the 11th All Stars

Ringo Starr is celebrated for the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This event was watched by thousands of fans. It took place in front of Capitol Records, at 1750 Vine in Hollywood, where Ringo's star, the 2401st on the walk, was placed in line with fellow Beatle's George Harrison and John Lennon as well as dear friend Roy Orbison (whose star was celebrated just last week, with Ringo adding "Roy was the hardest act the Beatles ever had to follow").

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a special evening event, and it was a full-on Hollywood style celebration, closing off Hollywood and Vine and using search lights to emblazon the night sky.

Also this year, Ringo Staar and The 11th All Starrs will tour the east coast with a concert that features Edgar Winter on sax and keyboards, Gary Wright on keyboards and Gregg Bissonette on drums. New to the All Starrs are Rick Derringer on Guitar, Richard Page on bass (Mr. Mister) and Wally Palmar on Guitar and Harmonica  (Romantics).

Booked by Dave Hart, the concert tour kicks off on June 24, 2010 at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls Canada. The concert tour includes a July 7 (Ringo's Birthday!) show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City ends at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 7, 2010.

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Ringo Starr Returns to Capitol/EMI With Exclusive Global Signing Agreement

Ringo Starr has signed an exclusive global recording contract with Capitol/EMI, returning to the world's largest independent music company to release and market his new solo recordings, as well as his EMI-managed catalog titles and new catalog compilations.

EMI Music will also make Starr's EMI works available in digital format for the first time on a global basis. On August 28, Starr's EMI catalog, including the albums Sentimental Journey (1970), Beaucoups Of Blues (1970), the platinum-certified Ringo (1973) and gold-certified Goodnight Vienna (1974), will make their digital debuts. Fans will be able to purchase Starr's EMI catalog works from all of EMI's digital distribution partners, and the titles will also be part of EMI's premium download offering (free of digital rights management and in a higher-quality bit rate) from participating retailers. Six Ringo Starr ringtones will also debut on August 28.

On the same date, Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release the first-ever career and label-spanning collection of Starr's best solo recordings, PHOTOGRAPH: The Very Best Of Ringo Starr. To be released physically in CD and Collector's Edition CD/DVD packages and digitally, the new collection presents 20 standout Starr tracks, including seven Top 10 Pop hits, released between 1970 and 2005 by Capitol, Atlantic, Mercury, Boardwalk, Private Music and Koch. The Collector's Edition adds seven never before released film and video clips on DVD, including original promotional films for "It Don't Come Easy," "Sentimental Journey" and "Back Off Boogaloo," among others, and the music video for "Act Naturally" (with Buck Owens).

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Ringo Starr's EMI Catalog Albums to Debut Digitally on August 28

Since he first began his career in the 1960s with The Beatles, Ringo Starr has been one of the world's brightest musical luminaries

On August 28, Starr's four EMI Music catalog albums, Sentimental Journey (1970), Beaucoups Of Blues (1970), the platinum-certified Ringo (1973) and gold-certified Goodnight Vienna (1974) will make their global digital release debuts across all of the world's major digital sales providers. On the same date, six Ringo Starr ringtones will also debut, and Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release the first-ever career and label-spanning collection of Starr's best solo recordings, PHOTOGRAPH: The Very Best Of Ringo Starr.

Starr's EMI catalog will be available in digital form for the first time on a global basis. Fans will be able to purchase Starr's EMI catalog works from all of EMI's digital distribution partners, and the titles will also be part of EMI's premium download offering (free of digital rights management and in a higher-quality bit rate) from participating retailers.

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Ringo Starr's New Studio Album, Liverpool 8, to be Released January 15 by Capitol/EMI

On January 15, 2008 (January 14 internationally), Ringo Starr will release Liverpool 8, his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974's Goodnight Vienna. Liverpool 8 will be available worldwide on CD and digitally, and the album's title track will debut as a digital single on December 4. Starr will launch the album with a hometown performance on January 12 to commence Liverpool's 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.

Liverpool 8, also the title of the album's upbeat, vibrant lead track, "refers to the section of Liverpool where I used to live," explains Ringo. "The song was actually Dave Stewart's idea, as a mini autobiographical travelogue: 'I was a sailor first ... ' and then, 'Liverpool I left you' -- because I did. 'but I never let you down,' which is true." Although Starr and Stewart have known each other for years, this is the first time they have collaborated. It began when Dave asked Ringo to lay down some drums on a track Stewart had done with George Harrison. "After I did the drums I asked Dave to add some guitars to my album, which Mark Hudson and I were working on at Mark's Whatinthewhathe? Studio in LA. After Mark and I parted ways, Dave and I took over producing the record," Starr said. Then added in his trademark wit, "and that's why the credits say: Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson and Over-produced by Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart."

Liverpool 8's 12 original tracks were all co-written by Starr and were recorded in England and in California. "The writing of the records is always the same," Ringo explains, "it's the same group of guys and we all sit together and write about what's happening." That "group of guys" who joined Starr on the album's songwriting and recording are (in alphabetical order): Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Mark Hudson, Sean Hurley, Zac Rae, and Dave Stewart.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces the 12th Annual American Music Masters® Series: Jerry Lee Lewis

2007 series will mark the FIRST time Rock Hall honors a living master - Lewis will be special guest, present at tribute concert The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will celebrate the legacy of one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis, during the 12th Annual American Music Masters® series this November. The weeklong event begins on Monday, November 5, and will feature panels, films, educational programs, an all-day conference at Case and a tribute concert at Playhouse Square’s State Theater.

