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“Freddy was an icon for country music and the American dream. While recording a duet of “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” with Freddy this year, it was evident that he still had the fire that burns in the belly of “true” artists. It was the first time I have ever had chill bumps in a studio. He was a champion and a warrior and now he has become my hero. Thank you my friend….save a spot in heaven for me in your angel band.” – Clay Walker, friend and fellow musician.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

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iTunes Music Store Downloads Top One Billion Songs

Scholarship at Juilliard School of Music to Be Created

Grammy125x125Apple (R) today announced that one billion songs have been legally downloaded from the iTunes(R) Music Store since it was launched less than three years ago.

The billionth song "Speed of Sound" was purchased as part of Coldplay's X&Y album by Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan and as the grand prize winner he will receive a 20-inch iMac (R), 10 fifth generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card good for any item on the iTunes Music Store. In addition, Apple will establish a scholarship to the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music in his name to commemorate this milestone.

"I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we've achieved together during the past three years," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the Internet."

With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated video and 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 and videos online. The iTunes Music Store now features a selection of over 3,500 music videos, Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, 35,000 podcasts, 16,000 audiobooks and more than two million songs from the major music companies and independent record labels.

The iTunes Music Store is also the world's most popular video download store with more than 15 million videos purchased and downloaded. iTunes offers over 60 popular TV shows for just $1.99 for viewing on a computer or iPod and recently added new hit programming from ABC, Bravo, NBC, MTV Networks and SHOWTIME.

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, iMac and iPod are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trade- marks of their respective owners.

Source: Apple Computer, Inc.
CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Podcast
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J, Epic, and Legacy Records Join in the Release of the Ultimate Luther Vandross

Career Spanning CD Features Two Previously Unreleased Tracks With Sixteen Classic Recordings

First Ever Collection of J and Epic Hits

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Jagermeister Serves Up Chimaira Arch Enemy Concert Tour!

Metal heads, head bangers, and metal fiends, get ready for one of the heaviest, most hard-hitting tours of all time! Jagermeister Liqueur is pumped to present Chimaira and Arch Enemy for their Spring Tour 2006.

The tour will kickoff on April 3rd in Denver, Colorado. Nevermore and God Forbid will share the main support spot and Hate Eternal rounds out the bill as opener.

Roadrunner Records' recording artists, Chimaira, have long been fans of Jagermeister and vice versa. The Cleveland-based heavy-metal sextet had an amazing 2005, celebrating the success of their latest album, Chimaira. The band has fine-tuned and honed their style so deftly that this album and their live shows truly represent everything they are poised to become as this monster is unleashed on the heavy metal world.

"We couldn't be happier that Jagermeister approached us about sponsoring this incredible line-up," says Chimaira frontman, Mark Hunter. "We have been a Jagermeister band for over five years and we have some great stories thanks to them, so cheers to Jagermeister and another five years of touring mayhem!"

Arch Enemy make their much-anticipated return to the US in support of their most successful album ever, the stunning Doomsday Machine (Century Media), which hit the Billboard Top 100 off the back of their triumphant slot on Ozzfest 2005. Acclaimed for their lethal cocktail of melody and brutality, the awesome guitar and drumming of Arch Enemy is complemented by the "Queen of Extreme," Angela Gossow on vocals. The band are no strangers to working with Jagermeister on tour, having been the opening act to Hatebreed and the mighty Slayer in back in 2003.

Says lead guitarist Michael Amott, "This package has to be one of the most exciting contemporary metal bills touring in America so far this year, and we're proud to be a part of it and happy to be working again with Jagermeister."

Seattle's Nevermore has been around the metal scene for over a decade and has just released its latest, This Godless Endeavor (Century Media Records), an album determined to become a future classic of the metal movement. Century Media Records' God Forbid triumphantly return with IV: Constitution Of Treason, their most dynamic and devastating offering yet. This mighty New Jersey-based quintet have now forged their own unique path and stretched their musical boundaries to the very limit while creating a thought-provoking conceptual opus that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Finally, Earache Records' Hate Eternal leads an all-out precision assault with their death metal. Their latest album, I, Monarch, is a crushing blow of musical force. Expect to do some serious head banging!

Jagermeister continues its strong and steady support of music and up-and-coming musicians ... the louder the better! On the hunt for innovative line-ups that offer fans a chance to see some of the best music going, Jagermeister is pleased to bring Chimaira and Arch Enemy together on this Tour. In the tradition of Jagermeister Music, fans can expect great music as well as some great giveaways including Jagermeister compilation CDs, t-shirts, hats, and more!* Tickets on sale soon! Get ready to rage! For more information, visit http://www.jagermusic.com/ or http://www.jager.com/.

About Jagermeister

Imported from Germany and made with herbs and spices, Jagermeister is the most popular shot brand in the United States and the leading imported cordial. Known for its creative marketing and innovative promotions, Jagermeister is proud to be a part of the music scene and an active supporter of up-and-coming musicians. Jagermeister is imported by Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. of New Rochelle, NY who encourages all those 21 and over to drink responsibly.
* Must be 21 or over to be eligible for prizes. Giveaways and raffle
prizes are subject to state and local laws and are not available in
California and may not be available at other shows.

For more information, contact:
Sarah Zeiler
(619) 857-2774
szeiler@sidneyfrank.com


JAGERMEISTER PRESENTS CHIMAIRA AND ARCH ENEMY
TOUR DATES*

Mon/Apr-03 DENVER, CO GOTHIC
Wed/Apr-05 PHOENIX, AZ MARQUEE
Thu/Apr-06 SAN DIEGO, CA HOUSE OF BLUES
Fri/Apr-07 LOS ANGELES, CA HOUSE OF BLUES
Sat/Apr-08 ANAHEIM, CA HOUSE OF BLUES
Sun/Apr-09 SAN FRANCISCO, CA FILLMORE
Tue/Apr-11 PORTLAND, OR ROSELAND
Wed/Apr-19 MINNEAPOLIS, WI FIRST AVE
Thu/Apr-20 MILWAUKEE, WI RAVE
Fri/Apr-21 COLUMBUS,OH NEWPORT MUSIC HALL
Sat/Apr-22 DETROIT, MI HARPOS
Mon/Apr-24 CHICAGO, IL HOUSE OF BLUES
Sat/Apr-29 WORCESTER, MA NEW ENGLAND METAL FEST
Sun/Apr-30 WASHINGTON DC 9:30 CLUB
Thu/May-04 ATLANTA, GA MASQUERADE
Sat/May-06 PITTSBURGH, PA MR SMALLS

* More dates to be announced. Dates and venues subject to change. Check
local listings.

Source: Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., March 13, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
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By Steve Starr

The luminous star, one of the most famous people in the world, entered the beautiful room and stepped onto the Rumba stage as adoring friends, press, and affiliates went wild with thunderous applause while screaming their admiration for the international icon. 

Janet Jackson(Photo: left) Janet Jackson and her confection by Crazy Cakes of Chicago. Photo by Steve Starr

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Japanese Female Trio Rin' to Perform Select Showcases Nationwide in Support of Their U.S. Album Debut "Inland Sea," Just Out on Domo Records

Tour Begins With Two High-Profile Bicoastal Dates:

Los Angeles: May 11 at the Temple Bar With Special Guest Lisa Loeb

New York: May 17 at Arlene's Grocery With Special Guest Leigh Nash

In-Store With Leigh Nash to Take Place May 16 at Borders in White Plains, New York

The vibrant and immensely talented beauties of the unique female trio Rin' -- Mana, Tomoca and Chie -- are stars in their native Japan for their subtle and ethereal sound, which seamlessly blends the essence of traditional Japanese instruments with a framework of contemporary western popular music. Their U.S. debut album "Inland Sea" -- featuring guest vocals from Lisa Loeb and Leigh Nash -- was released on L.A.-based Domo Records last month. Now, the girls are embarking on a series of Stateside showcases at some of the country's hottest clubs, leading with dates in Los Angeles and New York that feature Loeb and Nash, respectively, to help celebrate Rin's first-ever U.S. tour.

Rin's initial showcase is set for Thursday, May 11 at Los Angeles' hip Westside venue Temple Bar, whose "Eastern meets Urban"-themed décor provides the perfect backdrop. The 9PM performance will feature special guest Lisa Loeb, who memorably vocalizes on "Inland Sea's" infectious lead single, "Anti Hero," her voice dreamily dancing over Rin's gentle but staccato rhythms. Singer-songwriter Loeb is famously known for her 1994 debut #1 smash "Stay," and her recent reality series "#1 Single" was an E! Channel hit. Temple Bar is located at 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; for tickets and information, log on to www.templebarlive.com or call 800-594-8499.

In New York City, Rin' will be joined by special guest Leigh Nash for a 7PM showcase on Wednesday, May 17 at the lower East Side hotspot -- and former bodega -- Arlene's Grocery. Previously lead vocalist for Sixpence None The Richer, Nash is featured on three of "Inland Sea's" songs -- "I Never Knew What Love Meant," "New Day Rising" and "Sea Of Tranquility," her voice surfing effortlessly over Rin's atmospheric wave of sound. Arlene's Grocery is located at 95 Stanton St., NYC, 10002; for tickets and information, log on to www.arlenesgrocery.net or call 212-995-1652.

Prior to the show at Arlene's Grocery, Rin' and Leigh Nash will travel to White Plains, New York to perform at Borders on May 16. Borders is located at 60 S. Broadway. The performance will begin at 7:30.

Rin's U.S. debut album "Inland Sea" was produced by rock/pop veteran Jimmy Harry (Kylie Minogue, Lisa Loeb, Lindsay Lohan, etc), who first saw Rin' play live in Tokyo in 2004. He remembers, "They really impressed me with their musicianship -- they're badass, they play so well." Mana, Tomoca and Chie -- who have all played music since childhood -- first met as students at Tokyo's National University of Fine Arts and Music. United by their love for timeless Japanese instruments as well as for western stars including Destiny's Child and John Lennon, they formed a group soon after graduating. "The thousand year spirit in our instruments," says Rin', "has a soul that needs to be heard."

While they've performed major concerts throughout Asia and other parts of the world, Rin' has only played live in the United States twice -- once at Washington, D.C.'s famed Cherry Blossom Festival, and at NYC's Knitting Factory. Their upcoming showcases in Los Angeles and New York mark their first-ever tour of the U.S.

Established in 1994, Los Angeles-based Domo Records is guided by founder Eiichi Naito's mission, "To provide a home for both the creators and aficionados of quality music beyond the borders of categorization." The label's diverse roster encompasses world music, new age, jazz, rock, soundtrack releases and more, and is home to artists including the legendary composer and musician Kitaro, Agatsuma, Dave Eggar, 12 Girls Band and virtuoso Japanese shamisen duo The Yoshida Brothers, whose latest album "III" was released in early 2006.

For more information on Domo Records and Rin' log onto www.domo.com

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JIM HUDAK

Acoustic pianist Jim Hudak embraces eclecticism. His fifth contemporary instrumental solo album, BridQinQ Textures, contains elements of cutting-edge new age music, jazz, Aaron Copland-esque classical, old-timey waltzing, bluesy boogie-woogie, uplifting church music, galloping stride piano and a myriad of subtle pop and rock inflections.

A composer and arranger of thousands of songs during his career, a record store manager for five years, and an executive f<;>r the music performing rights society ASCAP for 14 years, Hudak (pronounced who'-dack) says one of the most important lessons he's learned in the music business is to make each tune different to best hold the listener's attention.

For more information on Jim Hudak, go to his website (www.jimhudak.com). His music can be purchased at various online stores including www.cdbabv.com and www.amazon.com.

Produced by Will Ackerman, the legendary musician and founder of Windham Hill Records,

Bridoino Textures features the interplay between Hudak's acoustic nine-foot Yamaha concert grand piano (and his acoustic guitar on two tunes) and a variety of other musicians, including fretless bassist extraordinaire Michael Manring (Michael Hedges, Suzanne Ciani, Alex de Grassi), violinist Tracy Silverman (Jim Brickman, Turtle Island String Quartet), saxophonist Mary Fettig (Stan Kenton, Marian McPartland), percussionist Derrik Jordan (Angela Bofill, Will Ackerman), Cajun accordionist Suzy Thompson (California Cajun Orchestra, Maria Muldaur), and bassist Dennis Tuohino (who plays regularly in eight different San Francisco Bay Area bands).

"This is not your parents' piano. music," explains Jim. "Specificaly, I am trying to create contemporary instrumental piano-oriented music for the 21st century, for a new era of music lovers who grew up hearing many different genres and enjoy real musicians on actual instruments rather than synthesized reproductions. A musician with 20-to-40-years of experience and their unique personality can never be duplicated with a synthesizer. Real instruments generate a special feeling and warmth."

Jim Hudak has studied and enjoys all styles of music including pop, rock, folk, alt-country, jazz, new age, church hymns and classical, and those influences quietly creep into his music. He has studied piano, guitar, vocal techniques and composition at eight colleges around the country (including Portland, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and San Francisco) and has earned a degree in Recording Arts.

Currently Hudak is one of the most popular pianists in the San Francisco area playing hundreds of shows annually (he had 57 gigs last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas) at clubs, resorts, hotels and wineries. Fans of Hudak's performances and first four albums know him as a master of transforming rock and pop classics into enjoyable contemporary instrumental arrangements.

Although those CDs contained a handful of original compositions, Bridoino Textures is his first recording exclusively featuring his material.

His first two solo albums, like BridQing Textures, showcased his piano playing in combination with a few additional, mostly-acoustic instruments. The first CD, Cherish, had three Hudak originals mixed with stunning arrangements of well-known songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan. The second album, Gratefullv Yours, featured Hudak's versions of 11 tunes by the Grateful Dead and one original piece ("Rock Stars"). Jim's next two albums were solo piano recordings. The appropriately-titled Solo Piano contained two originals plus many classics penned by such legendary songwriters as Rodgers & Hart, Jimmy Webb, David Gates, Dylan and Eric Clapton. The next outing, titled Vintage Piano, had four originals interspersed with material from Tom Petty, James Taylor, Elton John, Stevie Nicks and REM.

When performing, Hudak stretches where few instrumental pianists tread, tackling material by alt-country songwriters such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons and John Prine. Hudak generally covers what he grew up listening to, but he's also added songs to his shows by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, among countless others.

Born next to Tombstone, Arizona at the Fort Huachuca Army Base, Jim came from a musical family (his last name means "the musician" in Slovakian). His father played blues and boogie-woogie piano and his father's sisters all performed music (one taught Jim to play piano). Music exploded in Jim's life when he was ten-years-old growing up in Portland, Oregon. That year he learned to play ukelele, then acoustic guitar and finally piano. He began with folk music like the Kingston Trio and Pete Seeger, but soon got an electric guitar and turned to rock 'n' roll from The Beatles to The Byrds. At age 11 Hudak was already performing at church, weddings, funerals, school functions and parties.

Jim attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland for two years studying classical guitar and music theory, but soon discovered the finger-picking of Doc Watson and Leo Kottke, and left school to become a professional musician. After a couple years Hudak took a day job in a record store which opened his ears to many other genres of music.

While continuing to write songs and perform regularly, Hudak then became a licensing executive for ASCAP, a company that monitors and collects performing royalties for songwriters, and was based in Sea..ttle, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Nashville. He also spent a year as a Vice President at a similar company (SESAC) in Nashville, before moving to San Francisco in 1997 and resuming a fulltime career as a musician. Jim's musical influences have continued to expand to include acts such as Steely Dan, Ray Charles and Randy Newman.

In the late Eighties, Jim released a folk and alt-country album (The Hudaks Connected) with his brother Don featuring all original material except for one song by The Dillards. Jules Alexander, co-founder of The Association, produced some of the tunes. On the recording were such top players as banjo-picker Herb Pederson (Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne), pedal-steel guitarist Jay Dee Maness (The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton), keyboardist George Sipl (Eric Carmen) and bassist Dale Peters (The James Gang, Joe Walsh).

Hudak chose Will Ackerman to produce, Bridqing Textures because "I had always admired his music, his productions and how he made Windham Hill one of the most successful independent labels of all time." Ackerman has produced many highly-successful pianists (George Winston, Liz Story, Scott Cossu, Philip Aaberg), acoustic guitarists (Alex de Grassi, Michael Hedges) and folk-singers (John Gorka, Patty Larkin). Hudak traveled to Vermont to record his'piano parts in Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios.

Bridging Textures begins with "Running Stream." "I live near Mount Diablo and go hiking there a lot, and I see where quite a few streams start their long run down the mountain." Regarding the tune "Wild Goose," Jim says, "The wild goose knows when it's time to fly, which serves as a metaphor for when it's time to move on." Hudak wrote "Like To Go With You" as a vocal tune when he broke up with a girl while he was in college, and originally released it on the B-Side of a 45 that featured an oil-shortage tune titled "Kiss Your Gas Goodbye." Several of the pieces on the CD were inspired by lost loves - "Out Of My Head," "That Special Light" and "Bittersweet Passion." Jim got the title for "Put Some Money Away Boy" after hearing that advice from his father. The pieces "Steppes I" and "Steppes II," according to Hudak, "are the same tune played completely differently" and evolved out of a 1981 jam session. The bluesy-boogie at the end of "Steppes I" is a tribute to Hudak's father. The album ends with the short "Song of Achievement" which Jim wrote when he was 12-years-old'and playing organ in church.

"I have always had a hunger for musical knowledge, and I love a wide and diverse selection of different musical acts," explains Hudak. "My eclectic tastes are reflected in the music I write, how I arrange the music, and, the musicians I choose to work with. I find the audience appreciates it when an artist stretches out, shows he can grow and change, and explores' new musical avenues."

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John Lennon's Solo Catalogue to Be Available in Digital Format for the First Time

First Digital Release Will Be the Definitive Greatest Hits Double Album 'Working Class Hero' on November 7, Followed by His Complete Solo Catalogue on Dec 5

For the first time ever, the whole of John Lennon's solo catalogue will be available for exclusive digital access, starting with the new definitive greatest hits album Working Class Hero, which was released on CD in the UK and US in October and which will be available to purchase in download form beginning November 7.

The entire Lennon solo catalogue will then be made available digitally beginning December 5th (December 6th in the US) on a variety of digital music services.

EMI Music's Parlophone and Capitol labels are proud to announce this major event in digital music sales -- the very first time that Lennon tracks will be available for purchase to a new generation of digital music consumers via legitimate digital music sites.

A select number of Lennon tracks will subsequently be made available for mobile download in coming weeks/shortly.

"Very few artists in modern times have made such an important cultural impact as John Lennon," said David Munns, Vice Chairman, EMI Music. "We are delighted that his fans around the globe will be given such immediate access to his music now that they are available for download and soon, for mobile."

Yoko Ono said today: "I am very happy that John's music is now available to a new generation of music fans. New technology is something he always embraced and this is something he would have loved. I always say that he would have been very excited by all the opportunities offered by the development of new means of communication. At this time I think it's important that we remember John for what he contributed to the world. For people who still love John's music and for those now getting into John's music, this opens up a whole new world in which they can appreciate John's music again."

Source: Capitol Records
LONDON, Nov. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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John Mayer and Sheryl Crow Announce U.S. Co-Headlining Tour

They have sold a combined 33 million albums, have a 12-pack of Grammys, and are among the most admired songwriters in contemporary music. This summer, superstars John Mayer and Sheryl Crow join forces on a 27-city tour across North America making for one of the year's most exciting musical events.

The Live Nation-produced tour commences on August 24th at Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette Pavilion and culminates on October 12th in Tampa, FL at the Ford Amphitheatre. Eight select dates go on-sale to the public on June 24th with the remainder going on-sale July 15th.

With nearly 25 million albums sold and 9 Grammy Awards under her belt, Sheryl Crow is one of rock and roll's most accomplished and respected singer/songwriters. Crow is no stranger to interesting collaborations. Sheryl has worked with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Kid Rock to Willie Nelson. On her current single "Always on Your Side," from her acclaimed Wildflower album, she is joined by longtime label-mate Sting.

This summer's tour is a triumphant return for Sheryl, who earlier this year underwent treatment for breast cancer. A portion of every ticket sold on this summer's tour will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Musician John Mayer is prone to accomplishment. From his acclaimed debut 'Room For Squares' to his most recent work with the John Mayer Trio, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has sold more than eight million albums, earning three Grammy Awards and the respect of both his peers and predecessors. He has performed with icons such as Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, and Herbie Hancock, and collaborated with contemporaries from Kanye West to Alicia Keys. Joining Mayer this summer are famed guitarist Robbie McIntosh, guitarist David Ryan Harris, and longtime Mayer players bassist David LaBruyere and drummer JJ Johnson.

John Mayer's third studio album, aptly-titled CONTINUUM, makes good on its name, fulfilling the promise expected from such a musical resume. CONTINUUM will be released in September.
SHERYL CROW AND JOHN MAYER TOUR

DATE CITY VENUE

Thu-Aug-24-06 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Fri-Aug-25-06 Saratoga NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sat-Aug-26-06 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Sun-Aug-27-06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue-Aug-29-06 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
Wed-Aug-30-06 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sat-Sep-02-06 Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Center
Sun-Sep-03-06 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
Tue-Sep-05-06 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
Wed-Sep-06-06 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri-Sep-08-06 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sat-Sep-09-06 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun-Sep-10-06 St Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
Mon-Sep-18-06 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri-Sep-22-06 Vancouver, BC GM Place
Sat-Sep-23-06 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Sun-Sep-24-06 Portland, OR The Amphitheater at Clark County
Tue Sep-26-06 San Diego Bayside Amphitheater
Wed-Sep-27-06 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri-Sep-29-06 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
Sat-Sep-30-06 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sun-Oct-01-06 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri-Oct-06-06 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Wed-Oct-11-06 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Thu-Oct-12-06 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre


* John Mayer will also perform at this year's Austin City Limits Festival (9/15), the Telluride Town Park Blues & Brews Festival (9/17), and at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA (10/13 & 10/14).

About Live Nation
Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) is a leading live event, venue and digital distribution company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates or has booking rights for 153 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. Live Nation operates more than 60 websites globally. 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, please visit the company's website at www.livenation.com.

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INXS to Launch 2006 World Tour in North America

Multi-platinum rock band INXS will be introducing new lead singer J.D. Fortune to the world's concert stages when they embark on the first leg of their world tour in early 2006.

The INXS "Switched On" tour, produced nationally by Metropolitan Talent Presents, kicks off January 18th in Vancouver, BC. The North American leg will extend to more than 20 U.S. cities and two stops in Canada.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale the weekend of October 15. Up-to-date tour information will be posted at www.INXS.com.

"The TV show 'Rock Star: INXS' generated millions of new INXS fans across North America and there is a great deal of excitement to see the band perform live once again," says John Scher, Co-CEO of Metropolitan Talent Presents. "Years of touring have earned INXS a massive reputation as a great live band. I have no doubt that this will be a memorable tour."

INXS recently released the hot new single "Pretty Vegas" and are currently working on their Epic Records debut with producer Guy Chambers. The album, entitled SWITCH, is due in stores November 29th.

Over the course of their 25-year-career, INXS has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and performed over 4,000 live shows for more than 25 million people in almost 50 countries.

INXS is Andrew Farriss (keyboard/guitar), Tim Farriss (guitar), Jon Farriss (drums), Kirk Pengilly (guitar/saxophone), Garry Beers (bass) and new lead singer J.D. Fortune.

INXS "SWITCHED ON" TOUR ITINERARY 2006

Jan 18 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Madonna, Celine Dion, Elton John, INXS, Gretchen Wilson, Toby Keith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Among Hundred-Plus Musical Artists On Board With Music Rising Concert Ticket Auctions Aiding Gulf Coast Musical Community

Ticketmaster Online Auctions for Top Summer Concerts Each Weekend in April Raise Funds for Music Rising Through First-Ever Alliance Between Nation's Largest Promoters, Performing Artists and Gibson Guitar

More than one hundred musical artists including Madonna, Celine Dion, Elton John, INXS. Gretchen Wilson, Toby Keith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Raitt, Staind, Ozomatli and more, have joined on to participate in online ticket auctions to raise funds to replace musical instruments and equipment destroyed during the Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The performing artists have donated tickets to their concerts for Music Rising online auctions through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/musicrisingauctions, Music fans may bid for tickets to top summer concert events all across the country with net proceeds going to Music Rising. More than 65 auctions are currently underway and additional auctions are launching each weekend during the month of April through this first-ever alliance between four of the nation's largest concert promoters, Live Nation, House of Blues, AEG Live, and Nederlander Concerts, along with participating artists, Ticketmaster and Gibson Guitar.

The majority of Music Rising Auctions include four (4) premium location tickets for venues with reserved seating (general admission tickets for general admission events) and one Epiphone guitar, which for most auctions will be autographed by one or more of the show's performers. Gibson Guitar, a founding partner of Music Rising, is providing the Epiphone guitars included in the auctions.