The tribute concert will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m. at Playhouse Square’s State Theater. Participating artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the tribute concert are $30, $40 and $50.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 19 through and at the Playhouse Square box office (216) 241-6000. 

Few artists represent the energy, spirit and passion of rock and roll music as well as Jerry Lee Lewis. Long considered one of the leading popular music stylists, he ranks among such figures as Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and Jimmie Rodgers. Lewis helped to create the archetype of the rock and roll rebel artist with his mix of musical acumen and unbridled energy.

“It’s a profound honor for my father to be celebrated as the 2007 American Music Master and to be included in the company of previous honorees including Bessie Smith, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie,” said Phoebe Lewis.

Lewis was in the first group of artists ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2004, he was named as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Whether performing an energy-filled rock and roll tune or a melancholy country song, Lewis is master of a wide musical territory. His voice projects an urgent yet polished rhythm and his live-in-the-moment, piano-pounding, bench-kicking stage presence has forever left its mark on rock and roll history.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces presenters for 2008 inductees

New York -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announces the artists who will induct this year’s honorees at a ceremony on March 10, 2008, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City:

The 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released.

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Rosanne Cash Recuperating After Brain Surgery

After undergoing brain surgery on November 27th at New York's Presbyterian Hospital, singer/songwriter/author Rosanne Cash is currently recovering comfortably at her home in New York City. The surgery, to correct a structural problem caused by a rare but benign condition -- Chiari 1 Malformation, was successful and she is expected to make a full recovery.

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Rush World Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow in Atlanta; Madison Square Garden Date Announced; New Single "Spindrift" Impacts Airwaves

Rush -- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart -- kick off their much-anticipated "SNAKES & ARROWS TOUR" on June 13th in Atlanta. The launch of the global trek -- the band's first full-scale world tour since 2004 -- follows an impressive #3 debut on the Billboard 200 for the band's new Anthem/Atlantic album, "SNAKES & ARROWS."

Rush has just announced advance ticket sales for their September 17th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City -- the final U.S. date on the tour (see itinerary). Advance tickets are available through an exclusive Rush fan pre-sale beginning today and ending this Thursday, June 14th. In addition, American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets this week before they go on sale to the general public on June 16th.

With the new album's second single, "Spindrift," now impacting radio, Rush will release a special limited edition vinyl version of "SNAKES & ARROWS" on June 19th. There will be only 5,000 copies of this 2-LP set available, each pressed on 180-gram HQ audiophile vinyl at RTI for the best possible sound.

Rush has also announced that on June 26th, "SNAKES AND ARROWS" will be released as one of the first albums in the new MVI format. MVI (Music Video Interactive) is a DVD-based product that plays in all DVD players, computers, and video game consoles with DVD drives. The Rush release will include the entire "SNAKES AND ARROWS" album in 96kHz/24 bit hi-resolution stereo, the entire album in 5.1 surround sound, and a 45-minute in-studio documentary on the making of the album -- titled "Rush: The Game of Snakes and Arrows."

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Sakamoto Cartier Love Bracelet to Benefit Jane Goodall

Ryuichi Sakamoto has joined the 2007 Cartier LOVECHARITY project by selecting a green silk band to accompany his LOVE bracelet.

The Cartier LOVE bracelet was introduced more than 30 years ago, and has risen to be one of the most coveted jewelry designs in the world. In 2006 alone, more than $1.2 million was donated to eight global charities from the sales of its LOVECHARITY bracelet, spurring the company to create a new LOVECHARITY bracelet for 2007. The goal is to exceed last year's donations as a number of new celebrities join the endeavor.

The 2007 LOVECHARITY bracelet features an 18K white gold miniature LOVE bracelet graced with the word LOVE and accented with two signature screw motifs. It is set into a knotted silk cord available in various colors, with each cord designating support of a unique cause. The bracelet costs $475 with $100 per bracelet benefiting its corresponding charity.

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Sam Taylor, blues singer, dies at 74

Tucson, Arizona's former blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, Sam Taylor, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2009 at the age of 74, in his Islandia, New York home.

Taylor had spent a decade in Tucson, AZ. and was a staple on the local music scene. He left Tucson in 1996 to live with his family in New York.

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Scorpions Ready to Sting With New Album, 'HUMANITY - HOUR 1,' and Concert Tour

SCORPIONS, Germany's most successful international music export, are poised to "sting" once again and are planning a frontal attack on the musical artery of rock fans all over the globe with their new album, HUMANITY - HOUR 1.

Thirty five years after the release of their debut album, LONESOME CROW, SCORPIONS believe they have reached a new creative high in their impressive career. They plan to prove it with the release of album #21 on August 28 (New Door Records/UMe).