Music Rising Auctions launched April 1, 2006 and the first series closes this week. Among some of the current and upcoming Music Rising Auctions (with new auctions to be announced each week in April) include:

Event Date: Market / Act: / Venue
June 23 Birmingham / Sammy Hagar / VW Amp Birmingham
June 3 Boston / Staind / Bank of America Pavilion
July 19 Chicago / Def Leppard / First Midwest, Journey
June 14 Chicago Madonna United Center
Aug. 29 Denver / Bonnie Raitt / Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Keb' Mo'
July 15 Grand Prairie / Melissa Etheridge / Nokia Theatre
June 21 Hartford / Lynyrd Skynyrd / Dodge Music Center, Doobie Bros.
July 16 Houston / Melissa Etheridge / Cynthia Woods-Mitchell Pav.
July 8 Houston Lynyrd Skynyrd / Cynthia Woods-Mitchell Pav., 3 Doors Down
May 20 Kansas City / Gretchen Wilson / Verizon Wireless Amp
June 27 Kansas City / Lynyrd Skynyrd / Verizon Wireless Amp, 3 Doors Down
May 26 Las Vegas / Celine Dion / Colosseum at Caesars Palace
July 14 Las Vegas / Elton John / Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Aug. 11 Las Vegas / Boz Scaggs / House of Blues Las Vegas
Sept. 2 Los Angeles / Down Home / Gibson Amphitheatre, Blues Festival
Sept. 17 Los Angeles / Engelbert / Gibson Amphitheatre, Humperdinck
Sept. 29-30 Los Angeles / Pepe Aguilar / Gibson Amphitheatre
Oct. 21 Los Angeles / Ana Gabriel / Gibson Amphitheatre
July 21 Los Angeles / Gipsy Kings / Greek Theatre
June 16 Los Angeles / INXS / Greek Theatre
May 21 Los Angeles / Madonna / Forum
May 28 Los Angeles / Ozomatli / House of Blues Anaheim
May 12 Los Angeles / Wayne Newton / House of Blues Anaheim
June 24 Nashville / Sammy Hagar / Starwood
June 29 New York / Madonna / Madison Square Garden
June 4 Phoenix / Sammy Hagar / Cricket Pavilion
Aug. 26 Pittsburgh / Toby Keith / Post Gazette Pavilion
Aug. 25 Pittsburgh / Toby Keith / Post Gazette Pavilion
Aug. 29 Portland / Def Leppard / Clark County, Journey
July 28 San Antonio / Def Leppard / VW Amp San Antonio, Journey
June 10 San Diego / Chicago / Embarcadero, Huey Lewis
Aug. 27 San Francisco /Def Leppard / Sleep Train, Journey
June 24 San Francisco / Funk Festival / Concord Pavilion
Aug. 4 San Francisco / Sammy Hagar / Shoreline Amp
Aug. 30 Seattle / Def Leppard / White River, ourney
May 6 St Louis / Pointfest / UMB Bank Pavilion
July 14 St Louis / Tim McGraw / Savvis Center, Faith Hill
June 27 St Louis / Lynyrd Skynyrd / UMB Bank Pavilion, 3 Doors Down
May 12 Virginia Beach Gretchen Wilson / VW Amp Virginia Beach
July 6 Washington, DC/ Def Leppard / Nissan Pavilion / Journey

Music Rising is a national campaign created by U2's The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin, and Gibson Musical Instruments Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. Music Rising's supporters, including Guitar Center Music Education Foundation, MusiCares, Musician's Friend, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, House of Blues Concerts, AEG Live, Nederlander Concerts, VH-1 Networks, MTV Networks, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Ken Erlich Productions, Edun Designs, Roots Canada, U2.com and De-Lux Merchandising, constitute the most dynamic and comprehensive organized group to launch a relief program since the Hurricanes hit the United States. The campaign's goal is to put musical instruments back into the hands of musicians who lost everything in the hurricane disasters, helping them to regain their livelihoods, and to replace the instruments lost by churches, schools and community groups, in order to rebuild the heart and culture of the Central Gulf Region. Music Rising is administered by MusiCares. For information on Music Rising, visit www.musicrising.org.

Ticketmaster auctions provide fan-friendly opportunities for artists, performers, sports teams, and more to connect with their fans in a secure purchasing environment, fully integrated with Ticketmaster's state-of-the-art ticketing system. Ticketmaster auctions enable consumers to determine the market value of tickets (a process referred to as "dynamic pricing"). By enabling consumers to select the price he or she is willing to pay for a ticket in a specified seat location for a specific event, Ticketmaster auctions help to keep premium tickets out of the hands of unauthorized resellers. Ticketmaster auctions also offer consumers the security of knowing they have purchased a valid ticket. For auction terms and conditions, please visit ticketmaster.com.

Source: Music Rising; Ticketmaster
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HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH ANNOUNCE HOMEGROWN CONCERT SERIES--ADDING TWO ADDITIONAL DATES!

(Nashville, TN)- Two-time Grammy award winning Hootie and the Blowfish hosted an exclusive media event June 28, 2006 regarding their Homegrown Concert series at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe. All four members of the band; Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld and Dean Felber were present to announce details of the series and host a private acoustic performance in honor of the launch.

Guests included Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, esteemed members of the press, and music industry heavyweights. The series will consist of twelve shows—all encouraging audiences to bring school supplies with them to the show to benefit less fortunate children in each market.

Hootie & the Blowfish is one of the most successful music groups in the world and since their first album debuted in 1994, the band has played to millions of fans and sold over 25 million albums worldwide. As one of the most recognizable bands in the world, Hootie & the Blowfish believe they have a responsibility to use their celebrity status to help improve the lives of those in need, especially children.

They often take the lead in creating projects where they can join forces with other organizations to help make a positive difference in lives of today’s youth. The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation was founded just for that purpose. As a private non-profit organization, The Foundation was originally created in 2000 to benefit children of South Carolina through education and supporting school music programs—since it has spread to a nationwide campaign.

In 2003 the band members established an annual concert in their hometown, Charleston, SC, as a way to help raise awareness to the needs of local school children in the community. Every year many schools are forced to receive budget cuts that ultimately in one way or another affects the quality of education each child receives. The night of the concert, ticket holders were asked to bring school supplies of any kind to the concert held at Family Circle Magazine Stadium.

The response was overwhelming, and the Charleston County School District children were the beneficiaries of a generous community effort. A 55-seat school bus was filled from top to bottom with school supplies and following the concert those supplies were distributed to the schools and teachers who were in most need.

Knowing the positive effect this project had on kids and the community, the band wanted to expand the concert into other markets of South and North Carolina. In 2004, In addition to Charleston, SC, the Homegrown Concert Series added Columbia, SC, Anderson, SC and Raleigh, NC to its list of markets, and successfully filled a school bus in each community with schools supplies. To date, the band and their loyal fans have helped fill seven busloads of much needed supplies for the Carolinas.

This year Hootie & the Blowfish, with the help of LiveNations and Hard Rock Café, will expand the concert series once more, picking up a total of 11 stops, kicking off in Nashville TN, and taking the band through Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina Pennsylvania and Florida. In addition to hosting the Homegrown Launch party, Hard Rock Café in Nashville has created a Homegrown Meal on their menu that provides tickets to the local Nashville show and presented the band with a check for $5,ooo for school supplies for the Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Live Nation enthusiastically signed on to the Homegrown Concert series by encouraging each local event and community to become inspired not only by the music but also by the efforts to support children in every market. Live Nation is a leading live event, venue, and digital distribution company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates or has booking rights for 153 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. Live Nation operates more than 60 websites globally. 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, please visit the company’s website at www.livenation.com

The Nashville show, scheduled for July 3rd at Starwood Amphitheatre will include special guests Danielle Peck and Cowboy Mouth. Reserved seating starts at $25.00, and can be purchased at all ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, livenation.com and the Starwood box office. All ticket holders are encouraged to bring a school supply item with them to the show and help the band fill a school bus for the children of Nashville. All supplies will be donated to the Metro Nashville Public Schools with the help of the LP PENCIL Box. The Pencil Box will be on hand to collect the supplies and will be in charge of distribution to the schools. The LP PENCIL Box is the school supply center where teachers in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools can "shop free" for students whose parents cannot afford to purchase the materials essential for basic learning. For more information regarding the LP PENCIL Box, visit www.pencilfd.org

Homegrown Concert Series:

July 3 2006 Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville, TN

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Garth Brooks and Wal-Mart's Multi-Year Venture

An exclusive multi-year agreement with singer/songwriter Garth Brooks includes all Wal-Mart stores, SAM'S CLUB locations and online.

Brooks, who introduced country music to new audiences and achieved multi-platinum status in doing so, retired from public performing in 2001 and remains retired.

Garth Brooks is the all- time biggest-selling solo artist and has taken 25 singles to the number one position on the country charts.

"We understand the Wal-Mart customer and know that bringing them Garth Brooks exclusives in the upcoming years is something that'll excite them as much as it excites us," said David Porter, Wal-Mart vice president and divisional merchandise manager.

"We've all missed him -- his natural humor and his ability to touch each of our lives through his music and lyrics that seem to reach into our very souls."

Details of the exclusive multi-year relationship are not being released at this time.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

The company's securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT.

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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George Harrison's Living In The Material World to be Reissued in CD and Deluxe Limited Edition CD/DVD Packages by Capitol/EMI

Remastered CD Adds Two Bonus Tracks; Deluxe Edition's DVD Features Previously Unreleased and Rare Archival Film and Audio Clips

In Stores: September 26, 2006

Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing is proud to announce the reissue of George Harrison's Living In The Material World album on September 26, 2006.

The CD will be issued in two formats. Both packages will contain the album, which has been re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original analog tapes. The new version also includes two additional tracks, "Deep Blue" (originally a B-side from 1971) and "Miss O'Dell" (the B-side to "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)").

The single-disc package's jewel case will contain a 12-page booklet with lyrics and extra photographs. The special limited edition package will house the CD and a companion DVD with an expanded 40-page booklet. The set's exclusive DVD features:

* Rare footage of George performing "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" from his 1991 Japanese tour with Eric Clapton.

* A mini-feature edited from film commissioned by George in 1973 of the album's production in Britain and America.

* Previously unreleased versions of "Miss O'Dell" and "Sue Me, Sue You Blues" set to visuals of unseen archival material.

Historical Notes -- Kevin Howlett

Living In The Material World was George's second solo album of new songs following the Beatles' break-up in 1970 and its lyrical focus revealed his continuing mission to explore spiritual themes. Many people would hear his message. Five weeks after its release in May 1973, the LP and its single 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)' simultaneously occupied the number one positions on the US albums and singles charts.

The success of the album continued a winning streak that had begun with the release of All Things Must Pass. Featuring the worldwide number one 'My Sweet Lord', the triple LP set had topped the US album chart at the beginning of 1971. Later that year, George masterminded two remarkable concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York to help raise awareness and money for the starving refugees from Bangladesh. The commercial success of the Concert For Bangladesh live album was emphatic and unprecedented -- another triple LP box set that was a best seller around the world -- and it won an 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award.

For Living In The Material World, George assembled a core group in the Apple Studio in London consisting of Nicky Hopkins and Gary Wright on keyboards, Klaus Voormann on bass and Jim Keltner on drums. They recorded backing tracks which received varying degrees of enhancement through subsequent overdubs. The most complex musical arrangement on the album is heard on the title track.

Having played together at the Concert For Bangladesh, Ringo Starr and Jim Keltner perform their 'double drums' on 'Living In The Material World' and the brass parts were played by Jim Horn with help from Klaus Voormann on tenor saxophone. The gentler sections of the song feature tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussein and Jim Horn on flute and recorders.

The slide guitar playing heard throughout All Things Must Pass had quickly become associated with the George Harrison 'solo' sound and it is equally prominent on Living In The Material World. The exquisite dual harmony slide guitar parts on 'Give Me Love' were integral to that track's gentle power and on 'Sue Me, Sue You Blues', George revealed a bluesy side to his playing -- more bottleneck than Hawaiian in its style.

The four gentle ballads -- 'Be Here Now', 'The Day The World Gets Round', 'The Light That Has Lighted The World' and 'Who Can See It' -- are heartfelt reflections on how to live a spiritual life in the turmoil of the material world -- 'where there's so little chance to experience soul'. The joyous 'Don't Let Me Wait Too Long' picks up on the 'really want to see you' theme of 'My Sweet Lord'. The spiritual nature of these songs is mirrored in the artwork on the gatefold LP sleeve, which featured an illustration from the Bhagavad-Gita.

At the foundation of Living In The Material World are George's unwavering sincerity and integrity. These are rare qualities in mainstream popular music and should be treasured and nurtured wherever they are discovered. This is a welcome and timely re-issue.

Web Site: www.georgeharrison.com

Source: Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing

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Legendary pop star Gloria Estefan tells "The Strip" podcast that record industry executives were "idiots" to try to halt the downloading of music on the Internet and that that a lack of foresight "has taken the music industry down."

Legendary pop star Gloria Estefan says record industry executives were "idiots" to try to halt the downloading of music on the Internet and that that a lack of foresight "has taken the music industry down."

"It needn’t have gone to this level had the multi-nationals not fought technology," Estefan told the weekly Vegas celebrity-interview podcast "The Strip" this weekend. "They should’ve been the ones putting the music out there. ‘Here, buy this on the Internet. You don’t have to have the whole album, Here’s the single you want.’ … I fought my company tooth and nail when we stopped putting out singles."

Estefan, who has sold 70 million albums in a career that has made her the biggest bilingual crossover act in pop history, has recorded for most of her career with Sony Records.

Estefan said: "You can no longer shove an album down your throat and say ‘Here’s 15 songs, four of them are good. Spend $20 on this CD.’ Not going to happen. That’s what’s taken the music industry down. People are going to say, ‘OK, now I like this song from here, I’m going to download this over here, I like maybe these four songs from this album."

The singer says she’s a consumer, too, and she believes the Internet can only increase music sales if it’s handled properly. "I’ve bought more music for my iPod than I bought in the last 10 years of my life," she says.

The entire interview and any past episode of "The Strip" can be found at www.thestrippodcast.com or thestrip.podshow.com.

About the show:

"The Strip," presently No. 1 in Travel on PodcastAlley.Com, is a breakthrough in podcasting by featuring a litany of major Las Vegas celebrities including Steve Wynn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dennis Miller, Charlie Palmer, Harvey Fierstein, Toni Braxton, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire and dozens of others. Co-hosts Steve Friess (USA Today, The New York Times) and Miles Smith (NBC) are two of the most respected journalists in Las Vegas.

"The Strip" is a proud member of the Podshow Podcast Network, the network in podcasting founded by former music industry executive, Ron Bloom, and former MTV VJ Adam Curry, host of the The Daily Source Code. PodShow is a privately held company, backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures.

* PodShow, Podsafe Music Network, PodShowPDN and Podcast Alley are trademarks of PodShow, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Gorillaz Nominated for Record of the Year Grammy

Five Nominations Total: Record of the Year ("Feel Good Inc.") Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("Feel Good Inc." With De La Soul) Best Urban Alternative Performance ("Dirty Harry") Producer of the Year (Danger Mouse for "Demon Days") Best Short Form Music Video ("Feel Good Inc.")

As Gorillaz' international smash "Demon Days" approaches double-platinum certification, it was announced today that the band received Grammy nominations in the following categories: Record of the Year - Feel Good Inc.; Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals - Feel Good Inc. (with De La Soul); Best Urban Alternative Performance - Dirty Harry; Producer of the Year - Danger Mouse; Best Short Form Music Video - Feel Good Inc.

The winners will be announced on February 8th at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Grammy nominations represent a fitting end to a year that has seen Gorillaz reach new creative and commercial heights. Last month, Gorillaz wowed the crowds at the MTV Europe Music Awards with a revolutionary animated performance before picking up the award for Best Group. That same week, the triumphant and completely sold out Demon Days Live shows were staged at the Manchester International Festival, further establishing Gorillaz as the most successful virtual musical entity in history.

Reached with news of the Grammy nominations at the band's HQ Kong Studios, the band commented:

2D: "Yeah, we just heard. Five nominations... That's er... wicked. My mum's gonna be well pleased."

Noodle: "On behalf of all of Gorillaz, I'd like to say we're all really pleased to hear this. It's a real honor."

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/08/2005 --

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Music icon Hank Williams Jr. had achieved another milestone in had illustrious career…his latest album released last week THAT’s HOW THEY DO IT IN DIXIE; THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION debuted on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart at #3 and on the Bilboard Top Album Chart #16. “Are you shitting me?” exclaims Hank Williams Jr. “I can’t believe it. I have the most loyal fans in the entire country music business. I have not had an album debut that high in many many years. It is a wonderful feeling, let me tell you.” Williams will be appearing in upcoming issues of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Maxim among additional television appearances. Williams is the featured artist at www.musiccitynews.com and appears on the July cover of Nashville Music Guide. “The debut of the Essential Collection further proves that Hank Jr’s music has mass appeal across multiple generations of consumers. A great team effort by all involved in the project!” says Jeff Tuerff, VP Marketing Curb Records. Nashville, TN – Webster PR
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HANK WILLIAMS JR. SET TO OPEN SUPER BOWL XL … MAKING IT HIS 5TH SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE

Nashville, TN – Hank Williams Jr., 4-time Emmy award winner for his rendition of Monday Night Football’s “Are You Ready For Some Football?” will make his fifth Super Bowl appearance in his 16 year run with ABC Sports.

Hank Jr. was in Los Angeles, California, filming the opening intro to the 2006 Super Bowl face-off between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

“Not many people can say they have performed during five Super Bowl openings,” says Hank Jr. “I am so happy to have been part of the ABC family since 1989, and with my love for football, this was a win-win partnership.”

Hank Williams Jr. is set to attend the Super Bowl in Detroit. “My rowdy rebel son Kid Rock and I will be making some noise in Michigan…everyone should be listening.”

Hank will be appearing on ESPN’s Cold Pizza on Thursday, February 2nd, CMT Insider on Saturday, February 4th, and ESPN’s Sport Center sometime throughout the Super Bowl festivities. He will also make an appearance on GAC's Country Music Across America..

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HANK WILLIAMS JR. MEDIA BLITZ BEGINS

Appearances set for The Daily Buzz, ESPN News, Your World w/ Cavuto, Fox & Friends, Big Idea w/ Donny Deutsch, Sound off w/ Matt Pinfield, and Big Story Primetime

Nashville, TN – Hank Williams Jr., critically-acclaimed singer songwriter, will release his seventy-third album “That’s How They Do It In Dixie; The Essential Collection” on June 27th.

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Hip-Hop Musical 'Confessions of a Thug' Hits a High Note at Renowned Urban Film Festival

"Confessions of a Thug," a groundbreaking, hip-hop musical chronicling the life of a college-educated street hustler, is set to premiere in New York on June 23rd at the renowned Urbanworld Vibe Film Festival. A finalist in the juried film festival, "Confessions of a Thug" features dramatic performances by platinum recording artists The Lady of Rage (Robyn Allen) and J.T. Money and boasts 11 musical performances by Daron "South Boy" Fordham.

Early reaction to the product reel of "Confessions of a Thug" has already created quite a buzz in the underground film circuit. Fordham, who is no stranger to the industry, is ready to give the urban market something new. "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, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film. By merging hard-hitting rap performances with dramatic filmmaking, Fordham gives his audiences the best of both worlds.

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 sell."

Having experienced tremendous success with his underground comedies, Black Spring Break I and II, and documentary, Shake Dance, Fordham is looking forward to the world premiere of his first feature film. "We've created a whole new genre," says Fordham, who was inspired by the lifestyle and business savvy of hip-hop heavyweight Jay-Z. "It's fantastic that a festival like Urbanworld Vibe has acknowledged the film and has included it in their lineup."

"Confessions of a Thug," which also stars John Martino ("The Godfather"), will premiere Friday, June 23rd and the final screening is slated for Saturday, June 24th. In addition to "Confessions of a Thug," the 2006 Urbanworld Vibe Film Festival will screen over 60 new features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos.

For more information about the film, visit http://www.confessionsofathug.com/ or visit the film festival's website, http://www.urbanworld.com/, for ticket information.

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com/.

Source: Lizzie Grubman PR

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John Mayer's third studio album, CONTINUUM, which was released on September 12, 2006 by Aware/Columbia Records, has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales exceeding one million copies.

The accomplishment marks Mayer's third album to earn and/or surpass the platinum achievement. His debut album, Room For Squares is four times platinum, with sales exceeding four million, and his sophomore album, Heavier Things, has sold over two million albums, earning the singer/songwriter two platinum plaques.

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Johnny Cash Tribute Concert and Benefit Set for Nov. 20, 2005

NJ Musicians Unite Along With Special Guest Artemis Recording Artist Jeffrey Gaines at Centro Nightclub, South Amboy, NJ, 6 p.m.

On Sunday, November 20, 2005, over fifty of NJ's finest musicians will gather for a musical celebration to honor the one and only Johnny Cash, a man whose music has touched all of us deeply. This rare tribute show has been titled:

JOHNNY CASH REMEMBERED - "A Tribute to the Man in Black"

The show's organizer Michael Patrick, a recognized NJ country/roots performer, has been a long-time Johnny Cash fan.

Having been inspired by recent announcements of the upcoming movie release for "Walk the Line" (the Johnny Cash story featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon), in addition to receiving requests for quotes for media tie-ins about the "Cash influence," Patrick set out to create a concert to help keep Johnny's legacy alive and well in NJ.

He has teamed up with Mr. Bob Makin, founder of the charitable foundation "Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares" (an organization creating music mentorship and scholarship programs for New Jersey's Children). Although this event has been months of planning in the making, the two men share the same passion and excitement for "The Man in Black" and his music, and this has made it lots of fun and well-worth the effort.

Patrick will be appearing with his band "The Suburban Hillbillies" and has invited many of his musical friends and local legends to join him for an evening featuring an eclectic and diverse mix of Cash music and stylings.

In addition to the very special featured guest, Artemis recording artist Jeffrey Gaines, this monumental show will include performances by the following notable Jersey-based bands and artists:

Michael Patrick & The Suburban Hillbillies, Matt Angus Thing, Pat Guadagno & The Candle Brothers, Jon Caspi Band, Bob Polding Band, Rob Dye Band, Kevin McGowan, BBQ Bob, Tony Pileggi, Arlan Feiles & many more.

Show organizers are also expecting a few legendary special guests to stop by and show their support.

The show's format will include mostly Cash covers spanning the entire length of his career (including the Sun Years) in addition to some original material by some of NJ's most deserving up-and-coming artists. Sponsors include: Colts Neck Custom Shop, NJ Country Music Association, and Upstage Magazine.

The exciting event will take place at Centro Nightclub in South Amboy, NJ. Centro is a large venue and continues to be one of the few clubs in the state that still support country music.

This concert will benefit Red Cross hurricane relief efforts in addition to the "Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares" Fund. There will be vendors on hand, prizes and giveaways, as well as vintage videos projected on large screens around the room. - Ticket costs are as follows: $10 advance, $15 day of show

- Advance online ticket orders and additional information are available at http://www.michael-patrick.net/johnny.html

Source: MPS Promotions
SOUTH AMBOY, N.J., Nov. 4, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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JOHNNY CASH'S "AMERICAN V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS" TO BE RELEASED ON THE FOURTH OF JULY CD

To Feature Brand New Songs Recorded During The Months Before His Passing

In the months leading up to his passing on September 12, 2003, JOHNNY CASH had been recording new material with producer Rick Rubin. On July 4, 2006, "American V: A Hundred Highways," the all-new Johnny Cash album taken from those sessions, will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway. It will include the last song Cash ever wrote.

The songs that comprise "American V: A Hundred Highways" are as eclectic an assortment as any on the previous albums in the American series: "Help Me," a poignant plea to God, the hauntingly beautiful ballad "If You Could Read My Mind," "God's Gonna Cut You Down," a traditional spiritual, the touching "Love's Been Good To Me," the heartrending "On The Evening Train," and "Further On (Up the Road)" are among the tracks on the new album. Songwriters for the tracks run the gamut from Hank Williams to Rod McKuen to Bruce Springsteen.

In addition, two original Cash compositions are featured, "Like the 309" and "I Came to Believe." "Like the 309" is the last song Cash wrote and, like his first recorded single, 1955's "Hey Porter," is a song that incorporates one of his favorite settings, trains: "Everybody take a look/See I'm doin' fine/Then load my box/On the 309." "I Came to Believe" is a song he wrote and originally recorded earlier in his career, and addresses the pain of addiction and connecting to a higher power.

"I think that 'American V' may be my favorite of all of the albums in the American series," said Rubin. "It's different from the others, it has a much different character. I think that this is as strong an album as Johnny ever made."

The months following the May, 2003 passing of his wife June Carter Cash, were among the most physically and emotionally painful times in Cash's life, but keeping focused on the recording of "American V: A Hundred Highways" proved to be his salvation. Rubin remembers, "Johnny said that recording was his main reason for being alive, and I think it was the only thing that kept him going, the only thing he had to look forward to."

Cash and Rubin began recording the songs that would find their way onto "American V: A Hundred Highways" in 2002, specifically on the day after they finished "American IV: The Man Comes Around" which was released that November. Johnny feared that "American IV" might be his last release, so Rubin suggested that he immediately begin writing and recording new material. Over the next eight months, songs were cut at Rubin's Los Angeles studio and in Nashville at Johnny's main home and at his fabled cabin located across the road. Due to Cash's frail health, Rubin arranged for an engineer and guitar players to always be on call for the days that Cash felt strong enough to work.

"He always wanted to work," said Rubin. "Every morning when he'd wake up, he would call the engineer and tell him if he was physically up to working that day. Our main concern was to get a great vocal performance. Johnny would record a song, send it to me and I would build a new track up under it. In the past, at the end of this process, he'd come to L.A. And we'd go through everything together, he would re-record any vocal bits that needed re-recording. But this time, we didn't have that opportunity."

Last year, Rubin began going through these final recordings. He admitted, "I kind of dreaded doing it, after Johnny passed, going back and listening to it...it was difficult.

"With all of the albums Johnny and I made together, our goal was for each one to be the best it could possibly be, and that remained the case with 'American V,'" Rick explained. Eventually, Cash's long-time engineer David "Fergie" Ferguson, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitars) and Benmont Tench (keyboards), and Smokey Hormel (guitars), all of whom had worked on previous albums in the American series, along with Matt Sweeney (guitars) and Johnny Polonsky (guitars) went into the studio.

"We felt Johnny's presence during the whole process through to the end," said Rubin. "It felt like he was directing the proceedings, and I know that the musicians all felt that as well. Almost all of the songs were cut solely to Johnny's original vocal tracks, the musicians all keyed off his voice and were playing to him, supporting the emotion of his performance. More than once, Fergie and I would look at each other and say 'Johnny would love this,' because it was so good and so different from anything we'd done before, we knew he would be excited by what was happening."

It was decided to wait to release "American V: A Hundred Highways" until the recent Cash hubbub had run its course. What separates this album from the re-packages, compilations, movie soundtracks and everything else that has surfaced since Johnny's passing is, according to Rubin, "These songs are Johnny's final statement. They are the truest reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time. This is the music that Johnny wanted us to hear."

LOS ANGELES, CA -- MONDAY, May 1, 2006 --

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD LEAD SINGER – JOHNNY VAN ZANT – UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL APPENDIX SURGERY

Nashville, TN – As reported last night (May 18) Johnny Van Zant, lead singer for southern rock’s most famous touring band Lynyrd Skynyrd, underwent an emergency operation for appendicitis. The surgery was successful.

“Mr. Johnny Van Zant underwent surgery at Stanford University Hospital for appendicitis. He will remain hospitalized for the next one or two days recovering,” James T. Badger, MD.

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Mariah Launches the Emancipation of Mimi: Platinum Edition as 'Don't Forget About Us' Heads to Top of Charts

Platinum Edition New CD Expands With 4 Extra Tracks

Deluxe Limited Edition 2-Disc Set of Platinum Edition Contains DVD With 4 Videos - 'We Belong Together,' 'Shake It Off,' 'It's Like That,' and U.S. Debut of 'Get Your Number' - Plus Link to Access Her New Video for 'Don't Forget About Us'!

Mariah collects 4 nominations - the most by any artist - and opening performance on American Music Awards

With her fourth single, "Don't Forget About Us," headed for the top of the charts, performer and songwriter Mariah Carey focuses her attention on the completion of THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI: PLATINUM EDITION, the expanded new configuration of her quadruple-platinum Island Records album that arrives in stores November 15th, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.

PLATINUM EDITION will recap all 14 tracks on THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI, whose original version has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. and over 6 million worldwide to date. The new CD will add four tracks: "Don't Forget About Us," which was #1 most-added at Pop, Rhythm and Urban radio formats; "So Lonely (One and Only Part 2)," Mariah's collaboration with Twista (with a new extra verse written by Mariah); the remix of "We Belong Together" featuring Jadakiss and Styles P. (previously only available digitally online); and "What It Look Like," featuring Jermaine Dupri.

PLATINUM EDITION is also available as a special deluxe limited edition two-disc (CD + DVD) package. The exclusive DVD will feature the full-length video clips of "It's Like That," "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off," and "Get Your Number" (featuring Jermaine Dupri, which will be making its U.S. debut on this DVD), plus a link to access the brand new video for "Don't Forget About Us."

PLATINUM EDITION is the latest chapter in Mariah's 2005 juggernaut, which has earned her four nominations for this year's 33rd annual American Music Awards -- the most nominations by any artist -- including: Best Pop/Rock Female Artist, Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist, and Best Soul/Rhythm & Blues Album. The AMAs -- Mariah's next scheduled TV appearance as the show's opening performer -- will take place November 22nd at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, broadcast by ABC-TV.

One week prior to the AMAs, on November 15th, UPN will air the 3rd annual VIBE Awards, where Mariah is leading the pack for a single album with four nominations for The Emancipation of Mimi: Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, R&B Voice Of The Year, and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together."

In other awards news, readers and fans are casting their votes for this year's 2nd Annual Seventeen magazine Entertainment Awards, for which Mariah is nominated as Favorite Female Artist, Best Comeback By An Artist, and 'The Track That Was On Every One Of Your Playlists': "We Belong Together." Teen People magazine has also named Mariah ARTIST OF THE YEAR in its year-end issue (Dec./Jan.).

While "We Belong Together" (which secured Mariah's place as the #1 most successful female artist of all time when it became her 16th song to top the Hot 100, where it stayed for 14 weeks) and "Shake It Off" (#1 for 3 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart, in a new remix with Jay-Z and Young Jeezy) continue to reverberate across all radio formats -- "Don't Forget About Us" has soared to #1 on AOL Radio's Top 40 chart with 89,000 plays last week after world premiering via the AOL First Listen program. The song has also accumulated over 400,000 combined plays on AOL and Yahoo Music thus far.

At radio, "Don't Forget About Us" -- written by Mariah and co-produced with Jermaine Dupri -- has already picked up more than 2,000 spins and is over 25 million in audience. The video for "Don't Forget About Us" was shot last weekend in Los Angeles with famed director Paul Hunter. He last worked with Mariah back in 1997, on the clip for her #1 Pop/#1 Dance/#2 R&B smash "Honey" (from the 5x-platinum Butterfly album).

In early September, Mariah had the distinction of being the first female lead artist in the 47 years of the Billboard Hot 100 ever to occupy the #1 and #2 spots in the same week, with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off," respectively.

The biggest single in the history of both Mariah and the Island Def Jam Music Group, "We Belong Together" hit an astonishing 14 weeks at #1. This positions Mariah as the only active artist with the potential to match or surpass the Beatles (with 20 #1's) and Elvis Presley (18 #1's) in the modern era.

Source: Island Def Jam Music Group
NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and SONY BMG Create Martha Stewart Living Music

The Martha Stewart Living Music Series Launches With The Holiday Collection in Stores October 18 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE:MSO) and SONY BMG are proud to announce the creation of Martha Stewart Living Music, a partnership that will release a series of compilation albums for holidays and special occasions.

Martha Stewart Living Music will launch with the release of Martha Stewart Living Music: The Holiday Collection by Epic Records on October 18th.

Compiled by Martha Stewart, The Holiday Collection will be released individually and as a three-disc, deluxe box set. Each individual release will include a special holiday recipe from Martha Stewart Living and all box-set collections will include an assortment of 30 recipe cards, useful decoration tips and creative craft ideas.

"Music helps set the tone for any occasion," said Susan Lyne, MSLO President and CEO. "Martha's selections for this compilation will make any holiday gathering more festive. We're very pleased to team with SONY BMG, the ideal distribution partner for this venture."

"We couldn't dream up a better partner than Martha Stewart to create the ultimate music collections for entertaining. And we are tremendously proud to be her collaborators on this series," commented Epic Records President Steve Barnett.

The initial holiday set includes three inspired CD compilations of Martha's favorite holiday music - Traditional Songs for the Holidays, Jazz for the Holidays, and Classical Favorites for the Holidays - each featuring well- loved selections performed by some of the finest artists of yesterday and today.

The collection provides music you can play for every seasonal occasion: to accompany an afternoon of gift-wrapping, liven up a holiday cocktail party, or add an elegant note to a formal Christmas dinner.

"Great music is an important part of living, especially during the holidays. Family activities such as gift wrapping, baking, cooking, and entertaining are enlivened with beautiful songs, traditional carols, fantastic vocalists, and famous musical renditions," said Martha Stewart, Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. "Each selection in the compilation was carefully chosen from my many favorites for the holidays. I hope the Martha Stewart Living Music Series will become part of everyone's holiday traditions."

Track listing for Martha Stewart Living Music: The Holiday Collection is as follows:

Traditional Songs for the Holidays:

1. "Silent Night" - Mariah Carey
2. "Winter Wonderland" - Aretha Franklin
3. "This Is Christmas" - Luther Vandross
4. "Silver Bells" - Martina McBride
5. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - James Taylor
6. "First Noel" - Chris Botti
7. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" - Barry Manilow
8. "White Christmas" - Frank Sinatra
9. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Gene Autry
10. "Feliz Navidad" - Jose Feliciano
11. "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
12. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Steve Tyrell & Jane Monheit
13. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Willie Nelson
14. "The Christmas Song" - Nat King Colev
15. "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" - Bing Crosby & David Bowie
16. "Sleigh Ride" - Johnny Mathis
17. "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" - Andy Williams
18. "My Favorite Things" - Tony Bennett

Jazz for the Holidays:
1. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - Chris Botti
2. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Tony Bennett
3. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Tuck Andress
4. "Twas The Night Before Christmas" - Wynton Marsalis
5. "Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
6. "O Come All Ye Faithful" - Terence Blanchard
7. "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" - Grover Washington, Jr.
8. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Steve Tyrell
9. "Snowfall" - Tex Beneke & The Glenn Miller Orchestra
10. "Deck The Halls" - Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
11. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Dexter Gordon Quartet
12. "O Christmas Tree" - Russell Malone
13. "Winter Weather"* - Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman
14. "Shake Hands With Santa Claus"* - Louis Prima
15. "Santa Baby"* - Eartha Kitt
16. "Winter Wonderland"* - Louis Armstrong

* Mono Recording

Classical Favorites for the Holidays:
1. "O Holy Night" - Il Divo
2. "March" [From The Nutcracker] - The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cond. by Eugene Ormandy
3. "Waltz Of The Flowers" [From The Nutcracker] - The New York Philharmonic, Cond. by Leonard Bernstein
4. "Christmas Time Is Here" [From A Charlie Brown Christmas] - The Boston Pops Orchestra, Cond. by Keith Lockhart
5. "Sleigh Ride" - The Boston Pops Orchestra, Cond. by John Williams
6. "Fantasia On 'I Saw Three Ships'" - Sir James Galway
7. "The Coventry Carol" - Eileen Farrell
8. "Pastoral Symphony [From Messiah] - Sir Thomas Beecham & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
9. "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with The New York Philharmonic, Cond. by Leonard Bernstein
10. "O Tannenbaum" - Rita Ford's Music Boxes
11. "Children's Prayer" [From Hansel and Gretel] - The Boston Pops Orchestra, Cond. by Arthur Fiedler
12. "O Sanctissima" - The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
13. "The Sleigh Ride" [From German Dance, K. 605, No. 3] - The New York Philharmonic, Cond. by Leonard Bernstein
14. "The Gift Of Love" - Placido Domingo
15. "Ding Dong! Merrily On High" - The Choral Guild Of Atlanta, Cond. by Anthony Newman
16. "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" - The London Promenade Orchestra Cond. by Eric Hammerstein
17. "Ave Maria" - Charlotte Church
18. "White Christmas" - Placido Domingo
19. "Silent Night" - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble & Percussion

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. is a leading provider of original how-to information that turns dreamers into doers, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique content and high-quality products for the home. MSLO's creative experts develop content within eight core areas -- Home, Cooking and Entertaining, Gardening, Crafts, Holiday, Keeping, Weddings, and Baby and Kids -- that provide consumers with ideas and products to celebrate their homes and the domestic arts. MSLO is organized into four business segments: Publishing, Television, Merchandising, and Internet/Direct Commerce.

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

Source: Epic Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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MCA'S Trisha Yearwood Celebrates Eleventh Gold Certification With Jasper County

Second Single 'Trying To Love You' Hits Radio October 31

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Just a little over a month after the release of her current album Jasper County, Trisha Yearwood is celebrating her 11th Gold Certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Following a whirlwind of television performances, print and radio press, as well as numerous sold-out tour dates, Yearwood still takes pleasure in the honor.

"I'm so excited to be Gold!" exclaims an enthusiastic Yearwood. "I never take it for granted that people are going to buy my records, and it makes me feel good that there are still some Trisha Yearwood fans out there!"

Fourteen years into her career and eleven albums later, Yearwood maintains a unique level of success in that she's never put out an album that hasn't achieved at least Gold status. Additionally, the RIAA has awarded her a 4X Platinum album, 2X Platinum record, four Platinum awardees and four previous Gold honors.

Yearwood will visit the Late Show with David Letterman on November 15 and Martha on November 16. She will also present at the Country Music Association's Awards in New York on November 15.

Look for Yearwood's second single from Jasper County, "Trying To Love You," which hits radio stations everywhere October 31.

Source: MCA
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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McCartney Earns Three Grammy Nods for Critically Hailed 'Chaos And Creation In The Backyard'

Paul McCartney earned three Grammy nominations today for his recently released, critically acclaimed album, "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard." With nominations for Album Of The Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, for the album's first single "Fine Line," and Best Pop Vocal Album, (as well as a Producer Of The Year nod for Nigel Godrich) McCartney's "Chaos" stands as one of the most nominated albums of the year.

"It's always great to be recognized for your work," said McCartney, who recently completed his sold-out, 37-city, "US Tour" of America. "We're very proud of the album, the reception it's had and I'm chuffed for Nigel. It was a great album to make. And seeing as I've never actually won a Grammy for my post-Wings work, it's pretty exciting to think it might happen."

"Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard" is McCartney's 20th studio recording since The Beatles. Upon its release this past September, which marked the end to a nearly four year studio hiatus for McCartney, the recording was met with unprecedented universal critically praise. The comparisons to "Chaos," were made at the time, many pointing out similarities to "McCartney," as well as to the Beatles "White Album."

"Chaos" was produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis and Beck) and was recorded in London and Los Angeles over the past two years.

Source: Capitol Records
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/

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Mercury's Sugarland Garners Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist

Sugarland, the singer/songwriter trio from Atlanta, Georgia, received their first Grammy nod today in the Best New Artist category which encompasses all genres of music. Jennifer Nettles, Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush were in New York City this morning when they received word of their nomination.

"When I consider the people who have been nominated for this award in years past, I am humbled and emotional," says Sugarland's lead singer Jennifer Nettles. "To represent country music in such an auspicious category is overwhelmingly beautiful. It signifies and validates the power of all types of music!"

Just two weeks ago, Sugarland won their very first award at the AMA's for Breakthrough Favorite New Artist, another category in which all genres of music were considered.

Upcoming national TV performances for Sugarland include the 2005 Radio Music Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Sugarland is performing their debut single "Baby Girl" on the RMA's, which will be broadcast LIVE from the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, December 19 on NBC from 9:00-11:00pm EST.

They will perform "Something More" and "Down In Mississippi (Up To No Good)" on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve special, which airs December 31 on NBC from 11:30pm-2:00am EST. And on January 12, Sugarland will perform their current single, "Just Might (Make Me Believe)," on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. All of the songs being performed appear on Sugarland's Platinum-selling debut album Twice The Speed of Life.

Source: Mercury Records
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Metallica to Release First-Ever Music Video Retrospective DVD on Warner Bros. Records December 5th

Head-Banging Collection Includes All 21 Music Videos Plus Bonus Features

Multi-platinum hard rock band and seven-time Grammy-winning artists Metallica will release "The Videos -- 1989-2004" -- the first-ever music video retrospective DVD on Warner Bros. Records, December 5th.

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Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2006 -- Universally renowned music icon Miles Davis was posthumously inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk on the 15th Anniversary of his passing, amongst immediate family members and celebrated friends and fans including popular jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti; Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White; respected bandleader/keyboardist/producer George Duke; Grammy Award-winning trumpeter/composer Wallace Roney; Legendary drummer Lenny White (Bitches Brew); world-renowned drummer Ndugu Chancellor, and chart-topping saxophonist Mindi Abair among others.

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Luciano Pavarotti Postpones Farewell Concert Dates in Canada and Washington, D.C.

Luciano Pavarotti has been forced to postpone his June concerts in Canada and Washington due to an unexpected set-back in his recovery from recent treatment for a painful lower back condition.

Terri Robson, Luciano Pavarotti's London-based manager, said in a statement today, "Luciano Pavarotti was admitted to a New York hospital with back problems earlier this year. He subsequently underwent surgery, which was pronounced 100% successful.

In a statement, issued last month, his doctors announced that he would be fit and able to recommence performing in June. However, he went on to develop an infection during his stay in hospital; this condition has unfortunately delayed his recovery time. He is currently undergoing a course of intensive physiotherapy in New York."

The Luciano Pavarotti Canadian and Washington, D.C. Farewell Concerts were due to begin in Montreal on June 3. This and the other June concert dates (Toronto - June 6; Calgary - June 11; Vancouver - June 16 and Washington, D.C. - June 21) have been rescheduled to October 2006. The new dates are: Calgary - October 14; Vancouver - October 18; Montreal - October 22; Toronto - October 25 and Washington, D.C. - October 31.

Tickets already purchased for the original dates will be valid for the re-scheduled October concerts. For further information:

* October 14, Calgary, Pengrowth Saddledome 403-777-0000

* October 18, Vancouver, GM Place 604-280-4444

* October 22, Montreal, Centre Bell, 514-790-1245

* October 25, Toronto, Air Canada Centre, 416-870 -8000

* October 31, Washington, DC, Verizon Center 202-397-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT and 410-547-SEAT

Pavarotti's tour will recommence in July in the UK, where he has concerts in Glasgow SECC (July 5), Chatsworth House (July 8), Southampton Rose Bowl (July 12) and Warwick Castle (July 15).

Says Robson, "Luciano apologises to his many disappointed fans for having to reschedule these concerts -- happily, he is now well on his way to recovery and very much looks forward to continue celebrating his career with the Pavarotti Worldwide Farewell Tour."

Main Luciano Pavarotti website: www.lucianopavarotti.com

Website for Canadian concerts: www.lucianopavarotti.ca

Website for Washington concert: www.lucianopavarotti.us

Source: Maestro Concerts

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Lisa Marie Presley Announces Fall Concert Tour

Presley Actively Involved With MusiCares Hurricane Relief, the GRAMMY Foundation's 'Sound Checks' Program and Memphis Recording Academy Honors

Lisa Marie Presley will hit the road again this fall on the second leg of her "Now What Tour" kicking off on November 6th in Portland, Oregon. Now What, the follow-up to her 2003 Gold debut, To Whom It May Concern, debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

A video for the new spitfire rocker single, "Idiot," was filmed in Los Angeles this week. Patrick Hoelck is the director. His credits include videos for Alicia Keys, Ben Harper and the first single from Lisa Marie's CD, "Dirty Laundry." Sex Pistols guitarist and infamous Los Angeles deejay Steve Jones is featured on the single.

Presley is actively participating in numerous Recording Academy events including; The Recording Academy Honors in Memphis where she will present a special award to Isaac Hayes on October 22.

She will also join the GRAMMY Foundation to participate in a GRAMMY "Sound-Check" on November 11th at LA's House of Blues, during which she and other industry professionals will meet with a group of music students to discuss career opportunities available to them within the music industry and she is actively involved in the MusiCares Hurricane Relief effort. She will also be the Grand Marshall at a special Memphis NASCAR event on October 22.

Now What is a personal and powerful collection of songs. Presley wrote the lyrics for 10 of its tracks, collaborating with Linda Perry and others on the music.

The album is touched by joy and love ("Thanx," inspired by her close-knit circle of friends,) "Raven," (a moving tribute to her mother, Priscilla Presley) and naked anger on cultural matters in the super-charged version of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry."

Since its release, Presley has appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "Late Show With David Letterman," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Good Morning America," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Larry King Live." She was also recently the subject of a VH1 "(Inside)Out" documentary and a DIRECTV FREEVIEW(R) event, "Lisa Marie Presley In Concert."

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

11/6 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
11/8 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's
11/10 San Diego, CA House of Blues
11/11 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
11/13 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/15 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
11/16 Kansas City, MO Ameristar Casino
11/18 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
11/19 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre's
11/21 Columbus, OH Promowest Pavilion
11/22 Chicago, IL House of Blues

Source: Capitol Records
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Linda Ronstadt's 1969-1974 Capitol Records Solo Output Presented in New 2-CD Collection, 'The Best of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years'

New 47-Track Package Includes Ronstadt's Four Capitol Albums: 'Hand Sown ... Home Grown', 'Silk Purse', 'Linda Ronstadt' and 'Heart Like A Wheel', Plus Five Previously Unreleased Studio Recordings and Concert Performances

In Stores: January 28, 2006

Linda Ronstadt's four seminal Capitol Records solo albums from 1969 to 1974 have been collected for the first time in a new 2-CD package, "The Best Of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years." Due in stores on January 28, the 47-track collection from Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing includes "Hand Sown ... Home Grown", "Silk Purse", "Linda Ronstadt" and "Heart Like A Wheel" in their entirety, as well as five previously unreleased studio recordings and concert performances.

A leading figure in California's country/folk movement of the late 1960s, Linda Ronstadt began her musical career with the Stone Poneys, releasing three Capitol albums with the folk group before striking out on her own with the 1969 release of her solo debut, "Hand Sown ... Home Grown". Eager to invoke her abilities as a country singer, she tore passionately into Nashville -- spawned songs like "Break My Mind" and "The Only Mama That'll Walk The Line."

"Silk Purse" followed in 1970, still showcasing Ronstadt's country and honkytonk prowess, while also stepping into new territory with the gracefully-arranged pop ballad, "Long Long Time" (#25 Pop), earning her first Grammy nomination. She tapped Elliot Mazer to produce "Silk Purse", recommended by Janis Joplin, who'd worked with him on her "Cheap Thrills" album. Disc 1 of "The Best Of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years" is comprised of these first two solo albums and three previously unreleased bonus tracks, "It Won't Be Easy" (an outtake from the "Hand Sown ... Home Grown" sessions), "He Darked The Sun (Nashville Version)" (an outtake from the "Silk Purse" sessions), and "Orange Blossom Special" (recorded live at the Troubadour in 1971).

Ronstadt's convivial associations within the thriving Los Angeles folk/rock music scene often resulted in collaborative gold. For her 1971 self-titled album, Ronstadt enlisted producer John Boylan and some rock-leaning session musicians from the L.A. scene, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, who would later form the Eagles. They collaborated on an eclectic selection of country and pop/rock songs, including tracks written by Eric Anderson, Jackson Browne and Neil Young, illuminating Ronstadt's versatility as a vocalist and a performer. Linda Ronstadt peaked at #35 on Billboard's Country Albums chart and Browne's "Rock Me On The Water" reached Billboard's Top 100 Pop Singles chart.

1974's "Heart Like A Wheel" was Ronstadt's breakout smash, topping both the Pop and Country Albums charts. She topped the Pop Singles chart with the #1 hit "You're No Good," doling out a powerful vocal and lyrical lashing. For this album, she partnered with producer Peter Asher and recorded a variety of standards and contemporary hits in creative new arrangements with several Los Angeles session musicians. Ronstadt won her first of seven Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance with "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)," which also reached #2 on the Country Singles chart. "When Will I Be Loved" hit #1 on the Country Singles chart and also reached #2 on the Pop Singles chart and #3 on the Adult Contemporary Singles chart, further cementing Ronstadt's enduring widespread appeal.

Disc 2 of The Best Of "Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years" pairs Linda Ronstadt with "Heart Like A Wheel" and adds three bonus tracks, including two previously unreleased live recordings, "Kate" and "Long Long Time," and making its CD debut is "Can It Be True," the b-side to "I Fall To Pieces."

Linda Ronstadt continues to record and tour, regularly performing to sold-out audiences.

"The Best Of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years":
(2-CD TRT = 3:33:20)

CD1
Tracks 1-11 from LP "Hand Sown ... Home Grown" (1969)
Tracks 13-22 from LP "Silk Purse" (1970)
1) Baby You've Been On My Mind
2) Silver Threads & Golden Needles
3) Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad
4) A Number And A Name
5) The Only Mama That'll Walk The Line
6) The Long Way Around
7) Break My Mind
8) I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
9) It's About Time
10) We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock & Roll)
11) The Dolphins
12) It Won't Be Easy [prev. unreleased: "Hand Sown ... Home Grown"
outtake]
13) Lovesick Blues
14) Are My Thoughts With You?
15) Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
16) Nobody's
17) Louise
18) Long Long Time
19) Mental Revenge
20) I'm Leavin' It All Up To You
21) He Darked The Sun
22) Life Is Like A Mountain Railway
23) He Darked The Sun (Nashville Version) [prev. unreleased: "Silk Purse"
outtake]
24) Orange Blossom Special [prev. unreleased: recorded live at The
Troubadour, L.A., July '71]

CD2
Tracks 1-10 from the LP "Linda Ronstadt" (1971)
Tracks 14-23 from the LP "Heart Like A Wheel" (1974)
1) Rock Me On The Water
2) Crazy Arms
3) I Won't Be Hangin' 'Round
4) I Still Miss Someone
5) In My Reply
6) I Fall To Pieces
7) Ramblin' Round
8) Birds
9) I Ain't Always Been Faithful
10) Rescue Me
11) Can It Be True [prev. unreleased on CD: b-side to "I Fall To Pieces"
single]
12) Long Long Time [prev. unreleased: recorded live at The Troubadour,
L.A., July '71]
13) Kate [prev. unreleased: recorded live at The Troubadour, L.A., July
'71]
14) You're No Good
15) It Doesn't Matter Anymore
16) Faithless Love
17) The Dark End Of The Street
18) Heart Is Like A Wheel
19) When Will I Be Loved
20) Willing
21) I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
22) Keep Me From Blowing Away
23) You Can Close Your Eyes

Source: Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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KEEFE MARZELL AND VINTAGE

Keefe Marzell and Vintage insist that the music they create have two crucial elements -- a spiritual connection and a high emotional content. On their debut album, DRAWN WINDOWS, they play smooth jazz like it is seldom heard by fusing it with an eclectic mix of various styles including funk, R&B, hip-hop, fusion and gospel.

“The group is called Vintage,” explains Marzell, “because underneath the smooth jazz melodies, all of our music has an old-school funk feel. Everything we do is groove-based – not just rhythmic, but groovin’. In addition to that, most of the musicians on the album have played with contemporary Christian acts and gospel artists as well as in church, so there is a lot of spirituality in this music. But no matter what our backgrounds are, we all know that to really connect with listeners we have to play with emotion. That’s what makes all the difference.”

For more information on Keefe Marzell and Vintage, go to www.keefemarzell.com. Their CD, DRAWN WINDOWS, is distributed by RED/SONY and can be purchased at record stores nationwide or online at various sales sites such as amazon.com (see image link to listen to music samples).

DRAWN WINDOWS is Marzell’s vision. He played drums and keyboards, produced, arranged and engineered the album along with co-writing most of the material. Marzell’s background includes playing drums on tours with such top smooth jazz artists as Bob James, Kirk Whalum and Marion Meadows; R&B act New Birth; and Christian groups such as Edwin Hawkins, Commissioned, Donald Vale, and The Clark Sisters.

On DRAWN WINDOWS, Marzell surrounded himself with top musicians. The other half of the Vintage rhythm section is bassist Terome “T-Bone” Hannon (Jewel, The Judds, Amy Grant, The Boys Choir of Harlem), who played with Marzell regularly for the past two decades (including their own wild’n’funky R&B group, Raw), but who died of a brain aneurysm the day after they finished recording DRAWN WINDOWS. The album ends with a tribute to him, “Goodbye Terome,” a studio jam featuring his bass playing.

The other core member of Vintage is keyboardist Marcus Abernathy (The Winans, Tim Bowman, Virtue). In 1996, when Marzell was hired as the musical director to put together a touring band for the group Commissioned, he brought in Hannon and Abernathy. During that two-year tour, the three musicians began writing their own music and developing the sound that became Vintage.

Also on DRAWN WINDOWS are some of Detroit’s finest smooth jazz musicians. Guitarist Tim Bowman (The Winans, Ben Tankard) also played with Commissioned and is a successful recording artist in his own right, as are saxophonists Randy Scott (Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima) and Norma Jean Bell (Parliament, Narada Michael Walden, Frank Zappa).

Also making appearances on the recording are keyboardist Kevin Crosby (New Birth, Alicia Myers, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Dramatics), bassist Jimmy Ali (George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic, Earl Klugh) and bassist Prince Edward Tate (he and Marzell grew up together and have performed in their church for many years).

Perhaps the best example of the band’s sound is the tune appropriately titled “Vintage.” “We were definitely going with an old-school rhythm feel that mixes P-Funk with a little reggae and then in the middle lays some Chick Corea-type soloing over the top,” explains Marzell. The CD also contains an extended second version of the tune subtitled “My Prospective” that features a bass solo. “This tune was inspired by a friend of mine, Wayman Tisdale, the former NBA star and now a major jazz artist, who often critiqued my music and encouraged me.”

DRAWN WINDOWS begins with “More Is Pleasure,” a take-off on co-writer Morris Pleasure’s name. Pleasure (Janet Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Boney James, Michael McDonald) handed Marzell the basic structure of the tune which Keefe crafted into a solid smooth jazz production. Randy Scott penned “Now & Forever” and Keefe brought in his cousin, Tim Slaughter, to sing on it. Marzell first learned the old Christian song “Love Thinking of U” when he was with Commissioned, but here he arranges it as a jazz instrumental.

The title tune, according to Marzell, “was meant to be an eclectic but melodic grooving tune with a John Scofield-type of crazy harmony at the ending.” On “New Jack Swing,” Marzell laid down a melodic drum solo and then brought in two rappers to match his cross-rhythms with funny lyrics for “a new take on jazz.” With “Through The Night,” Keefe took an R&B vocal tune by Norma Jean Bell, who is queen of the house sound in Europe, and rearranged it into smooth jazz. The strongly melodic “Enter Slowly” is an attempt to create smooth jazz with an inherent erotic feeling.