The band -- Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitars), Matthias Jabs (lead guitars), James Kottak (drums) and Pawel Maciwoda (bass)- enlisted acclaimed songwriter/producer Desmond Child (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, KISS) and producer James Michael to work behind the boards on the album, which was recorded at several Los Angeles studios. "Desmond is a fabulous visionary who took us to musical levels we had never reached before," declares lead guitarist Jabs.

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Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Penelope Cruz Take Manhattan by Storm

Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Penelope Cruz Take Manhattan by Storm

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Penelope Cruz were spotted in several Manhattan locations yesterday and today being photographed by famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh for the advertising campaign to launch the Sean by Sean Combs women's collection.

The 2-day shoot features Ms. Cruz as the face of the Sean by Sean Combs women's collection and will depict the Spanish Beauty and Harlem-born media mogul as they escape the paparazzi in various locations throughout the city. In a case of life imitating art, the couple attracted the attention of many "real" paparazzi, along with hordes of fans and autograph-seekers.

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NEW YORK, June 28, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Sean John, the world's fastest growing line of sportswear for men, has officially invaded Canada. Aided by appearances by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Sean John apparel hit Montreal, Quebec, on March 28th and Toronto, Ontario, on March 29th, 2005.

In both cities, Mr. Combs conducted several interviews with various media outlets, appeared on local television programs, and met with key retailers in the area.

The Canada tour was meant to bolster sales in the region, where Sean John currently sells mostly at independent boutiques and at many of the best athletic chains in the country, such as Athlete's World, Footlocker, and the premiere sporting store, The Sporting Life.

In addition, Holt Renfrew, Canada's ultimate luxury specialty store, will begin selling Sean John Collection, Sean John's designer collection.

While in Canada, Mr. Combs will appear on Musique Plus and Much Music, the region's equivalents to MTV's "TRL." He will also speak with several key Canadian publications, such as Macleans Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Flare Magazine. In the retail area, Mr. Combs will meet with David Margolis, President of department store Les Ailes de la Mode, and Caryn Lerner, President of Holt Renfrew. Additionally, two lucky contest winners will receive a chance to meet with Mr. Combs. To conclude the Canada tour, Mr. Combs will throw a party in true "P. Diddy" fashion. Beginning at hot spot Rosewater Supper Club in Toronto, the action will then move to Metro.

"Sean John's taking over Canada!" exclaimed Mr. Combs. "We've had the U.S. conquered for a while, now it's time for Canada."

About Sean John
Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and made its fashion debut with a men's sportswear collection for the Spring 1999 season.

In 2004 Sean "P. Diddy" Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men's Wear Designer of the Year.

With annual retail sales in the United States of over $450 million, Sean John is sold in better department and specialty stores across the country as well as select retailers around the world.

Recently, Combs partnered with Weld Wheels Industries and Weld Racing to introduce the Sean John Wheel Collection - a high-end, quality alternative to mainstream custom wheels.

About Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was recently declared "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by Time Magazine and CNN. As Chairman of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG), he oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel and restaurants.

With a collection of businesses whose annual sales are quickly approaching $500 million annually and an employee base of over 300, Mr. Combs is largely responsible for the popular appeal of urban entertainment. Formed in 1994, the flagship company of BBWEG is Bad Boy Records. In 2005, there will be releases from P. Diddy, Black Rob, and Biggie Duets.

Other artists include B5, Boyz N Da Hood, Mase, Carl Thomas, 8Ball & MJG, Mario Winans, and promising up-and-coming artists such as Choppa from Da Band and Cheri Denis. Bad Boy recently moved to 1710 Broadway, New York, which will become the corporate headquarters housing all Combs' business entities.

TORONTO, Canada. March 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/
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Shady Records Forced to Withdraw Lawsuit Against The Source

Shady Records Forced to Withdraw Lawsuit Against The Source to Avoid Public Embarrassment of Impending Trial

Eminem Would Have Had To Take The Stand To Explain Details Behind The Series Of Songs Calling Black People 'N***ers,' 'P**ch M****ys,' and 'Sp**r Ch***ers'

The Source To Announce Its Plans To Release The Full Recordings In The Coming Weeks As Evidence Of Corruption And Corporate Irresponsibility In The Hip-Hop Industry Mounts

On Wednesday, March 23, just two weeks before Eminem was going to have to take the stand and explain the details of a series of songs he made calling Black people "n***ers," "p**ch m****ys," and "sp**r ch***ers," his own company, Shady Records, withdrew a lawsuit they brought against The Source Magazine in 2003, admitting that The Source had done nothing illegal when it played the songs at a press conference and posted snippets on its website.

As The Source originally reported, the songs were recorded in 1993, when Eminem was 21 years old. Eminem had lied and said he was only 16, and also lied about having a breakup with an "African-American" girlfriend, who never existed.

"These guys had us in court for two years now, claiming we were guilty of copyright infringement just because we reported on the racist songs that Eminem made," said David Mays, co-Founder and CEO of The Source.

"Now, they admit that we were right all along, after they spent the past two years telling everyone that The Source has no integrity and that we have a 'personal vendetta' against Eminem. We have had to spend a lot of money in court, not to mention that Interscope Records has pulled millions of dollars of advertising from our magazine and tried to influence others to do the same. And a federal judge watches all of this take place and then allows them to withdraw without any penalty. That is how crazy this situation is."

"It was a cowardly move for Eminem to back out of his lawsuit against us just two weeks before he was going to have to take the stand, but it doesn't surprise me," said Ray Benzino, co-Founder and Chief Brand Executive of The Source. "The fact that he lied about his past and still hasn't had the courage to come out in public and address his racist songs, shows the lack of respect he has for the Hip-Hop community."

"It appears that Eminem's 'copyright infringement' lawsuit was nothing more than a strong-arm attempt to silence The Source's constitutional right to freedom of the press-another attack in Interscope Records' dirty war to cover up the truth about racism and corruption in the Hip-Hop industry," added Mays. In the past 3 weeks, the New York Daily News published a series of editorials where they criticized Interscope's parent company Vivendi Universal Music Group for prospering by "peddling the destructive and the dangerous" and turning "a blind eye" towards violence in the industry.

The Daily News went on to call for stockholders to demand an explanation from Vivendi Universal's top management. Reverend Al Sharpton also recently announced his intent to buy stock in record companies so he can get some answers on how they plan to stop violence in the Hip-Hop industry. Sharpton met last week with FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to address the role of radio stations and their dj's in inciting violence by allowing rappers to taunt each other over the public airwaves.

In a shocking investigative report to be published in the upcoming May issue, The Source Magazine and its staff of Hip-Hop truthseekers uncover startling facts that suggest the recent "truce" between 50 Cent and The Game was a staged publicity event, and expose the role of Interscope president Jimmy Iovine in producing the song "Rock n Roll N***er" in 1978.

The Source is the most widely-recognized and well-respected brand name in communications for Hip-Hop fans across the globe, earned through The Source Magazine's role as the most trusted media voice for the Hip-Hop movement for over 16 years.

The Source is the #1 selling music magazine on newsstands in America, reaching nearly 9 million readers per month. Co-founder and CEO David Mays, along with Co-founder and Chief Brand Executive Raymond Scott, have successfully built The Source business brand into a renowned trademark, with extensions in music, television and consumer products such as clothing and DVD's.

NEW YORK, March 28, 2005 /PRNewswire/
Source: The Source Magazine

ShowScoop, a Website for Concert Reviews, Launches

In the blistering heat of the Southern California desert at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, festivalgoers were buzzing about a new music-based Internet start-up called ShowScoop, a startup for concert reviews targeted at music lovers and concertgoers.

According to CEO Micah Smurthwaite, ShowScoop - which is currently accepting invite requests - is comparable to a “Yelp for concerts,” and is a network where users can rate and review artists, concerts and music festivals they have seen or attended.

“We’ve all been to shows where we were disappointed in a live performance, or surprised how good an artist is live,” said Smurthwaite. “ShowScoop taps into the wisdom of crowds and you can see quantitatively how an artist performs across a spectrum of categories. We use review sites for so many purchasing decisions; why aren’t we using review websites for concerts?”

At Coachella, the ShowScoop team distributed pairs of branded blue-and-white sunglasses and packs of sunscreen to eager music fans.

“If you came to Coachella and forgot sunglasses or sunscreen, it would ruin your weekend. We wanted to hook people up with what is most valuable in the desert,” said Smurthwaite.

The response to the free merchandise was overwhelmingly positive, with 5,000 pairs of sunglasses given out to festival attendees trying to survive the heat. By the end of the festival's third day, the glasses were worn throughout the venue, impossible to miss with their bright colors and the ShowScoop logo proudly emblazoned on the side.

In addition, ShowScoop's promotional efforts initiated a substantial social media presence. With over 750 Facebook Likes generated since the beginning of the festival, ShowScoop's social media influence has reached more than 15,000 people, according to Facebook analytics. Along with Facebook, the website also launched platforms on Twitter and Instagram.

“The power of social media is in making those connections and building a real network. Using each of these social platforms has created that instant network for ShowScoop, and hopefully our visibility compounds in the future,” said Smurthwaite.

ShowScoop is an online concert-going community based in San Diego, Calif. that allows users to keep track of and review concerts, artists and festivals they have attended, as well as create a music network to see their friends’ reviews.

Sinead O'Connor to Perform Songs From "Theology" on Her Upcoming World Tour

Sinead O'Connor will be performing songs from her new album, "Theology," as well as her greatest hits, many of which she has not performed in years, during her upcoming world tour (full itinerary TBA).

Prior to the tour, Sinead will premiere songs from "Theology" to stateside audiences during two intimate acoustic concerts in New York City and Los Angeles in late June. O'Connor last performed in the U.S. in November 2005 when she toured with legendary Jamaican musicians Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare in support of her reggae-influenced "Throw Down Your Arms" album.

O'Connor recently finished rehearsals in London with her band which includes long-time collaborator and producer John Reynolds (Brian Eno, Bjork) on drums, Clare Kenny (Shakespears Sister, Edwyn Collins) on bass guitar, symphonic concert cellist Caroline Dale (David Gray) on electric cello, multi-instrumentalist Kieran Kiely (The Corrs) on keyboards, accordion, flute and veteran guitarist Kevin Armstrong (David Bowie, Thomas Dolby, Iggy Pop).