Marzell, who also owns and runs Ultra Sounds Studio in Detroit, has written and recorded music for numerous national radio and television advertising campaigns including companies such as Jeep Cherokee, Dominos Pizza, Plymouth Neon Voyager and Red Lobster restaurants. He also engineered recordings for 112, Virtue, Commissioned, Rance Allen Group, Shelby Brown, Marooned and Dennis Coffey (Jackson Five, The Temptations, Rare Earth). Working with Coffey completed a circle for Marzell begun when Keefe started playing drums at age ten and his father insisted he memorize the entire rhythm performance of Rare Earth’s epic 20-plus-minutes-hit “Get Ready.” The next year Keefe made his first public appearance (at a school talent show) and performed Coffey’s “Enter The Dragon” along with Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie.” Marzell was born in Chicago and lived there until he was seven-years-old when his family moved to Detroit. His father also was a drummer. Keefe grew up listening to church music first, jazz second (The Jazz Crusaders, Jimmy Smith) and then R&B/rock (Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Santana, Buddy Miles). As Marzell got a little older, he was influenced by George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic, Jean-Luc Ponty (“his drummer Rayford Griffin was one of my early idols”), John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra with Narada Michael Walden, and Mint Condition.

Several noteworthy occurrences left their mark on the teenaged Marzell. When he was 16, he joined a group of older musicians playing all summer in clubs. “They taught me to be sensitive to the music and to play dynamically with the music and not just mindlessly keep the beat.” But Keefe broke his neck in gymnastics class, had to learn to walk again and was unable to play music for a year while he recovered. Eventually he studied piano at the local college before getting back into drumming. He became a fulltime professional musician when he toured the United States for two years with Christian act Donald Vale which led to other touring gigs.

After his group Raw was unable to secure a record deal (“they said we were too wild, too undisciplined, too funky”), Marzell felt he hit bottom when he was driving a cab for 12-hour shifts. But he returned to the church, developed his faith and spirituality, “and my life turned around in dramatic fashion.” He was hired by jazz act Marion Meadows (Joe Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Norman Connors) and toured with him for three years (“a very enjoyable and inspirational time”). This led to tours with Bob James, Kirk Whalum (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones), New Birth (who had a big hit in the Seventies with “Wildflower”) and Commissioned (whose album was produced by Boys 2 Men). Marzell regularly plays in front of 4,000 worshipers at the Greater Grace Temple pentecostal church in Detroit (founded by his late uncle and now headed by his cousin), and performed (with Marcus Abernathy) on the Greater Grace Temple Choir’s GRACE-N-PRAISE album.

“Vintage is a loose grouping of great musicians that came together for this recording and can perform live too,” Marzell says. “Despite the fact that we all have played many types of music during our careers, none of us are specifically singers, so we picked the smooth jazz genre because it is primarily instrumental music and there is a history of R&B and funk incorporated into it. We believe we bring our own particular twist to the whole thing. We start with a deep groove, and then the songs develop through spirituality and emotion.”

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Winners Announced for the 41st Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS (5/24/06)

Keith Urban Wins Two and Lee Ann Womack Picks Up Three CMA Awards on 'Country Music's Biggest Night' 2005

Keith Urban Wins Two and Lee Ann Womack Picks Up Three CMA Awards on 'Country Music's Biggest Night'

The Big Apple provided a big night for some of Country Music's biggest stars. "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" was broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for the first time outside of Nashville, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on the CBS Television Network.

Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards. Urban won the Horizon Award in 2001.

"I have been out with Kenny [Chesney] this year and last year," Urban said of his tour mate. "So I want to thank Kenny for teaching me so much about entertaining."

"Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)" was an understatement for top-nominee Lee Ann Womack, who picked up three CMA Awards for Album, Single and Musical Event of the Year.

"I love Country Music," Womack said. "If you listen to music that doesn't touch you or mean anything to you, listen to Country Music. We have songs that speak to you and songs that will touch you."

There's More Where That Came From, produced by Byron Gallimore and Greg Droman, garnered Womack her first Album of the Year Award. The first single from the album, "I May Hate Myself In The Morning," was her second Single of the Year, the first being 2000's "I Hope You Dance." She also won her third Musical Event of the Year Award (formerly Vocal Event of the Year) for her duet with George Strait on "Good News, Bad News." Womack performed "Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago."

Last year's Horizon Award winner Gretchen Wilson picked up the Female Vocalist of the Year Award, making her the first solo female artist to win that Award the year after winning the Horizon Award. Wilson performed "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today," from new album All Jacked Up.

"I am going to try not to be a cry baby up here," Wilson said before tearing up. "I want to thank the fans who make all of this possible."

Rascal Flatts received their third consecutive Award for Vocal Group of the Year. "We love you guys, we love Country Music and we love being right here," group member Jay DeMarcus said. The group performed their No. 1 hit "Fast Cars & Freedom" from Feels Like Today.

The self-proclaimed "hardest-working man in Country Music" Dierks Bentley won his first CMA Award with the coveted Horizon Award. "I didn't have anything prepared," a shocked Bentley said. "I really did not expect this." Bentley sang current single "Come A Little Closer" from his album Modern Day Drifter.

It was a lucky number for hosts Brooks & Dunn when they picked up the Vocal Duo of the Year Award for the thirteenth time. "Thank you for allowing us to stay members of this family," said Ronnie Dunn. The duo later performed the soaring "Believe" from their album Hillbilly Deluxe.

Jon Randall won his first CMA Award for Song of the Year with co-writer, Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson for "Whiskey Lullaby," as recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. "I am so honored to be standing up here with this legend to be getting this award," Randall said.

"I'm supposed to be whispering but I feel like shouting," Anderson said, referencing his famous nickname, "Whispering" Bill Anderson. "Thanks for letting me be a part of the Country Music business still after all these years."

Kenny Chesney kicked off the show with the high-energy "Living In Fast Forward" from his new BNA Records album The Road and the Radio.

One of the most touching and rocking moments came when superstar Garth Brooks performed "Good Ride Cowboy," a tribute to his late friend Chris LeDoux with LeDoux's band Western Underground, live from a packed Times Square. New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg welcomed Brooks back to New York, recalling Brooks' huge Central Park show in 1997 with an estimated 750,000 people. LeDoux received the CMA Chairman's Award of Merit from CMA Chairman of the Board Kix Brooks.

Musical Event of the Year winner Strait performed the honky tonking "High Tone Woman" from his album Somewhere Down In Texas. Seventy-two-time CMA Award career nominated Alan Jackson performed a cover of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." Faith Hill and husband Tim McGraw performed "Like We Never Loved At All" from Hill's album Fireflies. Top-nominee Paisley performed "When I Get Where I'm Going," with background vocals by Krauss.

Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Sara Evans performed "Cheatin'" from her album Real Fine Place. Other Female Vocalist nominees who performed included Martina McBride with the Kris Kristofferson classic "Help Me Make It Through The Night" from her album Timeless; and Alison Krauss with backing by Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas on "My Poor Heart" from Lonely Runs Both Ways.

Horizon Award and Vocal Duo of the Year nominee Big & Rich performed "Comin' to Your City," from their album of the same name that was released today, giving their shout out to the Big Apple, changing the lyrics to "Yeah we're comin' to New York City."

Horizon Award nominee Miranda Lambert ignited the stage with a pyrotechnic-heavy performance of "Kerosene." Other Horizon nominees Julie Roberts ("First To Never Know") and Sugarland ("Something More") also performed, showing the world the great new talent in Country Music.

The CMA Awards has always been a place to see cross-genre performances from some of music's biggest stars and 2005 was no exception. Willie Nelson teamed up with Paul Simon with Nelson singing Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" accompanied by Norah Jones on keys, while Simon masterfully played guitar singing Nelson's immortal "Crazy."

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Kenny G's The Greatest Holiday Classics a Collection of Seasonal Favorites, in Stores October 18th

Ten Tracks From His Three Best-Selling Holiday Albums -- Wishes, Faith, and Miracles

Featuring Four Newly Recorded holiday standards 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas,' 'My Favorite Things,' 'Jingle Bell Rock' and 'Jingle Bells'

The ultimate holiday album from the #1 instrumental recording artist of all time

Arista recording artist Kenny G -- the biggest-selling instrumental musician and biggest-selling jazz musician of the modern era, with total global sales of more than 75 million albums, singles and videos since 1982 -- has personally selected the tracks for THE GREATEST HOLIDAY CLASSICS, an indispensable collection of 15 seasonal tunes that will arrive in stores October 18, 2005.

Ten of the tracks originate from Kenny G's trio of holiday releases: 2002's RIAA gold Wishes, 1999's triple-platinum Faith -- A Holiday Album, and 1994's Miracles -- The Holiday Album -- the biggest-selling seasonal album in history, at 8-times platinum and counting. The four brand new recordings featured on this album include "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," "My Favorite Things," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Jingle Bells."

The balance of the tracks are holiday favorites: "Deck The Halls," the medleys of "Hark The Herald Angels/O Come All Ye Faithful," and "Rudolph/Frosty The Snowman" (from Wishes); "Ave Maria," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and the medley of "We Three Kings/Carol Of The Bells" (from Faith); and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Miracles," "Winter Wonderland," and "The Chanukah Song" (from Miracles).

THE GREATEST HOLIDAY CLASSICS, Kenny G's sixteenth album for Arista Records, follows up the release of the RIAA gold At Last ... The Duets Album last November 2004. The all-star project featured a stellar lineup of great guest performers (vocalists and fellow instrumentalists) from different musical genres showcased alongside Kenny G in stunning performances of classic and contemporary songs.

Among his distinguished guests were Barbra Streisand ("The Music That Makes Me Dance"), LeAnn Rimes ("(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"), Gladys Knight ("Misty"), Earth Wind & Fire ("The Way You Move"), Yolanda Adams ("I Believe I Can Fly"), Burt Bacharach ("Alfie"), and Arturo Sandoval on the title tune tribute to Etta James, "At Last."

It is Kenny G's innate ability to create and set different moods with his music that has made him such an enduring force and earned him Grammy, American Music, Soul Train, World Music and NAACP Image Awards as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Source: Arista Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ --

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Kevin Federline Is Fed up With the Media and VH1 Responds

Kevin Federline, a.k.a. KFed, a.k.a. Britney Spears' hubby, has had it with the media and unleashed his wrath the best way he knew how: a rap song.

On his personal "MySpace" page, KFed penned a song where he raps about how the media scrutinizes all aspects of his personal life and music career. He dedicated this track to all the "haters," rips on the paparazzi and reaffirms his love of his wife.

In response, VH1's "Celebrity Eye Candy," a new series premiering Friday, March 31 at midnight* has recorded a rebuttal to Mr. KFed's latest track. "Celebrity Eye Candy," thought it would only be fair if they responded through song and an accompanying video clip.

You can listen to KFed's original track and then see the VH1 "Celebrity Eye Candy's" rebuttal clip titled "The We're Sorry K-Fed Song" set to an 80's Heavy Metal Power Ballad tune on VH1.com.

And just in case you feel the urge to join VH1 with their musical apology and sing along ...

"The We're Sorry K-Fed Song" Lyrics:

Hey, KFed we're so sorry ... for the way we picked on you.

We thought that Popozao was tight ...

We love your braids, even though you're white ...

Cause you're the greatest of all time!

We love the way you drop a rhy-me!

Baggy pants and white tank tops!

For your style we give mad props ...

Hey KFed, we're so sorry ... for creating a career for you.

VH1 makes celebrity gazing a whole lot easier by bringing you the most current and amazing celebrity footage, photos and Hollywood fun from every corner of the globe with its new weekly series "Celebrity Eye Candy."

Premiering Friday, March 31 at midnight, "Celebrity Eye Candy," part blog culture, part comic strip and a whole lot of tabloid magazine gives you all the juicy details that go with being a celebrity. New episodes will air Fridays at 11:30 PM* starting April 7.

No host. No talking heads. The new weekly series brings back a revamped and opinionated "info-nugget" giving viewers inside information and facts about their favorite celebrities while watching celebrity footage. Just wall to wall famous people in their natural environment (buying coffee, driving SUVs, attending premieres, etc.) narrated by a celeb-loving voice and occasionally we even set the whole thing to music.

For more info on "Celebrity Eye Candy" viewers can go online to http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/celebrity_eye_candy/series.jhtml

"Celebrity Eye Candy" is a production of VH1, -- Danielle Gelfand, Shelly Tatro and Michael Hirschorn as Executive Producers for VH1.

*All Times ET/PT

Source: VH1
NEW YORK, March 27 /PRNewswire/ --
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Kimberley Locke Poised To Launch New Single and Album

Curb Records has confirmed "Supawoman" as the first single from Kimberley Locke's sophomore album, "Based On A True Story." The tune, penned by Locke with her producers Mark Feist & Damon Sharpe (Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child), goes to Top 40 and Rhythmic Crossover radio and will be available for downloads at iTunes on July 4th. The album version is mixed by Phil Tan (Mariah Carey) with a DHM Radio Mix by Jon Gass (Brandy).

"I think it was time for a new anthem for the ladies," says Locke. "'Supa' is about telling your man that it's okay to be with a strong woman. Sorry, men!" she laughs.

Locke's album will be released this fall on Curb and finds the vocalist expanding her songwriting skills by co-writing 9 songs for "Based On A True Story," the follow-up to her "One Love" debut, which included #1 Billboard Single Sales hit "8th World Wonder," and top 10 Billboard AC hit, "I Could."

Additional songwriting collaborators include Matthew Gerrard, Bridgett Benenate, Denise Rich, Danielle Brisebois, Wayne Rodrigues, Ty Lacy, and Dennis Matkosky. The album is produced by Mark Feist & Damon Sharpe and Daniel Muckala (Nick Lachey).

Locke took part in an as-yet-untitled MTV reality series this summer set to air on the network later this fall. She continues as national spokesmodel for fashion retailer Lane Bryant.

For the latest news on Kimberley Locke, visit her website at: http://www.kimberleylockeweb.com/.

For the latest in exciting summer fashions visit EMOL's Lane Bryant Store page.

Source: Curb Records

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KRIS KRISTOFFERSON TO RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS JOHNNY MERCER AWARD AT THE 2006 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME EVENT

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED INDUCTEES INCLUDE THOM BELL, MAC DAVIS, WILL JENNINGS, SYLVIA MOY AND HENRY COSBY

Hal David, Chairman/CEO of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, today announced that Kris Kristofferson will be this year’s recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 2006 Awards dinner, slated for June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The Johnny Mercer Award is exclusively reserved for a songwriter who has already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer. Past Johnny Mercer Award recipients have included songwriting giants: Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Paul Simon, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

"Kris Kristofferson is definitely a songwriter's songwriter. And by that I mean that he is greatly respected and admired by his peers. His songs have a straight-from -the-heart, deep appeal that express passion, yearning and social concerns with a directness that belies their poetry. The Songwriters Hall of Fame is proud to bestow this one-of-a-kind award to this one-of-a-kind songwriter."

Inductees at this year’s event include Thom Bell, Mac Davis, Will Jennings, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby. Other honorees to be announced.

America’s legacy, culture and ability to reflect is nurtured by poets like Kris Kristofferson. The songwriter and actor turns 70 this year, and one week before that milestone, he’ll be recognized with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award — a fitting tribute to the free-spirited troubadour. Kristofferson’s story is now firmly embedded in music world lore. It is the tale of a Rhodes Scholar who turned his back on job security and familial expectations, his head full of wild dreams and song, and headed to Nashville determined to create for a living. Once he arrived in Music City, Kristofferson took a job as a janitor for Columbia Records; less than a year after his appearance in those hallways, he forever changed the scope and literary possibilities of country music songwriting. Songs like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For the Good Times,” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” were recorded by icons and musical architects Janis Joplin, Ray Price, and Johnny Cash, respectively.

That was merely the beginning. 3 Grammys and 17 top 40 albums later, over 450 artists have covered Kristofferson-penned tunes, and that staggering number continues to grow. 2006 ushers in two Kristofferson albums, one of which, the upcoming The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson, features some of America’s most resilient voices, including Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Rosanne Cash, singing Kristofferson songs. In addition to the tribute, the impending release of This Old Road offers Kris Kristofferson’s first album of new recordings in 11 years. Many fans of the man see him as a charismatic actor, an outlaw, or the resolute young songwriter who turned Nashville on its head. Kris Kristofferson is all of those things, but most of all, he is a writer.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. The NAPM/SHOF not only celebrates songwriters and educates the public on their great achievements, but is also devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.

Over the course of the past 36 years, some key Songwriters’ Hall of Fame inductees have included Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, Bill Withers, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Paul Simon, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Sting, Randy Newman, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Jimmy Webb, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Cy Coleman, Marilyn and Alan Bergman and Stephen Sondheim, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Don McLean and Al Green, among many, many others.

Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Virtual Museum at www.songhall.org.

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Late Night with Conan O'Brien' Devotes Entire Show to U2 Thursday, October 6

As the rock superstars roll into New York City for seven sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, U2 will spend an e

ntire hour on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" Thursday, October 6 (12:35-1:35 am). U2 are expected to perform multiple songs. One of the most vital bands in rock, U2 have sold 120 million records worldwide and won 14 Grammy Awards.

Their current smash album, "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," has sold more than three million copies in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide. The band is currently on their sold-out Vertigo 2005 World Tour where they will play to more than 3.3 million people.

U2's Thursday appearance will be the first time that "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" has devoted an entire show to one guest. Other groundbreaking stints by the biggest musical artists of the day on "Late Night" have included a surprise performance by Bruce Springsteen before taking "Late Night" drummer Max Weinberg on the road, a weeklong stay by The White Stripes and a month-of-Tuesdays with The Strokes.

"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" is from NBC Universal Television Studios in association with Conaco and Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels and Jeff Ross are the executive producers. Allan Kartun directs. Mike Sweeney is head writer.

Source: Interscope Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Physical CD albums are "still the moneymaker" according to label executives. But, the precedented surge of music downloads could soon result in a change of reign.

With the rise in number of downloads comes questions regarding the best sources to download music. More information may be found at www.download-latest-online-music.com.

Despite another triple digit percent surge in music downloads, CD sales are still tops in the music industry. Come next year though, a dramatic change may be inevitable.

At the very least, the recently released 2005 stats seem to point towards that trend.

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MULTI-PLATINUM HIP HOP SUPERSTAR ICE CUBE KICKS OFF 21 CITY CLUB TOUR; ALBUM “LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER” SLATED FOR JUNE 6, 2006 RELEASE

Legendary rapper Ice Cube will kick off his first tour in six years tonight, in Anaheim, California. The cross country tour is in support of his forthcoming, seventh solo LP, “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” scheduled to be released June 6, 2006 independently through his own label, Lench Mob Records.

The tour will hit 21 cities through May 28th where it concludes in Phoenix. Fellow West Coast rappers Tha Dogg Pound as well as The Clipse have been tapped to support Ice Cube on this rare club run. Ice Cube will debut material from his upcoming album and dig deep into his 20-year recording career.

Boasting production from top-level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil’ Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and Dub C, Ice Cube is set to reclaim his title as Rap’s Heavyweight Champion. >From the buzz single and video, “Chrome and Paint” to the first official single, the Scott Storch-produced “Why We Thugs”, Ice Cube’s “Laugh Now, Cry Later” features 18 solid tracks, many of which he will be performing during this intimate trek. 

A complete list of concert tour stops follows:

Date                                       City                                                         Venue

April 20                                  Anaheim, CA                                        House of Blues

April 21                                  San Diego, CA                                     4th & B

April 22                                  Ventura, CA                                          Ventura Theatre

April 25                                  San Francisco, CA                              The Fillmore

April 26                                  Chico, CA                                              Senator Theatre

April 28                                  Portland, OR                                         Roseland Theatre

April 29                                  Seattle, WA                                           Showbox

April 30                                  Vancouver, BC                                     Commodore Ballroom

May 4                                     Minneapolis, MN                                  First Avenue

May 6                                     Chicago, IL                                           House of Blues

May 7                                     Cleveland, OH                                     House of Blues

May 9                                     Detroit, MI                                              St. Andrews Hall

May 12                                   New York City                                      BB King Blues Club

May 13                                   Philadelphia, PA                                  Trocadero

May 14                                   Washington DC                                   9:30 Club

May 18                                   Atlanta, GA                                            Earthlink Live

May 20                                   Houston, TX                                          Warehouse Live

May 23                                   Dallas, TX                                             Gypsy Ballroom

May 25                                   Denver, CO                                           Fillmore Auditorium

May 27                                   Las Vegas, NV                                     House of Blues

May 28                                   Phoenix, AZ                                          Marquee Theatre

(April 20, 2006 – New York, NY)
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Frank Sinatra's Acclaimed Final Studio Albums, 'Duets' and 'Duets II' Paired by Capitol/EMI for 'Duets and Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition'

New 2-CD Collection Includes Both All-Star Collaborative Albums, Plus a Previously Unreleased Willie Nelson Duet of 'My Way'

28 Duets on New Commemorative Collection Include Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Jimmy Buffett, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Lena Horne, Chrissie Hynde, Julio Iglesias, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Liza Minnelli, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross

In Stores: November 22, 2005

December 12, 2005 marks the 90th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth. Combined, Frank Sinatra's final studio albums, the immensely popular all-star collaborations "Duets" and "Duets II," have sold more than four million units in the U.S. since their original 1993 and 1994 release.

On November 22, Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing presents "Frank Sinatra -- Duets and Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition," a new 2-CD commemorative package with both original Duets albums, plus a previously unreleased version of "My Way," as sung by Willie Nelson and Sinatra.

Regarded by many as the greatest popular singer of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra's dynamic entertainment career spanned an unparalleled seven decades, and he became a household name around the world, also known as "Ol' Blue Eyes" and "The Chairman of the Board." From 1953 to 1960, Sinatra recorded more than 17 albums for Capitol Records. During Sinatra's years with Capitol, he pioneered and perfected the idea of the "concept album" by recording and sequencing songs on his LPs to strike and complete a specific mood.

In 1956, Frank Sinatra was the first artist to record in the newly-built Capitol Studios at Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles.

In June and July 1993, Sinatra returned to his Capitol Records' Studio A home to record "Duets," his first new album in more than nine years. He was joined by many of the world's most popular contemporary recording artists for what was referred to as "The Recording Event of The Decade."

Artists including Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross were paired with Sinatra for an album of standards, including many songs instantly associated with the Chairman of the Board.

"Duets II," released in 1994, followed global sales of more than five million units and worldwide critical and popular acclaim for "Duets." "Duets II" presented a musical extravaganza of the best international rock, jazz, pop, and country artists singing with Frank Sinatra. Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Lena Home, Chrissie Hynde, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight collaborated on creative new interpretations of songs, lyrics and arrangements that had been associated with Frank Sinatra throughout his extraordinary career.

For the recording of "Duets" and "Duets II," Sinatra and his collaborators were accompanied by a 54-piece orchestra. The albums' Musical Director and Conductor was Patrick Williams, one of the music and film industries' most acclaimed conductors. Both albums also feature the work of another great talent, the world-renowned artist LeRoy Neiman. The albums' original covers display Neiman's specially commissioned paintings of Frank Sinatra, both of which are included in "Duets -- 90th Birthday Edition."

From his first recording sessions in the 1930s until his death in May 1998, Frank Sinatra earned global acclaim as a recording artist and conductor, film producer, director and actor, and radio and television personality. Sinatra's impact on American culture endures to this day, reflected not only in the new music and countless young artists he's inspired, but also as an icon of timeless suave cool.

FRANK SINATRA - DUETS AND DUETS II:
90TH BIRTHDAY
LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION

DISC 1: Duets
1. Luther Vandross The Lady Is A Tramp
2. Aretha Franklin What Now My Love
3. Barbra Streisand I've Got A Crush On You
4. Julio Iglesias Summer Wind
5. Gloria Estefan Come Rain Or Shine
6. Tony Bennett New York, New York
7. Natalie Cole They Can't Take That Away From Me
8. Charles Aznavour You Make Me Feel So Young
9. Carly Simon Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry! / In The
Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
10. Liza Minnelli I've Got The World On A String
11. Anita Baker Witchcraft
12. Bono I've Got You Under My Skin
13. Kenny G All The Way/One For My Baby (and One
More For the Road)
DISC 2: Duets II
1. Stevie Wonder/Gladys Knight For Once In My Life
2. Linda Ronstadt Moonlight in Vermont
3. Willie Nelson Foggy Day In Londontown
4. Luis Miguel Come Fly With Me
5. Antonio Carlos Jobim Fly Me to the Moon
6. Lena Home Embraceable You
7. Neil Diamond The House I Live In
8. Chrissie Hynde Luck Be A Lady
9. Patti LaBelle Bewitched
10. Jon Secada The Best Is Yet To Come
11. Lorrie Morgan How Do You Keep/Funny Valentine
12. Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme Where or When
13. Frank Sinatra, Jr. My Kind of Town
14. Jimmy Buffett Mack the Knife
15. Willie Nelson My Way (previously unreleased bonus
track)

Source: Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 25, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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AEROSMITH Cancel Remaining Dates On "Rockin' The Joint" Tour

AEROSMITH have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on the fifth leg of their "Rockin' The Joint" sold-out North American tour (which has been ongoing since October 2005) in order for lead singer Steven Tyler to have surgery.

Despite AEROSMITH's desire to keep the tour going as long as possible, Tyler's doctors advised him not to continue performing to give his voice time to recover.

Tyler will be on total vocal rest and cannot perform for an extended period of time. AEROSMITH -- Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer -- apologize and regret any inconvenience to their fans.

The band is now on hiatus but look forward to being back in the saddle with a new album and new tour dates (TBA).

Source: MSO/Aerosmith
NEW YORK, March 22, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Superstar Beyonce Completes Search for 10-Piece All-Female Band

Beyonce to Perform Live at BET Awards Ceremony on June 27, 2006

Beyonce's Eagerly Awaited New Solo Album, 'B'Day,' in U.S. Stores Tuesday, September 5

Pop culture superstar Beyonce has completed her search for an all-female band and selected ten (plus two alternate) musicians to become her touring ensemble in support of her second solo album, "B'Day," slated for stateside release on Tuesday, September 5.

Some 1,000 aspiring musicians showed up for open-call auditions held earlier this month in New York, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles. 30 finalists were flown by Beyonce from their localities around the country into New York City to meet up with ten New York area finalists for an intense set of decisive auditions at the Sony Music Studios. Beyonce made her final band choices last Sunday.

Beyonce will perform live at the 2006 BET Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 27 at 8pm (Eastern/Pacific)/7pm (Central). (Check your local television listings.)

While an all-female band is rarity enough in the worlds of R&B and pop, Beyonce has doubled the funk by including two drummers and a percussionist in her groundbreaking new ensemble.

With a look as hot as their sound, the members of Beyonce's new band represent a diverse range of cultures and ethnicities. The names of Beyonce's new bandmates will be revealed soon. The personnel was drawn from the following locations.