Sinead said, "It's totally exciting to be looking at touring the world with such a killer band and doing many of my favorite songs along with ones from my new album, 'Theology.'" The world tour kicked off with a triumphant homecoming at Dublin Castle on May 6 to a capacity crowd of more than 4,500 ecstatic fans.

Influenced by a wide variety of musical and literary sources which have helped shape her aesthetic consciousness since childhood, O'Connor composed the majority of the songs on "Theology," a special double-album set which was recorded as an acoustic album in Dublin and an electric album in London. It will be released on Tuesday, June 26 via KOCH Records.

This is the first album with mainly her own material since her fifth full-length album, "Faith and Courage," which was released in 2000.

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Singer/Songwriter Kyle Lardner To Release Her Debut CD 'Sail Among The Stars' on Little Dizzy Records / Warrior / Universal Musi

19 year-old Kyle Lardner is a performer truly invested in her craft. Her songs generate emotion and a unique thought provoking style. Her debut new CD album "Sail Among The Stars" is due in stores September 25, 2007.

The CD heaves listeners into the depths of the artist's soul. The record's transcendent quality blurs the boundaries of multiple genres with complex layering and a unique blending of lighter pop melodies intertwined with dark, raw lyrical content. The refreshing honesty of her work touches upon a range of emotions. The first single, "The Blanket Song" is lush with emotion and pretty harmonies. Lardner says,

"The song is about my first relationship ... a summer romance and I was in love!" Another groundbreaking song on the CD entitled "Costa Rica" is an allegory. Lardner explains, "Costa Rica is the guy I want to escape with. It has double meaning. It was supposed to be a sad song but in the end the real meaning came through." Lardner's debut CD "Sail Among The Stars" offers listeners a candid look into an insightful spirited young mind.

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Sony BMG Music Entertainment Announces the Release of 'ELVIS - THE COMPLETE '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL'

In June of 1968 Elvis Presley saved his career and made the best music of his life. These accomplishments are attributed to the legendary "ELVIS" TV Special.

The Special which was sponsored by Singer Sewing Machines was the first time that Elvis had performed in front of a live audience in 7 years. Clad in his trademark black leather suit Elvis performed for hours.

The edited 60 minute version aired on December 4th 1968 on NBC. It was the network's highest ratings and the season's number-one rated show. The "ELVIS" Special was so successful not only for NBC but also for Elvis' career that it is more commonly referred to as the infamous "'68 Comeback Special" and has become a major moment in music history.

On August 5th, Sony BMG celebrates the 40th anniversary of the legendary Special with the release of a deluxe 4 CD set entitled "ELVIS - THE COMPLETE '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL."

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Sony Music Nashville Becomes First Country Label to Score Three #1 Albums by Debut Artists

With today's #1 debut on the Country chart of Miranda Lambert's first album, "Kerosene," Sony Music Nashville has claimed the title as the only country record label in history to have three debut albums by new artists to enter the Country album chart in the coveted #1 spot.

Since taking over the reins of Sony Music Nashville in 2003, President John Grady and his team have had an impressive string of new artists debut at #1 on the Country chart, including Buddy Jewell in 2003, Gretchen Wilson in 2004 and, most recently, Miranda Lambert.

"In a field where breaking new artists is a very important part of what we do, along with further building the careers of our superstars, this week's #1 album by Miranda Lambert marks yet another high point for one of the most creative teams in Nashville today," commented Don Ienner, President and CEO, Sony Music Label Group, U.S.

"During his two years with the company, John Grady has taken chances on some very talented artists that didn't necessarily fit the mold. He has combined a dedication to artistry with a strong understanding of the marketplace, and in the process he's brought real success to Gretchen Wilson, Buddy Jewell and now Miranda Lambert. They are doing a great job, and with the Van Zant debut coming soon, they're set to do it again."

In the Soundscan era, only six new country artists' debut albums have entered at #1 on the country album chart. Sony's recent achievement marks the first time a country label has achieved three consecutive years of breaking new artists in the top spot on their initial entry onto the country album charts.

"I am so proud of Miranda and all of the artists we work with at Sony," states John Grady, President, Sony Music Nashville. "When we started working here, Mark Wright and I said, the one business condition we could change around here, is the music we have and the artists we sign. It seems that our consumer base agrees with our A & R decisions."

When Buddy Jewell entered the chart with his self-titled debut album at #1 in June 2003, it had been seven years since a new country artist had entered the chart in the top spot. His album is now Gold. Last year's phenomenal break out artist, Gretchen Wilson has sold over 4 million copies of her debut disc that came out of the gate in May 2004 in the #1 position. Miranda Lambert's critically acclaimed Kerosene follows in the successful footsteps of Jewell and Wilson as she claims the top spot on country charts this week.

Source: Sony Music Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 23, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Acquires Leiber Stoller Catalogue

Sony/ATV Music Publishing today announced that it has acquired the legendary catalogue of award-winning songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

The Leiber Stoller catalogue contains more than 40 Top 40 hits, including "Stand By Me," "Poison Ivy," "Is That All There Is?," "Love Potion #9" and some of the greatest songs that are part of the Elvis Presley legend, including "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock." Sony/ATV Music Publishing is co- owned by Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson.

"I have always been a great fan of this amazing catalogue," said Martin N. Bandier, Chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing. "These songs can only be described as gems that help define American music. I am looking forward to exploring ways to introduce them to a whole new generation and to working with Jerry and Mike, who are two of the most prolific and successful songwriters of all time."

"This is an important and exciting acquisition for Sony/ATV Music Publishing," said Rob Wiesenthal, Chief Financial Officer, Sony Corporation of America, and Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Sony Entertainment Inc. "This catalogue traces decades of rock and roll history, and we look forward to further increasing its value for the company going forward."

"I am delighted that we were able to acquire the Leiber Stoller catalogue," said Michael Jackson. "The songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller have defined an era, and the artists who have recorded their work reads like a who's who of rock and roll."

Leiber and Stoller, who have worked together for more than 50 years, have been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, the Record Producers' Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They also share a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"As an innovative and independent music publishing company, Sony/ATV provides the perfect home for our work," said Mike Stoller. "I am confident that the team at Sony/ATV will give the necessary focus and attention to our songs, creating fresh and innovative ways to promote our work."

Jerry Leiber added, "I am pleased to join Sony/ATV Music Publishing's extensive roster of great composers, including Lennon and McCartney, Roy Orbison, and Hank Williams."

Key songs from the Leiber and Stoller catalogue include:

Stand By Me, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Kansas City, Love Potion #9, Jackson, Is That All There Is?, Lucky Lips, Yakety Yak, Love Me, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, I'm A Woman, I Keep Forgettin', Don't, Spanish Harlem, Loving You, Searchin', Poison Ivy, Charlie Brown, Ruby Baby, I (Who Have Nothing), Trouble, Treat Me Nice, There Goes My Baby, Dance With Me, Little Egypt, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Young Blood, You're The Boss, She's Not You, Regulate, Saved, Pearl's A Singer, Smokey Joe's Café, Riot In Cell Block # 9, King Creole, Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots (L'Homme a la Moto), Bossa Nova Baby, Down Home Girl and Drip Drop.

About Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sony/ATV Music Publishing was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson. Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns or administers over 400,000 copyrights by such artists as the Beatles, Beck, Brooks & Dunn, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Mann, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Richie Sambora, Stephen Stills, KT Tunstall and Hank Williams, among others. It is not part of the Sony BMG Music Entertainment venture. On the web:

Source: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
NEW YORK, April 17, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

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Spinning with DJ Charlie White

By: K.Kirker

He rocked the stage alongside Justin Timberlake & FreeSol; now get to know DJ Charlie White as he stands out solo in our interview…

I was lucky enough to catch a show back in September that had this awesome DJ opening for FreeSol & Justin Timberlake. I was on my feet dancing and having a good time and it wasn’t even the main act yet!! Who do I owe the awesome music choice and booty shaking to?? The one and only DJ Charlie White!!

1.  So how did you get into being a DJ??

I happened to be the kid at middle school parties who took the music selection overly serious.  I wanted to make pre mix CDs for these small get-togethers that us 12 year olds would plan.  It just happened to translate to something I wanted to do the older I got.  Middle school parties became high school, then college, then on tour in front of larger crowds.  It allowed me to express myself musically.  I gave the trumpet a chance from about 5th to 9th grade, but DJing was my passion.

2.  What gave u the initial push??

I loved the art of turntablism and using scratching/DJing as an instrument.  I loved bands like Incubus who also used a DJ in their live show. That’s probably why I am so comfortable touring with a live band.

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Legendary artist, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, it was announced today by NAACP Image Awards Executive Producer, Vicangelo Bulluck. The prestigious Hall of Fame Award will be presented during “The 39TH NAACP Image Awards” in Los Angeles. The awards ceremony will air live on Thursday, February 14 (8:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX-TV.

Image Awards Chairperson Clayola Brown said, “Stevie Wonder is an amazing performer whose extraordinary music and positive attitude has been embraced by people of all races and cultures. One of the most successful and well respected entertainers in the world, we are delighted that he will be present to accept this honor.”

Dennis Hayes, interim president and CEO of the NAACP noted, “Mr. Wonder is a true entertainer and role model in the entertainment world and beyond. His music has attracted wide audience appeal and has influenced generations and we are proud to bestow this honor on him."

The Hall of Fame Award is bestowed on an individual who is a pioneer in his or her respective field and whose influence will shape the profession for generations to come. This individual is recognized for his or her impact nationally and internationally and for a career which exemplifies high artistic achievement, professionalism and public service.

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Summer of Love 40th Anniversary - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” in which the hippies frolicked, wore beads and fought to end THE WAR, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has six relevant exhibits and displays.

1967 was a musical high water mark with many of the most legendary rock and roll musical artists of all time doing their best work. The Rock Hall’s exhibits, displays and lectures perfectly cover all aspects of that incredible watershed summer in American Pop Culture.

Forty years later, the collection of exhibits and displays at the Rock Hall offer incredible perspective on music, politics and culture.

Other notable museums like The Whitney are also launching exhibits on the Summer of Love but it’s the Rock Hall which connects the visitor to the time through the music itself. It’s the perfect rock and roll travel story – people will be coming from all over the country to share their experiences of the Summer of Love with their kids and grandkids; other music fans will come to discover this important era themselves for the first time.