The Band:

Horn section -- Tenor Sax (from New York City); Trumpet (from Summit, New Jersey); Alto Sax (from Denver, Colorado)

Drums (from Los Angeles, California and Fredericksburg, Virginia)

Percussion (from Houston, Texas)

Keyboards -- 1st keyboards (from Saga, Japan); 2nd keyboards (from Houston, Texas)

Bass (from Atlanta, Georgia)

Guitar (from Denver, Colorado)

In addition, Beyonce has chosen an alternate bassist from Tel Aviv, Israel and an alternative keyboardist from New York City.

Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records will release "B'Day," the much-anticipated new solo album from Beyonce, on Tuesday, September 5.

"B'Day" will be released worldwide on September 4, Beyonce's 25th birthday.

The pop music superstar's sophomore studio album premieres all new music produced, written and arranged by Beyonce. "Deja Vu," the album's first single, features guest artist Jay-Z with production by Rodney Jerkins. Beyonce's producers on B'Day include Rich Harrison, Sean Garrett, The Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz. B'Day is executive produced by Beyonce and Mathew Knowles.

Beyonce's new album is the artist's first full-length solo work since her #1 multi-platinum 2003 solo debut, "Dangerously In Love," which earned her five 2004 Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Song ("Crazy In Love"). With her five-in-one-year Grammy win, Beyonce tied the record for the most Grammys to be won in a single year by a female artist. "Dangerously In Love" and "Crazy In Love" made chart history when both album and single simultaneously hit #1 in the U.S. and the UK (which hadn't happened since 1983). Beyonce toured for the first time as a solo artist in 2003 in support of "Dangerously In Love," which has sold more than 11 million records worldwide.

Fan club: http://www.welovebeyonce.com/

http://www.beyonceonline.com/

http://www.houseofdereon.com/

http://www.columbiarecords.com/

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

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R&B superstar Beyoncé will celebrate her 25th birthday on September 4th in true diva fashion with the release of her much anticipated second solo album, B’day, dropping the day after.  

On August 16th Yahoo! Music will premiere the smoking hot new video for the “bootylicious” singer’s second single, “Ring The Alarm,” directed by music video legend Sophie Muller, whose other credits include Eurythmics, No Doubt and Shakira. Beyoncé will also be performing the brand new single at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards on August 31st.  

As if the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman didn’t have enough to do by writing, arranging and co-producing her upcoming double disc album, she also stars along side Jamie Fox and Eddie Murphy in the musical Dreamgirls, set to hit movie theaters on December 21st. Be sure to check out Beyoncé as well as the rest of the week’s video premieres at http://music.yahoo.com/premieres.

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On September 21, 2006 a United States District Court in Houston dismissed a copyright infringement case brought against Beyonce and the co-authors of the Grammy (R) Award-winning, number one hit song "Baby Boy." Judge Nancy Atlas ruled that Beyonce and the other defendants named in case did not infringe the copyright in the plaintiff's song.

In response to the court's decision, Beyonce said, "It's unfortunate that lawsuits such as this one occur, but I am grateful and relieved to have this behind me and I am eager to move on."

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Blue Man Group Launches New Album Live at The Venetian - Las Vegas in June

Blue Man Group Records will release Live at The Venetian -- Las Vegas in June 2006, with the single and video for "Rods and Cones" available in advance of the full album. Inspired by music industry advancements in distribution, the critically acclaimed Blue Man Group will digitally release the new live recording of their ongoing Las Vegas production at The Venetian(R) Resort Hotel Casino on iTunes. Video and audio podcasts will also be available.

The digital distribution offers instant availability -- downloading the Vegas experience will be as easy as the click of a button. "As the music industry business model changes, we are excited about the expanding opportunities that online distribution provides," said Blue Man Group Records Sr. General Manager Seth Freed.

The Blue Man Group production at The Venetian in Las Vegas showcases the wildly popular Blue Man Group combining music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to create a totally unique form of entertainment -- designed for maximum emotional impact. According to Blue Man Group co-founder Chris Wink, "Our trademark has become the party atmosphere the show creates in its own quirky and wonderful way."

Blue Man Group co-founders Wink, Matt Goldman, and Phil Stanton realized how the combination of the new custom-built theatre and state-of-the-art sound system at The Venetian present the Blue Men and band on a whole new performance level, and the goal of this recording is to offer the exuberant Blue Man Las Vegas experience to an audience beyond the Vegas strip.

Although Blue Man Group is best known for their crowd pleasing theatrical shows currently playing in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Berlin and Toronto, they have also launched two full albums and scored various film and television projects. Live at The Venetian -- Las Vegas is their latest foray into the recording industry.

The Blue Man Group debut album, Audio, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental category in 2001, and has subsequently been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The Complex, Blue Man Group's full fledged rock album, was released in 2003 and features collaborations with Dan the Automator, Tracy Bonham, Esthero, Josh Haden, Dave Matthews, Gavin Rossdale and others. Blue Man Group's The Complex Rock Tour reached nearly 100 cities across the United States and Canada. In 2004, Blue Man Group won critical praise for its first television score, providing the dramatic sound for Fox's "The Jury," as well as Intel's Pentium 3, Pentium 4, and Centrino television advertisements. Furthering their initiative into film scoring, Blue Man Group collaborated on the John Powell score of the 20th Century Fox 2005 hit animated motion picture and DVD, Robots. A new rock concert tour from Blue Man Group hits the road September 2006.

As the company grows, it remains true to its vision of providing exciting experiences in a variety of media, appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. More information can be found at http://www.blueman.com/ .

Source: Blue Man Group Records

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Bo Bice 'American Idol' Finalist Releases Debut Album, 'The Real Thing,' On December 13; Title Track is New Single

Multiple TV Appearances Scheduled; CMT Airs One-Hour Bice Special on Jan. 13

Bo Bice, "American Idol" fourth season finalist, will release his much-anticipated debut album, "The Real Thing," on 19 Recordings/RCA Records on Dec. 13. Produced by Clive Davis, the album teams Bice with Chad Kroeger, Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Ben Moody, John Shanks, and Swedish producer Max Martin. "It's so cool to be surrounded by people like that," says the singer from Birmingham, Alabama. "You just feel grateful every day."

There will be two editions of "The Real Thing." In addition to a regular CD, there will be a DualDisc version with bonus material, including three extra songs written by Bice. The DualDisc version will include the full album in enhanced stereo; a 22-minute video of "A Day in the Life" of Bo; an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Bo in the studio, at promo appearances, photo shoots and meeting his fans; the three bonus audio tracks "Cinnamon & Novocaine," "Sinner in a Sin" and "Whiskey, Women and Time"; and acoustic performances of "Changing for the Better," "Whisky, Women and Time," "Sinner in a Sin" and "Papillon."

Bo will support the release of "The Real Thing" with multiple television appearances, including "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (Dec. 5), "The Billboard Music Awards" (Dec. 6), "The Today Show" and "Live With Regis and Kelly" (both Dec. 9), Ellen (Dec. 13), "The Tony Danza Show" (Dec. 15), "The Early Show" (Dec. 16), "The Radio Music Awards (Dec. 19) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Dec. 20).

On Dec. 11, the Oxygen Network will air "A Holiday Custom Concert Special -- Featuring Bo Bice and Special Guests." He'll wrap up the year with a one-hour special, "In the Moment With Bo Bice," airing Jan. 13, 2006 on CMT.

There will be three opportunities for Bo's fans to watch him perform live. The fans are invited to watch Bo give an outdoor performance at Rockefeller Center for the Dec. 9 appearance on "The Today Show."

They can also attend the taping of the Oxygen Network special in New York on Dec. 7. and on Dec. 20, fans can watch Bo perform live on the outdoor set of Jimmy Kimmel's show.

"Bo Bice is indeed 'the real thing'," says Clive Davis, Chairman CEO BMG U.S. "The album's title is so very accurate in not only reflecting its first single but also the extent of who and what Bo and his talent represent."

The tracks on Bo's debut album include:

"The Real Thing" (written by Kara DioGuardi and Marti Frederiksen; produced by Marti Frederiksen). "That's an incredible tune," says Bo. "I had a great time recording it with Marti. He's just like me, a laid-back cat, pretty mellow. We started working between 10am and lunch and would go for 12 hours and just had fun." Dioguardi adds, "It's about a man saying to a woman, 'I know you have these feelings and I know you're not saying them and it looks like you want to say them.'"

"You're Everything" (written by Chad Kroeger; produced by Chad Kroeger and Joey Moi). "Chad and Joey are great guys," says Bo. "Chad brought an incredible song to the table. I love the tune. I met the guys in New York, hung out for a minute, and we started recording."

"U Make Me Better" (written by Martin Sandberg and Lukasz Gottwald; produced by Max Martin). "Max and Dr. Luke were a lot of fun to work with. Max has some major league hits and he's real genuine and humble. Max and I are kindred spirits; we got each other right away," says Bo.

"Nothing Without You" (written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and John Shanks; produced by John Shanks). "John and I are both guitar freaks," says Bo. "I met Richie Sambora when we did 'The Tonight Show' together last June. He pitched a song to Clive." John Shanks adds, "Bo steps up to the mic and gives you a great performance from the get-go." Shanks had been working with Jon and Richie on Bon Jovi's "Have a Nice Day" album. "We had been saving this song and I told Jon and Richie we should see if Bo liked it," Shanks explains. "It's a modern pop-rock song. The hook says that all of this means nothing without you. I can go through life but without sharing it with someone you love, it's meaningles

s." "My World" (written by Mitch Allan and John Allen; produced by Ben Moody). "That song is on the poppier end of the spectrum," says Bo. Moody calls Bo, "the real deal," adding, "He can stand there with an acoustic guitar and play classic rock tunes for an hour and you'll never lose interest ... the guy is just a star!"

"Remember Me" (written by Kara DioGuardi and Marti Frederiksen; produced by Marti Frederiksen). "That's one of my favorites," Bo enthuses. "Marti and Kara wrote it for me. I've played it live several times because it's such a cool song." DioGuardi elaborates, "It's about a love that's gone bad. It says now that we're done and I'm crushed, don't ever forget me. It's a plea to be remembered even though things have gone bad."

"Hold On to Me" (written by Jess Cates, Dennis Matkosky and Lindy Robbins; produced by John Shanks). "That's another song from the poppier side," says Bo. Shanks adds, "I kept it in the same vibe as 'Nothing Without You' so there would be a sonic consistency on the album. I'm the kind of producer who listens to the demo and honors it by taking the best elements and being respectful to the writers who worked so hard on the song, and try to make it into a hit record."

"Lie ... It's All Right" (written by Martin Sandberg and Lukasz Gottwald; produced by Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald). "It's a real heavy pop tune," says Bo.

"It's My Life" (written by Cliff Magness, Kara DioGuardi and Bo Bice; produced by Cliff Magness). "Cliff and I wrote some of it and then we brought in Kara to help us round off some corners," Bo recalls. "Cliff and I had been talking about how weird and crazy life was and that we just move along and try to enjoy every moment of it." DioGuardi adds, "When we were writing for Bo we concentrated on channeling his emotions -- the strain, the angst, the release. All the things he did on 'American Idol' that made him so great."

"Willing to Try" (written by John Shanks and Richie Sambora; produced by John Shanks). "It's so cool to have someone like Richie that I've admired my entire life write a song because they saw you and were inspired by you," says Bo. Shanks confirms, "We wrote that especially for Bo. It has elements of Otis Redding, giving Bo a chance to stretch out in a more soulful way. The lyrics are about the obstacles of relationships and that through adversity, you're willing to try even though it's easy to give up."

"Valley of Angels" (written by Bo Bice and Cliff Magness; produced by Cliff Magness). "It's a very introspective tune I wrote several years ago," Bo explains. "It's about finding inner peace. I had one of my old guitars in the studio and was warming up with this song when Cliff asked me what the song was. It was incomplete, so Cliff wrote an instrumental bridge and I put some lyrics over his bridge."

SOURCE RCA Records
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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BO BICE SIGNS EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT WITH BUDDY LEE ATTRACTIONS

(Nashville, TN) – RCA Recording Artist BO BICE has signed with prestigious national booking agency Buddy Lee Attractions, Inc. for exclusive representation.

The platinum-selling artist is currently on tour in support of his debut album and the hit single, “The Real Thing” which is currently in the top 5 on MTV’s TRL and screaming up the charts at radio!

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of such a talented young man,” says Responsible Agent Joey Lee. “Millions have seen first hand his incredibly dynamic performance through American Idol, and we hope to continue that task by putting Bo in front of many, many more.”

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Promo Only MPE, the music industry’s number one choice in secure content delivery, today announced that it exclusively digitally delivered Bob Seger’s new track ‘Wait for Me’ first to U.S. radio via the Promo Only MPE System.

‘Wait for Me’ is the first single from Seger’s much anticipated album ‘Face The Promise’ on Capitol Records. Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The Grammy winner has sold over 50 million albums to date and has over 18 platinum and multi-platinum tracks.

“We chose Promo Only MPE to exclusively distribute this eagerly awaited track to radio because we knew that it is the fastest and most reliable way of getting our music delivered,” said Ed Green, Senior Vice President of Promotion at Capitol Records. “We wanted the track to be made available to listeners as soon as possible. Promo Only MPE was the only system we could depend on to get our music out quickly and safely.”

“Promo Only MPE is thrilled to work with Capitol Records to exclusively deliver tracks for such a high profile artist as Bob Seger”, said Dean Ernst, Director of Promo Only MPE. “With the most users installed, the most tracks delivered to radio and the highest adoption rate across all formats, it was the natural choice for Capitol Records to ask Promo Only MPE to deliver his single to radio first.”

Promo Only MPE has been leading the music industry in digital distribution in the United States since its launch in October of 2004. To date, the system has well over 8,500 individual registered users, predominantly radio station programmers.

In excess of 19,000 tracks have been distributed through the Promo Only MPE System for labels including Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music Group and Warner Music Group. 2005 marked the partnership deal with Mediabase 24/7 monitoring service and the unveiling of the first ever digital distribution system with Spanish language capabilities, allowing it to serve the growing number of Spanish speaking radio stations and Latin label divisions in the United States. In 2006, Radio and Records announced that they will combine with Promo Only as the exclusive sales representative for the Promo Only MPE System.

Promo Only MPE was the first company to have released a Mac version of its digital distribution system. The Promo Only MPE System is the only product of its kind to feature true iPod support, by servicing Apple’s AAC files. The recently released version 2.0 features a number of key upgrades including music video delivery capabilities and linear HD audio support.

Promo Only MPE is a partnership between Destiny Media Technologies and Promo Only. Promo Only MPE is the preferred system of choice for every major broadcaster including Infinity, Citadel, Clear Channel, Cox, Cumulus, Salem Communications, Radio One, Emmis, Entercom, Sirius, Journal, ABC, DMX, CBS, Jones Radio, Yahoo, AOL, Music Choice, Disney, Univision, Westwood One, Regent, Premiere Radio, Next Media and many others.

About Promo Only

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

About Destiny Media Technologies

Destiny Media Technologies, Inc. (www.dsny.com) (DSNY.OB) is a leader in developing easy-to-use tools for distributing digital media through the internet. The company's suite of streaming and downloadable products includes: Clipstream(tm), Destiny Media Player (tm), Radio Destiny (tm) and MPE (tm). Established in 1991, the company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Website: www.promoonly.com

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Bobby Valentino releases new R&B "Special Occassion" CD September 19 R&B Music Sensation and male “Soul of DTP”, Bobby Valentino, returns to the spotlight with the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, “Special Occasion” which will be released by DTP/Island Def Jam on September 19th. Showcasing his vocal talents through a 14-track masterpiece, the album is beautifully balanced with harmonious, sexy, melodious ballads and mid-tempos synonymous with his signature sound. Valentino’s evolution as one of the most respected songwriters and artists today will be undeniable once listeners get a glimpse of “Special Occasion,” arguably his best body of work to date.
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BEYONCÉ AND PRINCE LEAD GALAXY OF STARS AT THE BET AWARDS ’06 ON JUNE 27 WITH SHOW-STOPPING PERFORMANCES

Megastar Lineup Also Includes Top Nominee Jamie Foxx, Host Damon Wayans, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo, T.I., Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, and Many More

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BET Awards Gift-Bag Goodies Donated by Thandie Newton, Chaka Khan & Others, to be Auctioned on eBay, Benefiting AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Auction Opens Mon., July 3rd at 5:00 p.m.

What: eBay Auction of BET Awards Gift Bag Items Donated by celebrities such as Harry Belafonte, Marlon Wayans, Lil John, Three Six Mafia, Chamillionaire and Will.i.am from the Black-Eyed Peas, items up for auction include signed memorabilia, Chanel sunglasses, gold jewelry and watches as well as designer clothing

Where: http://stores.ebay.com/otcstores

When: Opens Monday, July 3rd, 5:00 p.m. (Closes July 10th, 5:00 p.m.)

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Barbra Streisand has broken records at all 5 venues she has played to date on her 2006 Streisand Tour.

Her latest top grossing records were set at the Verizon Center in Washington and Bell Centre in Montreal, coming on the heels of those she recently set in Philadelphia and Columbus.

Additionally, her October 9th appearance at Madison Square Garden was the third highest grossing ever, exceeded only by her own September 2000 shows. She now holds the record for all three of the highest grossing shows in the venue's long history.

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Producer David Gest Announces All-Star Performance Line-Up for 'DIONNE WARWICK: 45TH ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR' TV Special at Kodak Theatre January 26, 2006

TV Special Includes Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Gloria Estefan, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Jill Scott, Olivia Newton-John & Many More!!!

Award-winning producer DAVID GEST announced today the musical line-up for his Extreme Entertainment Enterprises, Inc. production of "DIONNE WARWICK: 45TH ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR" which will be taped as a television special at the Kodak Theatre on January 26, 2006 at 6:30 P.M. According to Gest, "I'm overwhelmed by the response of so many artists who will participate in this All-Star Salute to the legendary Dionne Warwick." Her professional career began in 1961. Dionne has had over 60 Top 100 records in her 45-year career and has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Those confirmed to perform at the Kodak Theatre on January 26, 2006 celebrating her 45th Anniversary in the entertainment business are (alphabetically): Yolanda Adams, Ashford & Simpson, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Shirley Caesar, Richard Carpenter, Deborah Cox, Andre Crouch, Sandra Crouch, The Emotions, Gloria Estefan, Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Cissy Houston, Olivia Newton-John, Kashif, Gladys Knight, Gerald Levert, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Brian McKnight, Mya, Milton Nascimento, The O'Jays, Jeffrey Osborne, Della Reese, Sir Cliff Richard, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott, Richard Smallwood, The Spinners, Candi Staton, Angie Stone, B.J. Thomas, Leslie Uggams, Dee Dee Warwick, Nancy Wilson, BeBe Winans, Cece Winans, Stevie Wonder and that's just the beginning! There will also be a segment with Dionne performing for the first time with all of the legendary composers of her many hit tunes, including songwriters Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Thom Bell, Isaac Hayes, Holland-Dozier-Holland and Richard Kerr.

"I have a lot of surprises planned for this evening and more than 100 stars from the recording, film, television and sports industries are already confirmed in the audience. This is going to be a very special night for Dionne and I am very proud to be a part of this television special," said Gest.

The evening will feature a 48 member orchestra and chorus under the direction of Joey Melotti and Kathy Rubbicco. Tickets for the public for the concert only are $65.00, $95.00, $125.00, $150.00 and are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets by calling 1-213-480-3232 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

According to Gest, following the concert there will be an invitation only All-Star Gala Champagne Dinner Celebration, Jam & Carnival with Silent & Live Auction benefiting The Starkey Hearing Foundation at the Hollywood Palladium from 9:30 P.M.-1:00 A.M. More than twenty corporations have donated prizes for the carnival and twenty legendary acts will perform live for Dionne's guests to dance the night away.

The Dinner Chairmen for the event are William & Tani Austin, Angie Dickinson and Gladys Knight. American Airlines/American Eagle have been set as the "official airline of Dionne Warwick: 45th Anniversary Spectacular" with other sponsors including Aces Oasis, Tsunami Books and CESII.

To date, David Gest has produced more than 100 shows throughout the world and has the distinction of producing the highest rated musical special in television history "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration" on CBS TV in December, 2001 which was seen by an estimated 44 million people. He also produced the triumphant comeback on Broadway of Liza Minnelli in "Liza's Back!" as well as the American Cinema Awards for 14 years and the International Achievement In Arts Awards for 5 years.

Source: Extreme Entertainment Enterprises, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2005 /PRNewswire/

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American Idol Carrie Underwood Debuts at Number One on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart

Carrie Underwood Highest Selling Debut Country Artist in the SoundScan Era

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood made history today when her debut 19 Recordings/Arista Records album, Some Hearts, moved more than 314,000 units in its first week of release, making her the highest debuting new artist in the country genre since SoundScan began. Carrie also earned the distinction of selling more units than any other debut female American Idol star to date. In addition, Carrie's album is the highest charting album for a debut artist in 2005.

The sales numbers easily put Some Hearts at the top of Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, with an overall ranking of Number 2 on the Billboard 200 which ranks albums of all genres.

Carrie Underwood's impressive sales numbers were propelled by two hit singles at separate radio formats. "Jesus, Take The Wheel" is currently sitting at 14 Bullet on the Billboard Monitor Country chart and is gaining momentum more quickly than any other record at the format. In fact, the track made chart history earlier this fall by becoming the first single by a new artist to debut inside the Top 40 on the country charts since BDS monitoring started in 1990. On the pop side, the title track "Some Hearts," which was shipped to radio only weeks ago, is quickly climbing the Billboard Monitor Pop charts, giving the vocalist exposure on country and pop radio formats out of the box, a rarity in today's music business and virtually unheard of for a new artist.

In addition to the remarkable radio airplay, Carrie has only just begun a slate of television performances which will remind fans of the spectacular voice and charismatic stage presence that earned her the top spot at this year's American Idol competition. Ms. Underwood's performance at the recent CMA Awards made show history when she became the first artist with only one single to secure a coveted performance and presenter slot on the biggest Country Music primetime television show of the year.

Carrie also recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on the Today Show and will perform on The View today. She is scheduled to make appearances on Ellen and the Billboard Awards.

In addition, Carrie will bring some holiday cheer to television audiences by singing Christmas songs on shows like Dr. Phil, TNT's upcoming "Christmas in Washington" special and on the annual Christmas at Rockefeller Center. Carrie will be the subject of a profile on NBC's Dateline in early December as well as a profile on CMT's "In The Moment" on December 16th.

Thanksgiving is a particularly exciting day for Carrie -- the music video for "Jesus, Take The Wheel" is set to debut on CMT on Thanksgiving Day as a "Hot Shot" and she will perform "Some Hearts" on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

With such a strong promotional schedule, radio airplay continuing on the upswing, and a slew of magazine features still to come, Carrie Underwood will undoubtedly become very familiar with the top of the charts for the remainder of 2005 and beyond.

Source: Arista Records
NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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AOL RED, the online home for teens, invites aspiring filmmakers between the ages of 13 and 17 to grab their video cameras and make a scary movie for its annual Halloween Scary Movie Contest.

Scary Movie entries will be judged according to three criteria: setting, acting and originality. AOL RED will select the five top semi-finalists and post the videos online before asking RED users to vote for their favorites. The person whose film receives the most votes takes home the grand prize.

The winner will be announced on Halloween. One lucky winner will receive the grand prize, an Apple® MacBookPro laptop computer (2.16 GHz) with a 15.4" screen and a copy of FinalCut Express HD 3.5 video editing software. One First Prize winner will receive a Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6 digital video camera and an 80GB Apple® iPod. And one second prize winner will receive an 80GB Apple ® iPod.

“Last Halloween, our talented audience sent us movies that were scary, funny, creepy, weird or completely off the wall … we love that!” said Malcolm Bird, Senior Vice President, AOL Kids and Teens. “Now we challenge teens everywhere to get creative, have fun and show us what you’ve got.”

To enter, send a VHS or DVD movie, no longer than 3 minutes, with your name, address, phone number, date of birth and email address to: AOL "Make Your Own Scary Movie" Contest c/o AOL, 22265 Pacific Blvd., Dulles, VA 20166. A minor (a person under 18 years of age) submitting an entry must include his/her parent's/legal guardian's name and daytime telephone number. All entries must be received by October 11. http://www.theinnocentsonred.com/Scary-Movie/scary_movie.htm

About AOL’s RED™

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Arlo Guthrie to Play the New New Orleans New Year Celebration in Jackson Square

Showcases the soul and spirit of the Crescent City, the Countdown Club presents the 2005 New New Orleans New Year Celebration including Arlo Guthrie, Saturday, December 31, 2005

Showcasing the soul and spirit of the Crescent City, the Countdown Club presents the 2005 New New Orleans New Year Celebration sponsored by Glazer’s Companies of Louisiana and Pyrotecnico of Louisiana at Jackson Square on Decatur Street, Saturday, December 31, 2005. For information call (985) 630-4604 or log on to www.neworleansonline.com.

Arlo Guthrie & Friends arrived in New Orleans on December 16 to play two benefit concerts at Tipitina’s on the Amtrak City of New Orleans train. Arlo and musical friends had performed benefit concerts along the train’s route starting in Chicago and riding down to New Orleans raising thousands of dollars for small clubs and musicians to get them the “gear” they need get up and running. Arlo’s idea of helping to rebuild the infrastructure of the city’s music scene caught attention and support from across the United States and around the world. Arlo was the first artist to make a hit of Steve Goodman’s song, “City of New Orleans.” The Countdown Club extended an invitation then and there to Arlo to come back for the New Year’s celebration.

Finishing touches are being made to the gumbo pot that will ascend a pole to signal the midnight hour and launch a barrage of fireworks over the Mississippi River for the New New Orleans New Year celebration in the French Quarter. “ I think I can say without a doubt that New Orleans will be the only city in the world to drop a gumbo pot,” says Brian Kern of Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World and Vice President of the Crescent City Countdown Club.

Produced by the Crescent City Countdown Club, festivities will begin at 8 p.m. in traditional New Orleans style with the Coolbone Brass Band, followed by Vivaz from 8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Arlo Guthrie will take the stage to perform his hit “City of New Orleans” and other favorites at 9:45 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. Louisiana LeRoux will play up to the midnight hour.

All eyes will then be cast to the top of the Jax Brewhouse Condominiums for the gumbo pot drop as a barrage of fireworks blankets the sky over the Mississippi River. Choreographed to music by New Orleans musicians, the exquisite “Symphony in the Sky” will be simulcast live on Magic 101.9 FM and WWL 870 AM and heard in 38 states across the U.S.