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Summer Of Love' 40th Anniversary Celebration Gets Underway With Releases From Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape and The Remains

The Summer Of Love that brought Sgt. Pepper, "White Rabbit," "Brown Eyed Girl," "Up, Up and Away," "Ode to Billie Joe," Monterey Pop, and other musical touchstones is approaching its 40th anniversary.

With commemorations in the works at nearly every media outlet, Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, is letting its freak flag fly with a campaign in celebration of an era that changed the world.

Three brand new titles are set to arrive in stores on May 15, 2007.

Sweeping Up the Spotlight: Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969 (RCA/Legacy) was recorded in November, the same month the band's landmark Volunteers was released. This previously unissued 61-minute set finds the classic lineup at their peak, performing a great set list ("Volunteers," "Good Shepherd," "Plastic Fantastic Lover," "The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil," "White Rabbit," much more), plus several songs not found on any JA albums. The package includes introductory liner notes by band member Jorma Kaukonen.

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Taylor Hicks, Self-Titled First Album on Arista Records/19 Recordings, Due in Stores on December 12th

The 36.4 million tv viewers who watched the May 24th finale of the fifth season of FOX's American Idol, and the "Soul Patrol!" legions who cast more than 63.4 million votes for the winning performer, have their calendars marked for the December 12th in-store arrival of TAYLOR HICKS.

His self-titled first album on Arista Records/19 Recordings reaffirms the eternal power of soul, pop and R&B in the hands of a new young star, who prompted Vibe magazine to rave (in the November issue), "Taylor Hicks is the embodiment of the last fifty years of popular music."

Since completing the album, Taylor has made tv appearances on ABC's 20/20, the American Music Awards, and NBC's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony from Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Upcoming tv includes: NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Dec. 1st); ABC's Good Morning America (5th), Live with Regis & Kelly (6th), and The View (11th); CBS's The Early Show (12th); MTV's TRL Countdown, the syndicated Martha Stewart Living and Dr. Phil, and TNT's "Christmas In Washing ton" (all on the 13th); and NBC's The Megan Mullally Show (14th).

There will also be a full complement of pieces to run the week of release on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Extra, the E! channel, and CNN. The 4-page cover story spread in People magazine (June 12th issue) ignited a six-month avalanche of press coverage, everywhere from Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, to the New York Times, the New York Post, and Life. Across the web, campaigns have been formulated to include Internet portals AOL Music, Yahoo! Music, ClearChannel Music,, Real/Rhapsody/Rolling, MySpace, Google, and more.

TAYLOR HICKS digs deep into the blues-drenched roots of Birmingham, Alabama's favorite son, a singer and songwriter whose song choices every week never strayed from the soul music he holds so dear. Virtually every new song on the album was 'Taylor-made' for the artist, starting with "Dream Myself Awake," written by Rob Thomas, and "Give Me Tonight," which Taylor and Serletic co-wrote with Matt's friend Kevin Kadish and hit songwriter Kara Dioguardi.

Hitmaker supreme Diane Warren contributed "Places I've Been"; while "The Maze" was written by the same duo who penned Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn." And Taylor's fans will be delighted to hear that he has re-recorded new versions of self penned "Soul Thing" and "The Deal," two songs that previously appeared on his second indie album Under the Radar.

The new album was produced by two-time Grammy Award-winner Matt Serletic, whose multi-platinum track record with matchbox twenty & Rob Thomas, Santana, Willie Nelson, Collective Soul and Aerosmith made him the perfect choice for the project. That chemistry is evident throughout, from the opening feel-good up-tempo groove of "The Runaround," the dramatic ballad "Just To Feel That Way," and the heartfelt closing number, "The Right Place," which was originally written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for Ray Charles to record before his death. Taylor considers it an honor to have had the opportunity to make this song his own.

Along with Taylor's heroes, Otis Redding, James Brown, and Sam Cooke, the memory of Ray Charles is always centerstage -- and can be heard on "Heaven Knows," whose riffs pays homage to Ray's "What'd I Say" and Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar," the Motown classic written by Smokey Robinson. The album's next track, "Gonna Move," comes from another personal favorite of Taylor's, revered singer-songwriter Paul Pena (composer of Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner"). It is followed by an early Marvin Gaye composition, "Wherever I Lay My Hat" (a hit for Paul Young in the '80s).

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NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Taylor Swift wins four at the 43rd Annual Academy of CMA Awards

Before Taylor Swift even enters her 20s, she adds four CMA Awards to her collection, winning country music awards for Entertainer, Female Vocalist, Album and Music Video of the Year at “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” which aired live on the ABC Television Network and before a sold-out crowd at the Sommet Center in Downtown Nashville on Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

By winning Entertainer of the Year, 19-year-old Swift is the youngest performer to ever win the honor and the first female to win since Shania Twain in 1999. “I’ll never forget this moment,” an emotional Swift said, “because at this moment everything that I have ever wanted just happened to me.”

Accepting the Female Vocalist Award, Swift poked fun at her famed Kanye West interruption experience: “I want to thank every single person here tonight for not running up on stage during this speech.”