(PRWEB) December 30, 2005 --
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2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Set for April 19-21 in Los Angeles

Building on the extraordinary, sold-out success of this spring's ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO - the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing - ASCAP announces plans to stage an even larger, more comprehensive event for music creators, April 19-21, 2007 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
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ASCAP Announces Artist Line-Up for 2006 Sundance Film Festival Daytime Music Café

Brazilian Girls, Rodney Crowell, Judy Collins, Imogen Heap, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Penn, Sharon Stone and Rufus Wainwright Among Featured Performers

ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is pleased to announce the artist line-up for the daytime programming at the Sundance Film Festival Music Café during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The Music Café is located at The Star Bar, 268 Main Street. Daytime performances, produced by ASCAP, will be open to Festival credential holders from January 20 - 28, 2006. Performances will take place each day from 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Friday, January 20).

For the eighth consecutive year, ASCAP will present an exciting and dynamic mix of promising up-and-comers, established and distinguished artists from across the musical spectrum. This year's featured performers include 2 Foot Yard, Athlete, Augustana, Bird York, Brazilian Girls, Judy Collins, Rodney Crowell, Mike Doughty, Schuyler Fisk, Inara George, Darren Hayes from Savage Garden, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Imogen Heap, Kristin Hoffmann, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Janson, Lyfe, Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Michael Penn, The Persephone's Bees, Robert Post, Roberto Poveda, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, Sharon Stone & Friends, Rufus Wainwright, The Weepies, and Musicians from Wristcutters: A Love Story.

The Music Café, with daytime programming by ASCAP, continues to be one of the most popular draws at the Festival. It is dedicated to showcasing the exceptional talent of new artists, top names and emerging artists, and is a place where independent filmmakers can meet and interact with film composers and songwriters to encourage collaboration amongst all of these talents.

Over the years, ASCAP has presented a stellar line-up of legendary and cutting-edge artists at the Music Café such as And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, India.Arie, Joseph Arthur with Ben Harper & Peter Gabriel, Edie Brickell, Jon Brion, Peter Cincotti, Guy Clark, Clem Snide, Shawn Colvin, Billy Currington, John Doe, The Dresden Dolls, Mary Gauthier, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Joe Jackson, Angelique Kidjo, Kings of Leon, Ben Kweller, Jonny Lang, Daniel Lanois, Los Pinguos, Martin Luther, Michael McDonald, Nellie McKay, Lori McKenna, Midnight Movies, Raúl Midón, Jason Mraz, Anna Nalick, Nickel Creek, Old 97's, Fernando Osorio, Linda Perry, Glen Phillips Damien Rice, Josh Ritter, Sweet Pea Atkinson & Was (Not Was) Quintet featuring Don & David Was, Wayne Kramer & Narada Michael Walden and Bernie Worrell, Suzanne Vega, Saul Williams, and many others.

About ASCAP

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 225,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/05/2006 --

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Ashlee Simpson Sets Summer 2006 Tour

I AM ME Tour to Hit 32 Cities, The Veronicas and Ashley Parker Angel to Perform Show Openers

Ashlee Simpson is embarking on her second major United States tour in less than two years with the official kick-off of the "I AM ME" Summer 2006 Tour in Santa Barbara, CA on June 5, 2006. The "I AM ME" tour will hit arenas and amphitheatres in more than 32 cities across the United States including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando, Denver, Memphis and Houston over a three month stretch. The Veronicas and Ashley Parker Angel will support on all dates.

Simpson's sophomore effort I AM ME debuted at the top of the Billboard charts on October 18, 2005, just as her first album AUTOBIOGRAPHY did in 2004. To date, Simpson's albums have sold nearly six million copies and she has successful acting credits on "7th Heaven" and a critically praised feature film debut in "Undiscovered," to her name. Simpson recently hosted the Australian MTV Video Music Awards and has appeared on countless magazine covers including Elle, Blender, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Jane.

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Back By Popular Demand; Grammy Award Winning Babyface to Heat Up the Stage With Fall Tour

Still riding high from the debut of his much anticipated CD, Grown & Sexy, and his "by invitation-only" performances this past summer, 10-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, is confirmed to embark on at 13 city tour this fall, beginning November 23, 2005, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA.

A consummate performer who absolutely commands the stage, Babyface delighted fans and music industry tastemakers this summer with rare, exclusive performances at various W Hotels across the country as well as selected concert dates.

Once again, audiences will get the opportunity to witness Babyface's superstar magnitude as he performs a repertoire of hits ranging from songs he has either written and/or produced for others (Boyz II Men, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton) to his very own #1 hit singles ("Whip Appeal," "For The Cool In You," "Change The World"). Joining Babyface on stage will be special guest Rob Lewis Presents The Movement Orchestra.

Babyface continues to be a staple in the Pop & R&B music scene as one of the greatest hitmakers in the history of popular music. Reviews of his 9th and latest CD, Grown & Sexy, have been nothing short of spectacular. Entertainment Weekly stated that Grown & Sexy "is as catchy as ever." People declared that Babyface "makes adult, ultra-romantic R&B that is as smooth as satin sheets."

The tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
11/23 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
11/25 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern LG
11/26 San Diego, CA 4th and B
11/27 Anaheim, CA The Grove
11/29 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
12/3 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
12/4 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
12/6 Detroit, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills
12/8 Upper Marlboro, MD The Show Place Arena
12/9 Atlantic City, NJ Music Box at the Borgata
12/10 New York, NY Apollo Theatre
12/12 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
12/13 Atlanta, GA Civic Center

For more news on Babyface, please visit http://www.babyfacemusic.com/.

Source: J Records
NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Bring Two Nice Jewish Boys Home for the Holidays

Indie-Rock Stalwarts Gift Us This Holiday Season

Guster's Adam Gardner and The Zambonis' Dave Schneider have joined forces to bring you an instant indie-pop Hanukkah classic. JDub Records / Reprise Records are proud to announce The LeeVees on tour, kicking off in Baltimore on November 28th, in support of their debut release, "Hanukkah Rocks."

Producer Peter Katis (Interpol, Get Up Kids) embraced the music that sprang from the hearts and minds of these two musicians whose careers have been steeped in indie pop. The song styles range from the Beach Boys-esque "Latke Clan" to the punk crunch of Ramones-inspired, "Gelt Melts" to the Hawaiian-sounding ode to a retiree who longs to be in Florida, "At the Timeshare." Yes, every song is about Hanukkah. Some say such a concept is a bit obsessive but Adam and Dave prefer the phrase "extremely focused."

The LeeVees touring band also features rabbi's-kid Shank Bone (keyboards) and Michael Azzerad (drums) author of "This Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From The American Indie Underground 1981-1991."

Come share in the holiday joy as The LeeVees hit your town on the Bare Naked For The Holidays Tour.

The LeeVees Tour Dates w/ Barenaked Ladies:

*The LeeVees Solo Headlining Tour Dates:

*11/27 Sun Bridgeport, CT Acoustic Cafe

11/28 Mon Baltimore, MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

11/29 Tue Verona, NY The Turning Stone Casino & Resort

12/1 Thur Portland, ME Cumberland Co. Civic Center

12/2 Fri Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino

12/3 Sat Sewell, NJ Commerce Bank Arts Center

12/5 Mon Youngstown, OH Youngstown Convocation Center

*12/6 Tue Farmington Hills, MI Adat Shalom Synagogue

12/7 Wed Chicago, IL Chicago Auditorium Theatre

12/8 Thur St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center Bowl

12/10 Sat Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

12/12 Mon Tucson, AZ Tucson Convention Center

12/13 Tue Santa Monica, CA Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

12/14 Wed San Francisco, CA Nob Hill Masonic Center

*12/17 Sat Washington, DC Jewish Community Center

Headlining JDub's Jewltide Hanukkah Bash:

12/26 Mon New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

12/27 Tue Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

www.jdubrecords.org

www.repriserecords.com

www.theleevees.com

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/18/2005 --
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British Rock Band Keane to Perform and Sign New CD at Borders(R) Time Warner Center - The Shops at Columbus Circle

Keane, 2005 BRIT Award winner for British Breakthrough Act and Best British Album, and 2005 Grammy (R) Award nominee for Best New Artist.

VH1 artist, Keane, performs music from the group's new CD, "Under The Iron Sea." This event, presented with VH1, includes a CD autographing session on Friday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle - Celebrity Level in New York.

Keane is performing only in a few select U.S. cities. This event offers fans the opportunity to meet the band in an intimate setting and be one of the first to purchase a copy of "Under the Iron Sea" and have it autographed. "Under the Iron Sea" follows Keane's highly successful debut release, "Hopes and Fears," which sold more than five million copies worldwide. VH1, the music and pop culture network and event co-presenter, will be onsite along with their Top 20 Countdown and VH1 News crews.

To ensure the members of Keane are able to meet as many fans as possible, the artists will not be able to personalize their message when autographing their CDs and DVD. No photographs are allowed at the signing table. No items other than the CDs "Under the Iron Sea" and "Hopes and Fears," as well as the two-disc DVD documentary "Strangers," will be autographed at this event. No memorabilia will be signed.

Beginning Friday, June 23 at 8 a.m., 500 wristbands will be given to customers who have purchased a copy of "Under the Iron Sea" and show proof of purchase. There is a limit of two autographed items per wristband. The wristbands will be presented on a first come, first served basis. Wristbands are numbered to hold space in line, however, having a wristband does not guarantee the opportunity to meet Keane. Copies of "Under the Iron Sea," "Hopes and Fears," and "Strangers" are available for purchase at Borders stores.

The performance portion of the event will take place in the atrium adjacent to the entrance of the Borders store in the Time Warner Center - The Shops at Columbus Circle. The autographing session will occur inside the Borders store immediately following Keane's performance.

Source: Borders

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Pop singer Britney Spears has filed for divorce from aspiring rapper and husband Kevin "K-Fed" Federline, according to several news reports.

The filing, in the Los Angelese County Superior Court, cites "irreconcilable difference."

In 2004, Spears, 24, married Federline, 28. They have a one-year old son, Sean Preston, and a son born Sept. 12, identified in court papers as Jayden James Federline.

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Columbia Records Set to Release 'Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook' as Dualdisc & Traditional CD

Album Reunites Bette Midler & Producer Barry Manilow On New Tribute To Incomparable Pop-Jazz Legend In Stores October 25

Columbia Records will release Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook, as both a traditional CD and as a DualDisc, on Tuesday, October 25.

Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook reunites Bette with producer Barry Manilow, her original piano accompanist and musical director. In 2003, Manilow -- who produced Midler's first two breakthrough albums, Divine Ms. M (1972) and Bette Midler (1973) -- helmed Bette's Grammy-nominated RIAA gold-certified Columbia Records debut, Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook, her highest-charting album of the SoundScan era.

Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook pays tribute to the enduring brilliance and fantastic range of one of the most alluring female jazz vocal stylists of all time, Miss Peggy Lee.

Bette Midler conjures soulful interpretations of Peggy Lee's most memorable songs including the Grammy- winning signature tunes "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?" as well as "Alright, Okay, You Win," "I Love Being Here With You" (duet with Barry Manilow), "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe," "I'm A Woman," "He's A Tramp," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "Big Spender," and "Mr. Wonderful."

The DualDisc edition of Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook includes a DVD side with all ten album tracks in enhanced PCM stereo, five complete songs including a version of "Is That All There Is?" recorded live-in-the- studio, never-before-seen home movie footage of Peggy Lee, archival TV and film appearances by Peggy Lee, and interviews with Bette Midler and Peggy Lee's daughter, Nicki Lee Foster, and granddaughter, Holly Foster-Wells.

One of the world's best-loved and most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler has garnered accolades in all quarters of show business. She's earned four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year (1989: "Wind Beneath My Wings"; 1990: "From A Distance") and Record of the Year (1989: "Wind Beneath My Wings"); two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and nine American Comedy Awards.

Her SRO tours have placed historically in the Top 5 grossing concerts in a calendar year. Ms. Midler has sold more than 14 million albums over the course of her career and holds 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA for her albums and singles including her most recent gold album, Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook.

Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook

1. FEVER
Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1958

2. ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN
Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1958

3. I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU (Duet with Barry Manilow)
Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1960

4. HAPPINESS IS A THING CALLED JOE
From the Musical "Cabin In The Sky"
Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1947

5. IS THAT ALL THERE IS?
Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1969

6. I'M A WOMAN
Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1962

7. HE'S A TRAMP
From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1954

8. THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL
Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1957

9. BIG SPENDER
From the Musical "Sweet Charity" Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1965

10. MR. WONDERFUL
From the Musical "Mr. Wonderful" Originally Recorded by Peggy Lee in 1956

Source: Columbia Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ --
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(Corpus Christi, Texas - 10/14/06) – Freddy Fender, one of the most significant voices in Mexican American musical history, passed away today at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas, surrounded by his family.

Funeral arrangements were not finalized at press time.

Born Baldemar G. Huerta on June 4, 1937 in the Mexican slums of San Benito, Texas, Fender’s music took him on a “rags to riches” journey from the Rio Grande Valley. Overcoming career and cultural challenges, Fender’s music has left a musical imprint on more than six decades.

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Trisha Yearwood, The Wreckers, Deana Carter with Heart and Lonestar scheduled to appear; More artists to be announced soon Win concert tickets by registering online at crackerbarrel.com

With the release of its exclusive Songs Of The Year CD less than two weeks away, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel”) has announced several of the artists on the CD will perform at the Songs Of The Year concert. This special performance will feature today’s top country artists performing songs that earned “Song of the Year” recognition from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music or Grammy awards.

The “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents Songs Of The Year” concert will take place November 5th at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The following artists have new material on the Songs Of The Year CD and have agreed to perform at the show.

• Trisha Yearwood

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Dixie Chicks New CD Album, Taking The Long Way, Debuts At #1 On Billboard Top 200

Dixie Chicks Become First Female Group Ever To Have Three Albums Debut In Top Slot

On Sales Dates For Dixie Chicks "Accidents & Accusations Tour" Announced (Schedule and Tickets below)

As Taking The Long Way debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart this week, with first week's sales of 525,829, the Dixie Chicks have become the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1, breaking the record the Chicks established in 2002 when the group's last studio album, Home, debuted at #1 and made them the first female group ever to have two albums debut at #1.

With the #1 debut of Taking The Long Way, the Dixie Chicks have also become the first female group in chart history to have three studio albums occupy the #1 slot on the Top 200.

Taking The Long Way has achieved one of the year's Top 5 first week's sales tallies and has the best first week's sales for any female act on the Top 200 in 2006.

In addition to its chart-topping success in America, Taking The Long Way has just debuted at #2 in Australia.

Taking The Long Way arrives in the midst of an incredible media blitz surrounding the Dixie Chicks, who were honored with a profile on CBS's "60 Minutes" and appeared on the cover of Time magazine an unprecedented two times in May. The group was featured in a five-part series of interviews, culminating with an SRO live concert at New York's Bryant Park on Friday, May 26, on ABC's "Good Morning America." The Dixie Chicks will sit down for an in-depth interview on "Larry King Live" on Wednesday, May 31.

The popular success of Taking The Long Way is echoed in the praise the album is receiving from the press, which has been heralding the record in a flurry of four-star reviews. "Taking The Long Way embraces the depth and fury of classic rock while remaining true to the trio's Texas roots," raved Rolling Stone while USA Today called the album "Incredibly impressive."

Entertainment Weekly gave the new Dixie Chicks album an "A" grade saying, "Fightin' words and the music doesn't back down either, on an album that finds the Dixie Chicks bolder than ever. With (Natalie) Maines projecting more passionately than ever, Taking The Long Way remains intimate and personal."

"This is an album that has something for everyone," said The New York Times, "old fans who thought the Dixie Chicks were at their finest in their fancy-free early days as well as recent admirers who are eager to see the band push beyond the confines of country."

Rolling Stone closed its review of the album with a nod to the new Dixie Chicks single, "If you've dismissed the Chicks or need a new reason to love them, the epic, howling longing of 'Voice Inside My Head' will blow away your expectations."

The record-breaking chart-topping success of Taking The Long Way is the latest in a long line of achievements for the Dixie Chicks. With 39 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications to their credit, the Dixie Chicks are the only female group to hold two RIAA Diamond Awards (each for sales of more than 10 million units).

The Dixie Chicks have won eight Grammy Awards including:

Best Country Album (Wide Open Spaces, 1998; Fly, 1999; Home, 2002)

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal ("There's Your Trouble," 1998; "Ready To Run," 1999; "Long Time Gone," 2002; "Top of the World," 2004)

Best Country Instrumental Performance ("Lil' Jack Slade," 2002) and Best Recording Package (Home, 2002).

Taking The Long Way is produced by Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run-DMC) and features fourteen new songs co-written by the Dixie Chicks.

"Everything felt more personal this time," says the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines. "I go back to songs we've done in the past and there's just more maturity, depth, intelligence on these. They just feel more grown-up."

Having sold more than $100 million worth of concert tickets during their career, the Dixie Chicks are one of the most popular live acts in history. The Dixie Chicks will embark on the "Accidents & Accusations Tour" in support of Taking The Long Way beginning July 21 in Detroit, Michigan and ending November 11 in Tacoma, Washington (full itinerary follows). For additional tour information and links to purchase tickets for the "Accidents & Accusations" tour, please log on to: www.dixiechicks.com

DIXIE CHICKS ACCIDENTS & ACCUSATIONS TOUR

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Dixie Chicks Slated to Release Highly-Anticipated Fourth Album TAKING THE LONG WAY on May 23, 2006

All Fourteen Tracks Co-Written by the Dixie Chicks and Produced by Rick Rubin

Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains, and moms -- over almost a decade, the Dixie Chicks have grown from a band into a phenomenon. Now more than ever, the eyes of the world are on them, and with TAKING THE LONG WAY, they come out swinging, surpassing the pressures and expectations history has placed upon them. The nine time Grammy-Award winning Sony Recording artists will release this highly- anticipated fourth album (Open Wide/Columbia/Sony BMG) on May 23, 2006.

With TAKING THE LONG WAY, one of the most anticipated albums in recent years, the Dixie Chicks are putting themselves out there like never before. For the first time, every one of the disc's fourteen songs are co-written by the Chicks themselves, exploring themes both deeply private and resoundingly political. Collaborating with legendary producer Rick Rubin (who has worked with everyone from Johnny Cash to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Run DMC to Neil Diamond), the biggest-selling female band in history has truly pushed themselves to new heights both as writers and as performers.

"Everything felt more personal this time," says Natalie Maines. "I go back to songs we've done in the past and there's just more maturity, depth, intelligence on these. They just feel more grown-up."

Rubin assembled a band including Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, session hero Larry Knechtel, and Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, and matched the Chicks with co-writers including Dan Wilson (who wound up collaborating on six of TAKING THE LONG WAY's songs), Pete Yorn, and Gary Louris of the Jayhawks.

Inspired by such classic rock artists as the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the Mamas and the Papas, TAKING THE LONG WAY adds a sweeping, Southern California vibe to the Chicks' down-home intimacy. That ambition is matched with lyrics addressing everything from small-town narrow- mindedness ("Lubbock or Leave It") to the psychology of celebrity ("Everybody Knows").

Not just "big for a country band" or "big for a big female band," the Dixie Chicks are a multi-platinum selling act in North America, Europe and Australia as well as one of a mere handful of acts with multiple albums achieving "diamond" status (meaning sales over 10 million copies) -- both WIDE OPEN SPACES (1998) and FLY (1999) hit that stratospheric landmark -- and have won nine Grammy awards. Their on-stage reputation has helped them sell over $100 million worth of concert tickets, and outspoken songs like "Goodbye, Earl" made it clear that this power trio played by nobody's rules.

And that was all before Natalie Maines's comments about a fellow Texan, President George W. Bush, during a London appearance in March, 2003 really put the Dixie Chicks in the headlines. The resultant uproar -- complete with boycotts and death threats -- is the focus of TAKING THE LONG WAY's defiant first track, "Not Ready to Make Nice." "The stakes were definitely higher on that song," says Robison. "We knew it was special because it was so autobiographical, and we had to get it right. And once we had that song done, it freed us up to do the rest of the album without that burden."

The results cover an impressive range of territory. "Silent House" examines the emotions that come from watching an older relative struggle with Alzheimer's. "It's So Hard When It Doesn't Come Easy" addresses infertility, an issue that both Robison and Maguire have faced. The Chicks debuted the gospel-inflected "I Hope," co-written with Keb' Mo', during last year's telethon benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina; the album version features a blistering guitar solo by John Mayer.

"This album was total therapy," says Natalie Maines. "I'm way more at peace now. Writing these songs and saying everything we had to say makes it possible to move on."

Details are forthcoming on a worldwide Dixie Chicks concert tour that will kick-off this summer.

Source: FrontPage Publicity
NEW YORK, March 10, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
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EMI Music Earns 54 Grammy Nominations Including Honors in Key Categories "Album of the Year," "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Producer of the Year"

Artists Martha Argerich, The Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, Fatboy Slim, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Paul McCartney, Les Paul, and Producer Jermaine Dupri Garner Multiple Nominations and Nods in Top Categories

Other EMI Nominated Artists Include Terence Blanchard, Steven Curtis Chapman, Daft Punk, John Hammond, Herbie Hancock, Intocable, Wynton Marsalis, Kylie Minogue, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Anoushka Shankar and Keith Urban, Among Others

EMI - the world's largest independent music company - had a strong showing when the 48th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today, including multiple nods for Paul McCartney, Gorillaz, Coldplay, Jermaine Dupri and Les Paul.

EMI Music artists received an impressive 54 nominations; among them, for prestigious categories, including Paul McCartney's nod for "Album of the Year," five nominations for Gorillaz, including one for "Record of the Year," and nominations for Jermaine Dupri for his work on music nominated in the "Record of the Year," "Album of Year," "Song of the Year" and "Best R&B Song" categories.

In addition to the aforementioned Gorillaz and Paul McCartney, EMI artists earning nominations in multiple categories also include Coldplay who earned three nominations including "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal," "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Album"; legendary guitarist Les Paul who nabbed nominations for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" and "Best Rock Instrumental Performance"; The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, and LCD Soundsystem who are each nominated for both "Best Dance Recording" and "Best Electronic/Dance Album"; and Martha Argerich who garnered honors for "Best Chamber Music Performance" and "Best Classical Album."

Other standouts include The Rolling Stones' nomination for "Best Rock Album," Bonnie Raitt for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" and Keith Urban for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance," as well as "Producer of the Year" nods for Danger Mouse, producer of Gorillaz's "Demon Days," and Nigel Godrich, producer of Paul McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the "Backyard." In addition, EMI artists Norah Jones and Merle Haggard participated in Grammy nominated collaborations such as "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" (for Jones with Foo Fighters) and "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals" (for Jones with Willie Nelson, as well as Haggard and Gretchen Wilson).

EMI also nearly swept the Dance category with nine out of 11 nominations going to EMI artists, including all the nominations in the "Best Electronic/Dance Album" category.

Gorillaz, the pioneering virtual band formed by Blur's Damon Albarn and world-renowned illustrator Jamie Hewlett, whose "Demon Days" is approaching double-platinum sales in the US, was nominated for five Grammys including "Record of the Year," "Best Pop Collaboration, With Vocals" and "Best Short Form Music Video," for "Feel Good, Inc."; "Best Urban/Alternative Performance," for "Dirty Harry"; and Producer of the Year" nomination for Danger Mouse.

Living legend Paul McCartney continues garnering accolades for his contributions to music and his latest "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" is no exception. McCartney earns four Grammy nominations including the prestigious "Album of the Year" nod, as well as "Best Pop Vocal Album," for "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," and "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" for the song "Fine Line." The album's producer, Nigel Godrich also earns a nomination in the "Producer of the Year, Non Classical" category for the 13-song disc. "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" is McCartney's 20th studio album since The Beatles.

Coldplay, whose latest effort "X&Y" debuted at #1 in 32 countries upon its release in June, is nominated for three Grammy Awards including "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal" and "Best Rock Song" for "Speed Of Sound," as well as "Best Rock Album" for "X&Y." The band has previously won four Grammy awards and sold in upwards of 28 million albums worldwide. They are currently on the winter leg of their highly successful "Twisted Logic" tour.

Superstar producer, songwriter and President of Virgin Records Urban Music Jermaine Dupri has been honored with four Grammy nominations, recognizing his work with Mariah Carey. His efforts have earned nominations in "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year," and "Best R &B Song" for "We Belong Together" and "Album of the Year" for "The Emancipation of Mimi."

Dupri has been honored with several Grammy nominations in the past, including four for the 2004 Usher release "Confessions." In September 2005, Dupri became one of only a few producers to hold the top four positions on the Billboard music charts - a feat accomplished by only a few other artists including The Beatles. Moreover, one of Dupri's first new signings at Virgin, Johnta Austin, also received two songwriting-related nominations in key categories "Song of the Year" and "Best R&B Song" for "We Belong Together."

The Rolling Stones' first all-new studio album in 8 years, "A Bigger Bang," was honored with a "Best Rock Album" nomination. The critically acclaimed, and back-to-basics classic, debuted in the top 5 in more than 20 countries. At 16 tracks, it is the band's longest new album since 1972's "Exile on Main Street." The band has been performing before sold-out audiences across the US, has recently announced a European tour, and is slated to perform during halftime at Super Bowl XL in February 2006.

EMI's Capitol Record Nashville recording artist Keith Urban's Grammy nomination for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" for "You'll Think Of Me" comes in the wake of his success at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards last month, winning both "Male Vocalist of the Year" and the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" awards. Urban's most recent single "Better Life," from his double-platinum "Be Here" album, spent six weeks at the #1 spot on Billboard's Country Singles chart.

Nine-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bonnie Raitt, picks up a nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for "I Will Not Be Broken" off of her eighteenth album, "Souls Alike." It's her first album ever to bear the credit "Produced by Bonnie Raitt." EMI artists The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk and LCD Soundsystem swept the "Best Electronic/Dance Album" category, while The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem and Kylie Minogue earned five out of six spots in the "Best Dance Recording" category. The Chemical Brothers are previous Grammy winners for "Best Rock Instrumental" for "Block Rockin' Beats" in 1998 and were nominated last year for "Best Dance Recording" for "Get Yourself High." Fatboy Slim won a Grammy Award in 2002 for "Best Short Form Music Video" for "Weapon of Choice" (featuring Christopher Walken). Guitar legend Les Paul made his first return to Billboard's chart in 50 years with the August release of "Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played," an all-star collaborative CD celebrating Paul in his 90th year of unparalleled music innovation and legendary guitar-playing.

The CD's debut on Billboard's Top 200 made Les Paul the eldest charting artist of all time and now the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has honored him with two Grammy nominations including "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" for "Caravan" and "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" for "69 Freedom Special" from Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played. Paul's last Grammy win was for Chester and Lester, his 1978 collaborative album with Chet Atkins.

Other EMI nominated artists include Terence Blanchard for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group," Steven Curtis Chapman for "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album," John Hammond for "Best Traditional Blues Album," Herbie Hancock for "Best Jazz Instrumental Solo" for his performance on Blanchard's album, Van Hunt for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance," Intocable for "Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album," Jeff Lorber for "Best Pop Instrumental Album," Wynton Marsalis for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group," Anoushka Shankar for "Best Contemporary World Music Album" and Rolando Villazon for "Best Classical Vocal Performance." A full list of EMI nominated artists is available upon request.

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2006, in Los Angeles.

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/08/2005 --

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Eminem's new CD CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS Features His Most Popular Tracks Plus Three New Songs and a Bonus Live Performance

Deluxe Edition Adds Second CD Titled 'Stan's Mixtape'

CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS (Aftermath/Interscope), the first greatest hits album from rap superstar Eminem, will be issued on December 6, 2005, available in both Parental Advisory and Non-PA versions. Released simultaneously will be a two-disc deluxe edition (PA only) featuring special packaging and a second CD titled "Stan's Mixtape."

Along with 13 of Eminem's biggest hits, CURTAIN CALL includes three new songs -- "Fack," "Shake That" (featuring Nate Dogg) and "When I'm Gone" -- each written and produced by Eminem. In addition, the CURTAIN CALL bonus track marks the album premiere of the controversial Eminem-Elton John live duet of "Stan" from the 2001 Grammy Awards presentation.

"I have some songs that a lot of people like," said Eminem. "I have some songs that only I like. This album is obviously for the 'lot' of people."

Executive produced by the nine-time Grammy winner, CURTAIN CALL boasts all five of Eminem's gold and platinum singles to date, from the platinum, Oscar and two-time Grammy winning "Lose Yourself" (#1 Pop/#2 Rap) from the 8 Mile soundtrack and platinum "Just Lose It" (#6 Pop/#7 Rap) and "Mockingbird" (#11 Pop/#10 Rap) to the gold "Without Me" (#2 Pop/#5 Rap) and "Like Toy Soldiers" (Top 40 Pop). The other Grammy winners included are "My Name Is" (Top 40 Pop/#10 Rap) and "The Real Slim Shady" (#4 Pop/#7 Rap).

Also heard on CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS are "The Way I Am" (Top 30 Rap), "Stan" (featuring Dido) (Top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop), "Sing For The Moment" (Top 20 Pop/Rap), "Guilty Conscience" (featuring Dr. Dre) and "Cleanin' Out My Closet" (#4 Pop/#5 Rap).

CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS spans contributions from all four of Eminem's major label solo albums: 1999's quadruple platinum THE SLIM SHADY LP, 2000's nine times platinum THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP, 2002's eight times platinum THE EMINEM SHOW and 2004's ENCORE, which is almost five times platinum. The three most recent charted #1 Pop and #1 R&B/Hip-Hop, with his major label debut #2 Pop and #1 R&B/Hip-Hop. Each of his first three albums also won the Best Rap Album Grammy (ENCORE will be eligible for the 2006 presentation). Eminem has to date sold more than 65 million albums.

The "Stan's Mixtape" bonus CD in the two-disc Deluxe Edition finds the main character in "Stan" bringing together his favorite Eminem songs.

Among the seven tracks are two from THE SLIM SHADY LP: the #5 Rap "Just Don't Give A F*ck" and the Dr. Dre & Mel Man produced "Role Model." From THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP are "Criminal" and the Dr. Dre & Mel Man produced "Kill You." The mixtape also includes two tracks previously unavailable on any Eminem album -- the "Dead Wrong RMX" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.), notably co-produced by P. Diddy; and "Renegade" (featuring Jay-Z), a legendary duet from Jay-Z's classic THE BLUEPRINT album. Also included on the bonus CD is "Sh*t On You" (featuring D12), which until now has never been released on CD.

Source: Interscope
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Foo Fighters Score Five Grammy Nominations: Four-Time Grammy Winners Stand to Increase Tally to Nine

Best Rock Song ('Best Of You'); Best Rock Album (In Your Honor); Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ('Virginia Moon' with Norah Jones); Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ('Best Of You'); Best Surround Sound Album (In Your Honor)

Foo Fighters were nominated for five Grammy nominations, it was announced this morning, making the Foos' total Grammy tally a potential nine when the 48th Annual Grammy Awards are broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 8 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Foo Fighters' previous two albums, One By One and There Is Nothing Left To Lose took home Best Rock Album statuettes home in 2004 and 2000 respectively. The Foos have collected four Grammys overall, the other two being the "All My Life" single's 2003 Best Hard Rock Performance win, and the "Learn To Fly" video's 2000 Short Form Music Video Grammy.

In Your Honor was released June 14 to the best reviews and biggest first week sales of the band's career: Over 300,000 copies were moved in In Your Honor's first week of release, as THE NEW YORK TIMES hailed it as "an unexpected magnum opus," ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY called it "the year's first great hot weather record," and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES added "easily the best Foo Fighters record."

More recently, the album was confirmed as one of ROLLING STONE's best of 2005, while "Best Of You" has already landed in BLENDER and SPIN's songs of the year, with more honors yet to be announced.

Foo Fighters are currently en route from Australia to the UK, where their tour will continue with already SOLD OUT arena shows in Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Dublin, and will include two nights at London's prestigious Earls Court.

Reached with news of the nominations during a layover in Singapore, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl commented, "This is a huge honor for us. We set out to make this record the best of our ten-year career. To have the biggest sales, biggest tour and now most Grammy nominations of our career for In Your Honor... It's just more than we could ever hope for."

Source: RCA Records
NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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One of the most recognized voices in country music --COLLIN RAYE-- is pleased to announce the Collin Raye Family Christmas Tour in support of his new single, “Hurricane Jane,” from his album Twenty Years And Change on Aspirion Records (2005). The tour, kicking-off November 26 through December 23, is unique in that each show will feature a symphony orchestra.

“I think it is very exciting to be back out there with this music again after a few years—especially in cities where I have a lot of friends,” says Collin. “In addition to having wonderful music performed by top of the line orchestra, it makes it especially special to have my family included. In a time where it seems like we are constantly inundated with bad news, I can’t think of a better year to take this music and this message to the road again.”

A portion of the proceeds from the concert Children’s Hunger Fund.

Collin, who released Christmas: The Gift in 1996, has always received rave reviews for his versions of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “Silent Night” in addition to his gamut of widely recognized hits, including “Love, Me,” “Little Rock,” and “One Boy, One Girl,” to name a few.

Additional dates may be added. For a complete tour schedule please visit www.collinraye.com.

COLLIN RAYE CHRISTMAS TOUR 2006 DATES:

Sunday, December 3rd - Yuma Civic Center (Yuma, AZ)

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(Nashville, TN) – Craven Country Jamboree will celebrate its largest line-up to date with CMT Central’s Canadian country music star Beverley Mahood—offering viewers exclusive backstage interviews and a chance to see what really goes on behind the scenes. The festival, held in Craven, Saskatchewan July 13-16, will feature today’s hottest stars such as Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, Big & Rich, Joe Nichols, Trick Pony, and more.

"We are thrilled Beverley and the Central team will join us onsite this year," said Brian Andrews, show producer. "We're bringing some great talent that we hope country music fans will enjoy at the show and on television."

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CMA Announces First Round of Artists Appearing at 2006 CMA Music Festival: 'Country Music's Biggest Party'

Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Terri Clark, Billy Currington, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and More Welcome Fans to 35th Anniversary Event

CMA Music Festival is the ultimate destination for music lovers. Four days, 30 hours of autograph signings, 70 hours of live music, 400 Country Music artists and celebrities, and 145,000 fans add up to one major musical charity event: 2006 CMA Music Festival "Country Music's Biggest Party(TM)," held Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, in Downtown Nashville, Tenn.

"CMA Music Festival has become a world-class event mixing music stars with celebrities from sports and television," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "This uniquely Nashville event to benefit charity is enjoyed by thousands of visitors from around the nation and around the world. And they are all here for one thing -- to celebrate the music."

It is a party with something for everyone. The music spans the genre and the activities appeal to all ages -- from children in the Family and Fun Zones to the party-hardy, club hoppers during CMA Music Festival After Hours(TM). And the opportunities to meet and interact with the artists -- a hallmark of this event for the past 35 years -- continues in 2006 with numerous activities for every taste and interest, from sports to cooking, cars to boats.

"CMA Music Festival is a four-day, non-stop celebration of America's music for people of all ages who love great songs, great artists and a great time," Genovese said.

Dubbed the "crown jewel" of Country Music festivals by USA Today, CMA Music Festival builds on the reputation of Fan Fair(R), which was created exclusively for the fans in 1972. And 35 years later, the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their admirers remains at the heart of CMA Music Festival. Each June, the artists take time out of their busy touring schedules to play for free, meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos, to give back to the people and community that have supported them throughout the year.

Returning in 2006 are Brooks & Dunn, Terri Clark, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and LeAnn Rimes. Artists making a repeat appearance include Trace Adkins, Jessica Andrews, Steve Azar, The Bellamy Brothers, Lane Brody, Sonny Burgess, Billy Currington, Linda Davis, Emerson Drive, Sara Evans, Jace Everett, The Fox Brothers, Andy Griggs, Hot Apple Pie, Con Hunley, Buddy Jewell, Miranda Lambert, Brice Long, Montgomery Gentry, Oak Ridge Boys, Ray Scott, Blake Shelton, Keni Thomas, Carrie Underwood, Mark Wills, Trent Willmon, Darryl Worley, Chely Wright and Michelle Wright. Newcomers Susan Haynes and Danielle Peck will be participating in their first CMA Music Festival, and additional artists will be added in the coming weeks.

"I think the Festival is great for the music and for the fans," said Paisley. "It's a great way for everyone to come together, and I know everyone who comes has a blast. It gives a real lift to Country Music because it's such a positive event, and it's fun for everyone."

"Nashville was so great in welcoming me to CMA Music Festival last year, and I am so excited to be coming back again this year," said Underwood.

"I love playing the CMA Music Festival each year because it's one of the very best audiences you could hope for," said Adkins. "It's one of the places you can perform where you know everyone there is a big Country Music fan."

"I have always been amazed by the fans who come to CMA Music Festival," said Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry. "This is a huge part of their lives, and we are very honored to be a part of it."

Montgomery's partner, Troy Gentry, remarked, "The connection between Country Music fans and artists is what makes Country Music unique among all genres of music. No other format has this personal touch."

"I can still hardly believe that I performed last year on the same stage that I watched the Country icons perform on so many times growing up," said Lambert. "I have had an amazing year since the release of Kerosene last March. Being asked to perform at The Coliseum again this year is icing on the cake! When you are on that huge stage it hits you that you are singing for the people who truly love Country Music -- it's a little intimidating but exciting at the same time. I am so thankful that CMA has enough confidence in me to give me a great time slot again. Playing the arena tours with Keith Urban and George Strait has helped develop my show and I'm ready to give them the best I've got this year!"

"Anytime I get to be around the fans it's always a good time, especially during Music Fest," said Currington. "CMA puts together an event that allows artists to make that personal connection with the fans and it's wonderful. I look at it as our chance to give back to them and let them know we appreciate their support."

All of the artists and celebrities participating in CMA Music Festival donate their time. They are not compensated for the hours they spend signing autographs and performing.

In appreciation of their continued support, CMA donates half the net proceeds from the event to charities designated by the participating artists as part of CMA's "Cause for Celebration!" charitable benefit program. In 2005, 247 artists selected 114 separate charities as beneficiaries of the annual program. To date -- on behalf of the artists -- CMA has donated more than $800,000, including an additional $200,000 in 2005 to aid hurricane victims.

The donations are appreciated, but this bottom line has always been about the fans and their relationship with the artists and their passion for the music. And this year is no exception with myriad activities and events to offer capped by the nightly, star-packed concerts at The Coliseum with state- of-the-art production, two huge stages for continuous entertainment, the popular CMA Music Festival Photo Line and giant video screens capturing all of the excitement.

In addition to the Nightly Concerts, fans will enjoy four days of non-stop music at the Greased Lightning(R) Daytime Stages with an eclectic lineup of artists performing on dual stages, including Country hit-makers, rising stars, legends, bluegrass performers and surprise guests. Music can also be heard in Acoustic Corner at the Nashville Convention Center, the site of the Wrangler(R) Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall), which features daily autograph sessions, shopping and lifestyle exhibits from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Thursday through Sunday during the Festival.

"Personal interaction remains a cornerstone of CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair is the epicenter," Genovese said. "Country legends, newcomers and other celebrities meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos. For many of our visitors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime moment to make a personal connection with someone they admire. For others, it is an opportunity to establish an early bond with a new artist on their way to stardom."

CMA Music Festival offers many other opportunities for fans to interact and see their favorite stars in unique settings, whether asking questions during the CMA Celebrity Close Up series; or standing clear as the artists fire arrows at targets during the "Fifth Annual Andy Griggs Celebrity Archery Tournament" in the Sports Zone.

For a deeper look into the lives of some of our musical heroes and their road to stardom, there is the CMA Celebrity Close Up, with two question-and- answer sessions one on Thursday, June 8 (4:30-6:00 PM), and the second on Friday, June 9 (4:30-6:00 PM), hosted by media personality Lorianne Crook at the historic Ryman Auditorium. CMA Celebrity Close Up gives fans an opportunity to submit questions for celebrity panels moderated by Crook. In 2005, participants included Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood. The lineup for 2006 will be announced soon. A separate ticket is required. Tickets go on sale March 1. Call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) for advance, reserved-seating tickets for $12 each ($17 at the door).

Country artists aren't the only ones making appearances at CMA Music Festival. The event has a long history of attracting artists and celebrities outside of the format such as Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Brett Michaels of Poison, Uncle Kracker, and actors Danny Glover, Maureen McCormick, Verne Troyer and more.

Night-owls will find many, late-night activities that are part of CMA Music Festival After Hours -- because the party doesn't stop after closing fireworks at The Coliseum. Clubs and bars in Downtown Nashville keep the party rolling until the wee hours with exclusive specials and entertainment for Festivalgoers.

Introduced in 2001, the Family Zone is popular with young children and the young at heart. Free to the public and open daily at the park across from the Country Music Hall of Fame(R) and Museum, the Family Zone is the place for children and adults to kick back and have fun with games, hands-on educational exhibits, storytelling with Country artists and more. In fact, CMA Music Festival is very family friendly with discounts for fans 14 and younger, and children 3 and younger are admitted free -- making it an attractive family vacation value

Two new elements added in 2005 are back in 2006: the Fun Zone and the Crisco(R) Country Favorites Corner, with celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations. The Fun Zone, located on Broadway between First and Second Avenues will once again bustle with activities for fans of all ages including interactive displays, games and product sampling. Access to these popular attractions is free and open to the public.

Tickets for 2006 CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, in Downtown Nashville, are available now with proceeds benefiting charities selected by the artists.

To order tickets for the 2006 CMA Music Festival call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit http://www.cmafest.com/ to download an order form to fax or mail; visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/ to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600.

Four-day ticket package categories correspond to a different level of reserved seating at The Coliseum. Children 3 years and younger are admitted free. Four-day ticket packages include the Nightly Concerts at The Coliseum; Daily Concerts the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages; daily admittance to the Wrangler Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall) featuring the Acoustic Corner; Family Zone; Crisco Country Favorites Corner; Fun Zone; Sports Zone; CMA Music Festival After Hours; free in-town shuttles; the CMA Music Festival Program Book; CMA Music Festival pin; special discounts to area attractions, restaurants, shops and more. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. 2006 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL FOUR-DAY TICKET PACKAGE PRICES LEVEL ADULT 14 & YOUNGER

Gold Circle (Floor) SOLD OUT n/a

Floor Level SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

Lower Level $135 $95

Club Level $125 $86

* NOTE: Please call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) for information on ADA seating, which may be available in Sold Out sections.

A limited number of four-day parking passes for The Coliseum are available by phone order only. Call toll-free 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) to order. The price is $28 for cars; $60 for vans/shuttles; and $120 for RVs/motor coaches. Prices do not include handling fee. Spaces are limited and no overnight parking is allowed. All persons planning to park at The Coliseum must pre- purchase the parking pass. Free shuttles (for four-day registrants) will run daily between major Festival event locations.

Attending is easy. Numerous tour operators provide tour packages including CMA Music Festival tickets, accommodations, and tickets to other Nashville attractions, such as the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Visit http://www.musiccityusa.com/ or call 1-800-657-6910 for more information on tour packages as well as hotel listings and information about camping sites and RV parking.

Shuttle service from outlying areas of Nashville to CMA Music Festival events will be available from several park-and-ride locations with unlimited access on the Gray Line Satellite Shuttle. To purchase a separate pass and to make advance Gray Line Satellite Shuttle reservations, call 1-800-251-1864 or (615) 883-5555, or visit http://www.graylinenashville.com/.

For up-to-the-minute information about tickets, travel information, schedules, artist appearances and more, visit http://www.cmafest.com/ and sign up for e-news.

Once again in 2006, CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a two-hour, ABC Network Television special that will air later this summer. The special is produced by Robert Deaton and directed by Gary Halvorson.

2006 CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Promotional partners include Crisco, Greased Lightning and Wrangler. Fan Fair is a registered trademark of CMA.

For information, logos and downloadable photos, visit our media-only website, http://www.cmapress.com/. You may also register on this site beginning March 1 for media credentials to cover activities during the 2006 CMA Music Festival.

Source: Country Music Association
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
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Music City threw its arms wide open to welcome back "Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)" when "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" broadcast live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Downtown Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

After a successful move to New York City in 2005, the CMA Awards came back home for its 40th Anniversary. It was a homecoming fit for a king -- actually, two kings. The evening's hosts Brooks & Dunn took home the crown for most wins, including Music Video and Single of the Year for "Believe," and their unprecedented fourteenth Vocal Duo of the Year Award. These three Awards bring Brooks & Dunn's overall CMA Awards tally to 18, tying Vince Gill's record for most wins.

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Busta Rhymes Receives Four Nominations for 2006 BET Awards; Album 'The Big Bang' in Stores June 13th

LOS ANGELES, May 19 /PRNewswire/

Multi-platinum Aftermath Entertainment recording artist Busta Rhymes received four nominations for the 2006 BET Awards. The Flipmode Squad leader is up for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist; the Viewer's Choice award, for "Touch It"; and Best Collaboration and Video of the Year, for his work with Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose and DMX on "Touch It (Remix)."

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CELEBRATING THE MUSIC . . . . . . . A LUTHER VANDROSS TRIBUTE

PRODUCED BY MONTY SEWARD. FEATURING THE VOCAL STYLINGS OF GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER AND SINGER ............. TERRY STEELE. WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST OF VOCALIST MUSICIANS AND DANCERS.

CELEBRATING THE MUSIC IS A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION OF LUTHER'S EXTRAORDINARY HITS MIXED WITH DAZZLING WARDROBE DESIGNS, FRESH SETS, INNOVATIVE STAGE LIGHTING AND INTERPRETIVE CHOREOGRAPHY THAT WILL BLEND TOGETHER TO CREATE A SUPERBLY COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE. SO JOIN US IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY ARTIST..............LUTHER VANDROSS

DATE: JUNE 16, 2006

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CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE

1,000 CDs being donated to American troops stationed overseas

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel”) has added another exclusive CD to its growing collection of specialty music.

Fans of the legendary Charlie Daniels Band can purchase and enjoy Country Stars N’ Stripes, a collection of the band’s patriotic favorites and other well-known songs including “In America” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Retailing for $11.99, the exclusive CD is being sold in all 537 Cracker Barrel locations.

“Cracker Barrel and the Charlie Daniels Band is a great combination,” said Charlie Daniels. “You only have to walk through the Cracker Barrel door to see that they are about as American and patriotic as they come, and so is our new CD.”

Country Stars N’ Stripes strengthens Cracker Barrel’s commitment to offering quality music to its guests by featuring a patriotic theme throughout this release. The company’s growing collection of specialty music is led by the Alison Krauss & Union Station Home On The Highways CD, which has sold more than 200,000 copies since its May release. Joining the collection later this year will be an exclusive CD by multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans. Due out in December, the Evans release will include previously unreleased versions of her hits “Born To Fly” and “No Matter How Far.”

Regarding the partnership with Cracker Barrel, Daniels noted the importance of connecting with fans. “Cracker Barrel customers are just the kind of family people we make our records for,” said Daniels. “Having our CD available in the Cracker Barrel retail store just makes sense for them and us.”

To commemorate the release of this CD, Cracker Barrel has donated 1,000 Country Stars N’ Stripes CDs to the 101st Airborne Division and Tennessee National Guard. The donated CDs will be placed inside care packages being sent to soldiers currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. During a nine-day tour earlier this year, the Charlie Daniels Band performed concerts for more than 15,000 soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. In addition to nightly concerts, the band performed several “surprise” shows for soldiers they met throughout the tour.

Cracker Barrel has sold more than 1.2 million CDs since creating its exclusive music label in 2003. The Cracker Barrel assortment of music also features the Grand Ole Opry? Live Classics series, the American Legends collection, the Heritage Music collection, and the Now Playing CD, which includes nostalgic songs and jingles played inside all Cracker Barrel locations.

“This collection continues to establish Cracker Barrel as a leading retailer of specialty music,” says Chris Tomasso, vice president of marketing at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. “We’re adding titles and artists that catch the attention of our guests. They appreciate the convenience of browsing through our music collection after finishing their meal.”

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn.

Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unit is modeled after a 1900-era country store, featuring old photographs, authentic antiques, memorabilia and a real wood burning fireplace with a stone hearth to add a warm cozy touch to the dining room. The restaurant serves up classic comfort foods such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The retail store has more than 2,700 gift items including accessories for the home, old-fashioned candies, books on audio, nostalgic items, and children’s games and puzzles, including classic favorites such as Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy and Slinky®.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 537 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.crackerbarrel.com.

LEBANON, Tenn. (October 25, 2005) –

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Chimaira is currently in the studio with producer Jason Suecof (Trivuim, God Forbid) recording their fourth album titled “Resurrection” at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.

Last week producer Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage) recorded drum tracks for “Resurrection” in Cleveland with original Chimaira drummer Andols Herrick who is now back (in Chimaira) by popular demand; Andy Sneap will be mixing the album once it is completed. Expect to see this recording in stores Spring 2007 on Ferret Records.

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Officially from Chimaira "Well it's official! We've wrapped things up and signed two record deals!"

"The first one being with Ferret Music for our home turf North America. We have known the guys over at Ferret for many years and they are great friends. We look forward to building off that friendship and making great records together. We knew we wanted to sign to Ferret right away and it was a great feeling to hear they felt the same way about Chimaira. They have a vision for this band that just blows us away, and we feel very fortunate to finally be working with a team that understands us."

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Christina Aguilera 'Ain't No Other Man' Video to World Premiere Simultaneously on 'Total Request Live' and MTV Overdrive on Wednesday, June 21st

MTV Overdrive Is the Only Online Site to Watch Video Exclusively for 24 Hours

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Clay Aiken's third album, A Thousand Different Ways, sold over 205,000 copies in its first week of release, securing a No. 2 debut on the Billboard album chart. It is Clay's third consecutive debut inside the top five. Measure of a Man entered at No. 1 and Merry Christmas With Love bowed at No. 4. Clay is the 4th artist ever to have his first 3 albums debut Top 5 and scan over 200,000 in the first week.

Fan support for Aiken is stronger than ever. His fans organized CD release parties in over 80 cities in the United States alone, with some parties attracting hundreds of fans.

Hundreds of fans turned up at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood yesterday (Sept. 26) for an in-store signing by Clay. The signing began at 1pm and did not end until after 4pm.

Clay is making multiple television appearances to support A Thousand Different Ways, including "Tonight Show With Jay Leno", 3 Days on "Good Morning America", "The View", "Jimmy Kimmel Live", and upcoming "Larry King Live", "The Martha Stewart Show", and "The Tyra Banks Show".

A Thousand Different Ways combines 10 cover versions of classic songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s with four brand-new songs. Aiken has put his own spin on some of the well-known songs he has recorded for his new album. "These are songs I heard growing up. I loved them then and I still love them today, but I sing them a little differently. They have new arrangements and I put my own singing style on some of them."

SOURCE RCA Records

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Frank Sinatra 90th Birthday Salutes Planned for December 12

Sinatra's Acclaimed Final Studio Albums, 'Duets' and 'Duets II' Paired by Capitol/EMI for 'Duets and Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition'

New 2-CD Collection Includes Both All-Star Collaborative Albums, Plus a Previously Unreleased Willie Nelson Duet of 'My Way'

December 12, 2005 marks the 90th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth, and Capitol/EMI has planned several activities to celebrate the Chairman of the Board. The day will be marked with special radio broadcasts and other media events, as well as with a new commemorative 2-CD set from Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing pairing Ol' Blue Eyes' final studio albums, Duets and Duets II.

28 Duets on New Commemorative Collection Include Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Jimmy Buffett, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Lena Horne, Chrissie Hynde, Julio Iglesias, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Liza Minnelli, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross.

Combined, Frank Sinatra's final studio albums, the immensely popular all-star collaborations Duets and Duets II, have sold more than four million units in the U.S. since their original 1993 and 1994 release. On November 22, Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing released Frank Sinatra -- Duets and Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition, a new 2-CD commemorative package with both original Duets albums, plus a previously unreleased version of "My Way," as sung by Willie Nelson and Sinatra.

Radio networks and stations featuring commemorative 90th birthday programming on December 12 include Westwood One Radio Networks, ABC Radio Networks, KPFK and KKGO in Los Angeles, WVNJ in the New York area, WSIE in Chicago, KNEW in San Francisco and KAAM in Dallas. XM Satellite Radio joins the festivities with special Sinatra birthday programming slated for December 12 on Channel 5 "The '50s" and Channel 73 "Frank's Place."

The "Sounds of Sinatra" syndicated radio show, hosted by the legendary Sid Mark, will air a special "90th Birthday Duets" salute as part of its annual Frank Sinatra birthday show (weekend of December 11 and 12), and Southern California's Fabulous 690 Radio will devote its third anniversary programming to all-things-Frank Sinatra, with special in-studio guests and a custom playlist for the day. Charlie Pignone, author of The Sinatra Treasures and vice president of Sinatra Enterprises, is among the guests scheduled to appear on the special broadcast. Around the world, Fabulous Radio can be streamed live at www.fabulousradio.com.

Regarded by many as the greatest popular singer of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra's dynamic entertainment career spanned an unparalleled seven decades, and he became a household name around the world, also known as "Ol' Blue Eyes" and "The Chairman of the Board." From 1953 to 1960, Sinatra recorded more than 17 albums for Capitol Records. During Sinatra's years with Capitol, he pioneered and perfected the idea of the "concept album" by recording and sequencing songs on his LPs to strike and complete a specific mood.