Fearless , Swift’s five-time Platinum sophomore release, produced by Swift and Nathan Chapman, was named Album of the Year, “This album is my diary, and so for all the people who voted for it, thank you for saying you like my diary,” Swift said. “The fans, you made this album into what it is.” In the pre-telecast ceremony, Swift picked up the Music Video of the Year Award for “Love Story,” her Jane Austen-inspired fairytale directed by Trey Fanjoy.

Swift kicked off “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with “Forever & Always” from Fearless. Later in the broadcast, Swift, with only her guitar and surrounded by former classmates, performed new current single “Fifteen.”

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The 41st Annual CMA Awards' to be Broadcast Live November 7 on the ABC Television Network

The Country Music Association and ABC Television Network have announced that "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" will air live Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on ABC from Nashville, Tenn.

"The CMA Awards is 'Country Music's Biggest Night' and is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "It's a night to applaud our best and brightest performers, songwriters, record producers and music video directors. And we are ready to make this the most outstanding Awards broadcast to date."

The CMA Awards moved from September to November Sweeps in 2003 and the placement right before the important holiday retail sales season has been good for the Country Music industry. 2003 also marked the last time the Awards were held on Wednesday. In 2007, the CMA Awards moves back to Wednesday night.

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The Academy Is... Announces "Sleeping With Giants" Fall Headline Tour

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group The Academy Is... has unveiled initial details of their eagerly anticipated fall tour.

The coast-to-coast headline trek -- dubbed the "Sleeping With Giants Tour" -- will take off September 5th in Milwaukee, with dates running non-stop through a Chicago hometown finale on November 28th. A full itinerary and on-sale information will be announced shortly. Joining The Academy Is... on the trip will be special guests The Rocket Summer, Sherwood, and the band's longtime friends, Armor For Sleep.

Selected as one of AOL Music's "Breakers," The Academy Is... is now on the road wowing crowds as part of this year's Honda Civic Tour alongside Fall Out Boy, +44, Paul Wall, and Cobra Starship. The massive 42-city itinerary will continue to travel North America through July 2nd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Next, The Academy Is... will pave the way for its "Sleeping With Giants Tour" with an eagerly anticipated Australian trek and performances at two of the planet's most legendary festivals. On August 11th and 12th, the band will hit Japan for the annual Summer Sonic extravaganza in Tokyo and Osaka.

From there, it's off to England for performances at the world-renowned Carling Weekend at Reading and Leeds on August 25th and 26th.

The fall headlining tour will be preceded by the release of a new single, "Everything We Had." Culled from the band's acclaimed new album, "SANTI," the track will impact radio outlets nationwide on July 9th.

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The Allman Brothers Band to feature live, 15-Day Webcast of Band's 40th Anniversary Concert Series

The live performance will be web-casting the Allman Brothers Band's 40th anniversary 15-date concert series. The concert is live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City and starts Monday, March 9, 2009. Each three-hour concert has celebrity musicians in tribute to Duane Allman, the band's original leader, who passed away in 1971.

The online Internet webcast format lets musicians enhance their visibility and revenues. This new format eliminates costly music production expenses and music distribution channels.

The Allman Brothers band is using Onstream's pay-per-view commerce capabilities to charge a fee for individuals to view all 15 concerts live. The events will also be archived for subsequent playback and subscribers can replay any of the concerts for 6 months following the live event.

Tthe entire 15 show series at the Beacon Theatre is sold out. The on-line webcast is now the only way for Allman Brothers fans to experience the entire concert series.

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The Cure Postpone North American Concert Tour

The Cure have posted a message on their website announcing the postponement of the band's fall U.S.tour.

"With all apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment it may cause, we have made a decision to move the September/October 2007 North American Cure shows to April/May 2008. The schedule as it stands only gives us a couple of weeks to finish our new album before we hit the road again, and we know this just isn't enough time to complete the project to our total satisfaction."

Fear not Cure fans, all tickets purchased for the 2007 fall tour will be honored for the rescheduled date. Similarly, anyone looking for a refund will be offered one. Details on refunds/rescheduled dates will be announced shortly.

The Cure will still be headlining the San Francisco Download Festival October 6th, will be performing at the MTV Latin America Awards October 18th and will still be playing the three Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes shows October 20th/21st/22nd.

Look for The Cure to release a new album on Suretone/Geffen Records in April 2008!

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The Jagermeister Music Tour Presents: The Cult

The Fall 2007 installment of the hugely popular Jagermeister Music Tour will take a totally new turn with rock favorites, The Cult. The Tour kicks off on October 17th and runs through mid-December.

The tour coincides with the release of the multi-platinum band's highly anticipated forthcoming release, Born Into This, set to hit on October 2nd via Roadrunner Records in conjunction with The Cult's imprint label, New Wilderness. This is the band's first new studio album since 2001 and was recorded in London with producer Youth (Verve, Primal Scream).

The Cult, one of Britain's premier rock bands, has continuously broken through genres and defied classification with hit songs like "She Sells Sanctuary," "Rain," and "Love Removal Machine." Ian Astbury's distinct vocals and Billy Duffy's soaring, r