In 1956, Frank Sinatra was the first artist to record in the newly-built Capitol Studios at Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles. In June and July 1993, Sinatra returned to his Capitol Records' Studio A home to record Duets, his first new album in more than nine years. He was joined by many of the world's most popular contemporary recording artists for what was referred to as "The Recording Event of The Decade." Artists including Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross were paired with Sinatra for an album of standards, including many songs instantly associated with the Chairman of the Board.

Duets II, released in 1994, followed global sales of more than five million units and worldwide critical and popular acclaim for Duets. Duets II presented a musical extravaganza of the best international rock, jazz, pop, and country artists singing with Frank Sinatra. Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Lena Home, Chrissie Hynde, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight collaborated on creative new interpretations of songs, lyrics and arrangements that had been associated with Frank Sinatra throughout his extraordinary career.

For the recording of Duets and Duets II, Sinatra and his collaborators were accompanied by a 54-piece orchestra. The albums' Musical Director and Conductor was Patrick Williams, one of the music and film industries' most acclaimed conductors. Both albums also feature the work of another great talent, the world-renowned artist LeRoy Neiman. The albums' original covers display Neiman's specially commissioned paintings of Frank Sinatra, both of which are included in Duets -- 90th Birthday Edition.

From his first recording sessions in the 1930s until his death in May 1998, Frank Sinatra earned global acclaim as a recording artist and conductor, film producer, director and actor, and radio and television personality. Sinatra's impact on American culture endures to this day, reflected not only in the new music and countless young artists he's inspired, but also as an icon of timeless suave cool.

Source: Capitol/EMI
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 6, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST CIARA WRAPS UP 2005

WITH A BIG BANG RECEIVING 4 NOMINATIONS

FOR THE 48TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, WHICH INCLUDE BEST NEW ARTIST

The 48th Annual Grammy nominations were announced today and Multi-Platinum Superstar Ciara was recognized with 4 nods from the Academy, which will air from Los Angeles on February 8th, 2006. Nominations include Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (1, 2 Step w/ Missy Elliot), Best Rap Song (Lose Control - Missy Elliot f/Ciara and Fatman Scoop), and Best Short Form Music Video (Lose Control - Missy Elliot f/Ciara and Fatman Scoop). Closing out 2005 with a bang, Ciara is currently on the road in this year’s most critically acclaimed concert series, Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005.

At only 20 years old, Ciara has quickly established herself as the entertainment industry’s hottest triple threat. Having sold over 3 million records worldwide with a mega debut, Ciara’s career has quickly launched into a world of music, movies and more!

The scene stealing songstress has been recognized with over 30 notable nominations and awards which include nods from the MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Lady of Soul Awards, the Soul Train Awards, American Music Awards, the CosmoGIRL “Born To Lead” Awards and now, 4 Grammy nominations!

Ciara’s surmounting recognition has also secured her breakout performances at top music events and shows which include the BET Awards, VH-1’s Hip Hop Honors, Vibe Awards, American Music Awards, and most recently, a show stopping performance at this week’s Billboard Awards, where she performed a high energized melody of her 3 #1 singles, “Goodies,” “1, 2 Step” and “Oh.”

Ciara will bring her triumphant year to a close immediately following her tour with Gwen, where she will join Bow Wow, Omarion, and Chris Brown for the We Ain’t Done Yet Holiday Tour.

Ciara's concert tour schedule:

HARAJUKU LOVERS TOUR

Date: / CITY / VENUE December 9 Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre

December 11 Montreal, Canada Bell Centre

December 12 Uncasville,CT Mohegan Sun Arena

December 14 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort and Casino

December 15 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

December 17 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

December 18 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Center

December 20 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse Centre

December 21 Sunrise, FL Office Depot Center

SCREAM IV TOUR

Date: / CITY / VENUE

December 22 Chicago, IL AllState Arena

December 23 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena

December 26 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden

December 27 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum

December 28 Pittsburgh, PA Peterson Center

December 29 Washington DC MCI Center

December 30 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

January 1 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena

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Smash Mouth cancels live dates as frontman recovers from back surgery.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 13, 2006 -- Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell is recovering from back surgery, prompting the cancellation of several live performance dates and band promotional commitments through mid-November. Harwell re-injured his back during a recent performance date. He previously suffered a ruptured disc in 2001.

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The Academy of Country Music is announcing that 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.

This is the fifth year the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will take place in Las Vegas and the second year the show will be based at MGM Grand.

"Las Vegas is an ideal place for the Academy to showcase country music's best," said Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music. "In addition to the Awards, we have multiple nights of country music scheduled on Fremont Street, a star-studded Motorcycle Ride and our world famous post awards concert, the All-Star Jam. It is truly Country's Night To Shine(R)."

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 charitable work of its Charitable Fund. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,400 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 www.acmcountry.com.

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.

Source: Academy of Country Music

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The Concert for John: Exclusive Cleveland Tribute Marks 25th Anniversary of Beatle John Lennon's Death

On the eve of what would be rock legend and former Beatle John Lennon's 65th birthday, plans were announced today for The Concert for John, presented by 365 Events, The Cleveland Agora and Friday! in the Plain Dealer.

The event scheduled for Dec. 10, 2005 will feature 10 bands over 11 hours performing the music of John Lennon from the Cavern Days of the Beatles through his solo career. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Plain Dealer Charities and the Brady Campaign's effort to stop gun violence in memory of John Lennon, whose music continues to promote peace to people across cultures and generations.

Lennon died in New York City when an obsessed fan, said to be hearing voices, stalked and then attacked Lennon as he exited a limousine in front of his home, The Dakota, across from Central Park. Ironically, among items later collected from the assassin was a record album that Lennon had autographed for his killer earlier that evening.

"This all-day event, exclusively in Cleveland, will be a remembrance of the man and his music, but ultimately a celebration," said Gary Jacob, a lifelong fan and producer of The Concert for John. Jacob, who co-produces Abbey Road On The River, an annual Beatles festival which began in Cleveland, added, "John Lennon contributed far more to our culture than just music; he inspired us to seek peace and love our fellow man. His legacy will be preserved forever."

The musical acts coming together for this concert include some of the world's greatest Beatles and Lennon tributes. Headliner Tim Piper and Working Class Hero are a world-renowned Lennon tribute and have been lauded by Paul McCartney for Piper's physical and musical resemblance to John. Also performing are talented and popular acts from the United States and Canada including British Export, Instant Karma, Hal Bruce, All You Need Is Love and Mark Staycer. The event will include live music, and collectibles, and the award-winning film documentary "Imagine: John Lennon."

With interest coming from several Lennon friends and acquaintances, Jacob promises the day will be emotional and memorable.

Tickets on sale Sun. Oct. 09, 2005 (John's birthday) at Ticketmaster and Agora Box office.

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Source: 365 Events
CLEVELAND, Oct. 5, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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The Future of Music Achieves Major Landmark as Gwen Stefani Makes Digital History With One Millionth Commercial Download of 'Hollaback Girl'

For the first time in the digital age, a recording passes the 1,000,000 mark in download sales. Gwen Stefani makes musical history with the 1,000,000th commercial digital download of "Hollaback Girl," the hit single from her debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

With sales as of Friday, September 30th at approximately 995,000 digital downloads, and purchases running at 15,000 per week, "Hollaback Girl" becomes the first downloaded song to ever cross the landmark number. The digital success of "Hollaback Girl" has also reached telephones; the track will soon cross the 1,000,000 mark in mastertone sales (downloads to mobile telephones).

"Gwen is one of the most forward-thinking and innovative artists in music today," said Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, a unit of Universal Music Group (UMG), the global music leader. "That she would make history with digital downloads just emphasizes her role as a leader in so many ways for a new generation and for music. The music industry is changing and this is a major sign that digital downloading has reached the mass market and become a very significant business."

Added Stefani: "It's always an honor to be recognized for your music, and this is really the coolest. It's exciting to see people embrace the song and really make it part of their lives. Whether it's cds, computers, or cellphones...it really is bananas."

The Neptunes-produced and co-penned "Hollaback Girl" first became available, as did all of the tracks on Love. Angel. Music. Baby., with the album's release on November 23, 2004, but the song was not fully promoted on the digital front until May 2005. The tracks have been sold through Apple's iTunes, MSN, Napster, Rhapsody, Wal-Mart, Musicmatch, Sony Connect and other digital distributors.

Reflecting CD sales only, "Hollaback Girl" hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop. Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is currently RIAA- certified triple platinum with "Hollaback Girl" and "What Are You Waiting For?" platinum, and "Rich Girl" double platinum.

Source: Interscope Records
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 3, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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December 4th 2006 marks a very important day in music history. Fifty years ago, on December 4th 1956, a coincidental gathering of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee, resulted in the world's first superstar jam session and the making of the one and only Million Dollar Quartet.

Although Jerry Lee Lewis might be the last one standing, The Million Dollar Quartet lives on in the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Complete Million Dollar Quartet CD (Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group).

The 50th Anniversary Edition of The Complete Million Dollar Quartet features 12 minutes of previously unreleased music. This is the first time that the historic recording session has been released in its entirety and in the sequence in which it was originally recorded.

Source: SONY BMG

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The New Haven Jazz Festival Announces Its 25th Anniversary Lineup

How would you celebrate 25 years of live, free Jazz? If you said world-class performers, a special pyrotechnics display, celebrity guest appearances and even more live jazz--then you'd be talking about the 25th Anniversary of the New Haven Jazz Festival.

Each year the New Haven Jazz Festival brings a roundup of Grammy award- winning performers free to the City's historic Green. And this year get ready for a Jazz Fest that you'll be talking about for another quarter century.

So, what does our 25th anniversary sound like?

August 5, 2006 :: A Night of Classic Jazz

- TITO PUENTE JR. -- Dance to enticing Latin tunes, charismatic performances and smooth styles.

- DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET -- Find out why this grandfather of jazz has been playing to sold-out crowds for over five decades.

August 12, 2006 :: Dance Under the Stars

- BLUE ORCHID ORCHESTRA -- This eleven-piece orchestra lights up the stage with its big band style music while teaching you to dance.

- KOOL & THE GANG -- Jazz. Funk. R&B. Get ready as the Gang rocks genres and the 25th Jazz Fest. August 19, 2006 :: 25th Anniversary Celebration

- T.S. MONK on Coltrane -- Watch as Monk creates a legacy of his own with his newest album, Higher Ground -- and his acclaimed tribute to jazz great John Coltrane.

- JONNY LANG -- Fast becoming a music legend -- Lang will make the 25th anniversary one to remember with the debut of his much-anticipated album, Long Time Coming.

"For the 25th anniversary we decided to dramatically increase our performer budget to sign-on six headliners to give concert-goers even more reasons -- and music -- to head to the Festival," said Barbara Lamb, Director of New Haven Festivals, Inc.

And with the addition of Jazz in the Clubs, Jazz at the Movies, Jazz Cruise, Jazz Brunch and special Jazz travel packages -- to expand the already enticing lineup for Jazz on the Green and Jazz in the Parks -- fans from all around the country are sure to be tapping their feet every weekend this August.

"For the past 25 years our Jazz Festival has been a catalyst that's helped transform New Haven into the cultural capital of Connecticut," said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

Tap into newhavenjazz.com to find out more about the historic 25th anniversary celebration.

NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 5, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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The Subways Spring U.S. Tour Cancelled

Summer Dates to Be Confirmed Shortly

The Subways have been forced to cancel their upcoming North American Spring tour due to the fact that vocalist/guitarist Billy Lunn has developed nodules on his vocal chords.

Billy is currently being taken care of, and doctors have advised treatment and rest without singing. Doctors are optimistic and are hoping for a full recovery in about 6 weeks.

The band are incredibly disappointed but promised to return to the U.S. again this summer.

We hope to have new tour details ready for release shortly. In the meantime, "Oh Yeah" will be the next single from The Subways' debut album, "YOUNG FOR ETERNITY," which will hit airwaves in May. www.thesubways.net

LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/21/2006 --

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The Subways to Tour the USA This Summer With Taking Back Sunday

The Subways are ready to tour once again and have accepted an offer from labelmates Taking Back Sunday to tour across the USA this June and July. The band were forced to cancel their proposed Spring US tour due to vocalist/guitarist Billy Lunn's vocal chord condition but doctors have given Billy the green light, following treatment and a much needed break from non-stop touring and singing.

This has been the first extended break in nearly twelve straight months of constant global touring. Needless to say, the band is excited to return to the US: "We're so excited to tour the States again this summer," says bassist/vocalist Charlotte Cooper. "Billy's feeling a lot better vocally and we're really ready to get back on the road. We're all really looking forward to it, so thank you for all your support and we'll see you all soon."

The debut album by the Subways, "YOUNG FOR ETERNITY," continues to attract overwhelming accolades:

"The Subways debut is packed with the kind of raw energy and brash attitude that comes with youth... it hits you like an express train." -- People Magazine

"The most compelling debut of the year." -- Synthesis Magazine

"The Subways threaten the Arctic Monkeys' position as the hottest band out of the UK." -- Rolling Stone

Fans of the band have been incredibly active online as digital sales of the first single, "Rock & Roll Queen," have now exceeded 200,000 downloads since November resulting in Platinum certification from the RIAA.

The next single from the album will be "Oh Yeah." A brand-new video for the track will be completed shortly but, in the meantime, the track is to hit radio waves this month. The original UK version of the video can be viewed on Yahoo! Music now.

Subway's Summer 2006 Tour dates are as follows:

22-Jun Six Flags Jackson, NJ

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The Unprecedented Success of The Rod Stewart Songbook Series Continues...

Thanks for the Memory... The Great American Songbook: Volume IV Enters the Top 200 at #2

Multi-Platinum Selling Predecessors Volume I ,Volume II, Volume III Have Sold Over 13 Million Copies Worldwide in Less Than Three Years

Volume III Joins Volume IV on the Top 200 Chart

Volume I Climbs the Catalog Chart to #2 and Volume II Re-Enters the Catalog Chart at #7

J Records recording artist Rod Stewart celebrates the unparalleled success of the Great American Songbook series with the latest installment, Thanks for the Memory... The Great American Songbook: Volume IV entering the Billboard 200 Album chart at #2 on a first week Nielsen SoundScan total of 192,852 copies sold.

The Songbook albums are a musical and cultural phenomenon, and are now the biggest-selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history.

Thanks For The Memory follows 2004's Stardust which was Rod Stewart's first ever #1 debut on the Billboard chart and earned Stewart the first Grammy of his career. Volume III re-enters the Top 200 Chart at #119 this week. The first two albums of The Great American Songbook series, It Had To Be You ... (released October 2002) entered the Billboard Top 200 at #4 and jumped to the #2 position on the Top Catalog Albums Chart this week from #52 last week, and As Time Goes By (released October 2003) having debuted at #2 on the Top 200, returns to the Top Catalog Albums Chart at #7 this week. Each of these albums has received Grammy Award nominations in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category and the first two volumes have been certified RIAA double-platinum in the US with combined worldwide sales of more than 13 million copies.

Comments Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO of BMG U.S: "After winning his first Grammy with Volume III, Rod once again captures these wonderful classics on Volume IV, breathes new life into them and truly makes them his own. His album entry at #2 with Volume IV is truly staggering and is an unprecedented target for every artist looking for a long term career."

The album's strong entry at #2 was propelled by an intense month of television, internet and radio exposure that built on the popularity of the previous three volumes. Stewart kicked off his television appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," followed by "Larry King," "Good Morning America," "The View," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood," "Extra," "CNN Showbiz Tonight," and also received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stewart also performed at the WLTW "Clear Channel" concert event at Madison Square Garden week of release and enjoyed an exclusive Sneak Peak Clear Channel online album premiere reaching over 380 stations nationwide. The single "I've Got A Crush On You" featuring Diana Ross was #1 most added impact week at the Mainstream AC format, and Rod Stewart has been artist of the month at Amazon.com where his album debuted at #1 week of release.

Produced by Steve Tyrell and Clive Davis, Thanks For The Memory... is highlighted by vocal duets featuring Rod with Elton John (having a blast on "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. Volume IV follows 2004's 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 on 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 and Ira Gershwin'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."

Source: J Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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The 2006 Essence Music Festival Adds Jamie Foxx to All-Star Line-Up

'Unpredictable' Star to Perform on Sunday, July 2nd Joining New Edition and Bobby Brown, Steve Harvey, Jaheim, and Chris Brown

The Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival today announced the addition of Jamie Foxx to the star-studded line-up of performances on Sunday, July 2nd, which also features Chris Brown, Jaheim, New Edition and Bobby Brown, Steve Harvey and Doug E. Fresh and the Pioneers of Hip-Hop including Slick Rick, Sugar Hill Gang, MC Lyte, Biz Markie, Whodini and Dana Dane.

"The Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival is reinforcing its standing as the largest gathering of African-American musical talent in the world with the welcome addition of Jamie Foxx, a multi-talented performer who is adored by the ESSENCE audience," said Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications, Inc. "As a both a main-stage performer, and a participant in the launch of our Essence Cares! initiative, Jamie Foxx is fully on board with this year's theme -- a 'bigger party with a deeper purpose'."

Jazz musician Mike Phillips has also been added to the Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival roster of Lounge acts.

Other scheduled appearances at the Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival include: Cedric the Entertainer, Charlie Wilson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mo'Nique, Toni Braxton, and Yolanda Adams.

Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com, (800) 488-5252 or (713) 629-3700 in Houston. Tickets are $45, $56, $67, $72, $83, $110 and $165. All tickets are subject to additional service charges. For hotel accommodations, call (888) 508-5731. For more information, see the July 2006 issue of ESSENCE or log on to essence.com.

The Coca-Cola Company is the Festival's presenting sponsor for the ninth consecutive year. The Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival's major sponsors are Budweiser/Bud Light, Kraft Foods, Chevrolet, McDonald's and Verizon Communications. In addition, Level Vodka, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Army and Wells Fargo will serve as official sponsors for the Festival.

The Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival is produced by Essence Festivals LLC in association with Festival Productions of New Orleans. Essence Festivals LLC is a division of Essence Communications Inc. (ECI). ECI is also the publisher of ESSENCE magazine. ESSENCE, after 36 years, continues to be the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women.

Source: Essence Festivals LLC

Web site: http://www.essence.com/ .

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Taylor Hicks' 'Do I Make You Proud' Rockets to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart!

#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

#1 on the Billboard Single Sales chart

#1 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart

This year's American Idol winner Taylor Hicks rockets to the top of Billboard's coveted Hot 100 chart with his first single, "Do I Make You Proud" released by 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Records on June 13. The single simultaneously came in at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Billboard Single Sales chart and the Billboard Pop 100 chart making it the best selling song in the country with over 190,000 copies sold in its first week of release. Hicks will perform this chart topping song on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, June 22nd.

"I've been a hard working musician for the past ten years trying to become the best singer and harmonica player I could be and I'm thrilled that I can now focus entirely on my music," says Hicks. "Having a number one single is only the beginning."

"Do I Make You Proud" was sung by Hicks during the American Idol 2006 finale on May 24th in Los Angeles and also includes his soulful rendition of the Doobie Brothers classic, "Takin' It To The Streets," from the American Idol Season 5 Encores CD. Taylor Hicks is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and was recently named People Magazine's Bachelor of the Year. Hicks is currently rehearsing for the "American Idols Live! Tour 2006!" that kicks off on July 5th in Manchester, NH and is preparing for his debut album set for release this fall.

"Do I Make You Proud" marks the fourth "American Idol" single to provide financial support to the mission of the American Red Cross and the people it serves. Sales of the past three recordings generated more than a quarter million dollars in donations. For every CD sold, $0.25 will go to the American Red Cross, as well as $0.15 for every digital download sold, and $0.20 for every ringtone and ringback.

Source: J/Arista Records

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Lil' Jams CD now available online and in stores nationwide

Hip-hop music's most memorable year might just be 2006: the Smithsonian National Museum of American History hip- hop exhibit opened; Jay-Z came out of retirement; and today Target introduces Lil' Jams -- an exclusive all hip-hop and R&B compact disc (CD) with song lyrics performed by kids for kids of all ages. The album provides a fun, fresh alternative to parents who are looking for interactive music both they and their kids can enjoy.

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JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) announced today that its new line of Snoop Dogg branded pet products is expected to be available for pre-order on Amazon.com on November 21st, to coincide with the release of the highly anticipated new Snoop Dogg CD, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.

The Snoop Dogg pet line, marketed by JAKKS (R)' JPI Pets (TM) division, features dog toys, apparel and accessories inspired by the iconic Doggfather himself, including items featuring a sound chip that plays signature Snoop Dogg phrases.

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Stevie Wonder Garners Six Grammy Nominations, Five for Acclaimed Album, 'A Time To Love'

Universal Motown icon Stevie Wonder picked up six Grammy nominations today, five for his recently released album, A Time To Love, his first studio album in more than 10 years, featuring 15 new Wonder classics. The new disc, one of the premier Motown releases of this decade, was nominated for Best R&B Album, with the title track (featuring label mate India.Arie) being nominated for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration With Vocals.

Other nominations include Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: "So What The Fuss," Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: "From The Bottom Of My Heart," and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocals: "How Will I Know," featuring Stevie's daughter Aisha Morris. Stevie was also honored in that category for his duet with Beyonce for "So Amazing," for their contribution to the An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross CD.

The nominations for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in New York City this morning, with the awards being handed out on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and to broadcast live on CBS.

For the prolific Wonder, who has already won 22 Grammy's and has received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the six nods are confirmation that A Time To Love's evocative themes of the restorative power of love are connecting with both peers and fans.

Other highlights of A Time To Love include "If Your Love Cannot Be Moved," (featuring Kim Burrell), "Positivity," (also featuring his daughter Aisha Morris), and the uplifting "Shelter In The Rain," featuring gospel legend Kirk Franklin directing the angelic chorus on a song which has been embraced as a soothing anthem of inspiration for victims and survivors of the devastating hurricanes that ravaged the gulf coast. A Time To Love also includes guest appearances by Prince and Sir Paul McCartney, who plays acoustic and electric guitar on the title track.

"Shelter In The Rain, "was specially serviced to Gospel and Christian radio stations, with all proceeds from the single directed to Stevie's charity organization The Wonder Foundation, which has earmarked the donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

For more than four decades, Stevie Wonder has remained one of the most profound artists of our lifetime, selling more than 70 million records worldwide, and receiving hundreds of honors and awards throughout his career.

A tireless humanitarian and champion for political and social justice, Wonder was the preeminent force behind the Martin Luther King holiday and USA For Africa, as well as helping to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic and the scourge of Apartheid in South Africa.

A leading voice in the fight against world hunger, Wonder also led a "Charge Against Hunger" in conjunction with American Express, which raised over $150 million dollars to feed nearly six million African Americans yearly. Most recently, Wonder was honored by the United Negro College Fund's Evening Of Stars Tribute to the artist, for his longtime work on behalf of the UNCF.

As a special treat for his hometown Motown fans, Stevie Wonder is scheduled to perform at the pre-game show for the Superbowl XL at Detroit's Ford Field on February 5th.

Source: Universal Motown Records
NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Stevie Wonder Garners Six Grammy Nominations, Five for Acclaimed Album, 'A Time To Love'

Universal Motown icon Stevie Wonder picked up six Grammy nominations today, five for his recently released album, A Time To Love, his first studio album in more than 10 years, featuring 15 new Wonder classics. The new disc, one of the premier Motown releases of this decade, was nominated for Best R&B Album, with the title track (featuring label mate India.Arie) being nominated for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration With Vocals. Other nominations include Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: "So What The Fuss," Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: "From The Bottom Of My Heart," and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocals: "How Will I Know," featuring Stevie's daughter Aisha Morris. Stevie was also honored in that category for his duet with Beyonce for "So Amazing," for their contribution to the An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross CD.

The nominations for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in New York City this morning, with the awards being handed out on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and to broadcast live on CBS.

For the prolific Wonder, who has already won 22 Grammy's and has received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the six nods are confirmation that A Time To Love's evocative themes of the restorative power of love are connecting with both peers and fans.

Other highlights of A Time To Love include "If Your Love Cannot Be Moved," (featuring Kim Burrell), "Positivity," (also featuring his daughter Aisha Morris), and the uplifting "Shelter In The Rain," featuring gospel legend Kirk Franklin directing the angelic chorus on a song which has been embraced as a soothing anthem of inspiration for victims and survivors of the devastating hurricanes that ravaged the gulf coast. A Time To Love also includes guest appearances by Prince and Sir Paul McCartney, who plays acoustic and electric guitar on the title track.

"Shelter In The Rain, "was specially serviced to Gospel and Christian radio stations, with all proceeds from the single directed to Stevie's charity organization The Wonder Foundation, which has earmarked the donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

For more than four decades, Stevie Wonder has remained one of the most profound artists of our lifetime, selling more than 70 million records worldwide, and receiving hundreds of honors and awards throughout his career.

A tireless humanitarian and champion for political and social justice, Wonder was the preeminent force behind the Martin Luther King holiday and USA For Africa, as well as helping to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic and the scourge of Apartheid in South Africa.

A leading voice in the fight against world hunger, Wonder also led a "Charge Against Hunger" in conjunction with American Express, which raised over $150 million dollars to feed nearly six million African Americans yearly. Most recently, Wonder was honored by the United Negro College Fund's Evening Of Stars Tribute to the artist, for his longtime work on behalf of the UNCF.

As a special treat for his hometown Motown fans, Stevie Wonder is scheduled to perform at the pre-game show for the Superbowl XL at Detroit's Ford Field on February 5th.

Source: Universal Motown Records
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ --

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Stevie Wonder's New Album 'A Time To Love' In-Stores

On October 18th, Motown will release "A Time To Love;" Stevie Wonder's highly anticipated new CD featuring 15 new songs.

The new disc, one of the premier Motown releases in recent years and ushering in an exciting new era for the record label, is a dedicated effort by the legendary artist to remind the world about the restorative power of love.

The long awaited album has already garnered glowing reviews, with The New York Times proclaiming that "Mr. Wonder has not lost his unparalleled sense of melody;" while Rolling Stone heralds the album, " ... Wonder at his prime."

Enthusiasm for Wonder's return has been unrivaled: he's made high profile performances on TV, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America; and has or will appear on the nation's top syndicated radio programs including: Tom Joyner and Howard Stern.

Among the songs included on the new album are "A Time To Love," (featuring India.Arie), "Your Love Cannot Be Moved," (featuring gospel star Kim Burrell), "Positivity," (featuring Wonder's daughter Aisha Morris), and a host of other superstar collaborations, including appearances by Prince; Narada Michael Walden; Doug E. Fresh; Sir Paul McCartney, who plays acoustic and electric guitar on the title track; Hubert Laws; Mike Phillips; En Vogue, and Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar.

Wonder once again reveals his humanitarian side on A Time To Love, with the uplifting "Shelter In The Rain." The song is an inspiring and timely anthem featuring gospel legend Kirk Franklin directing the angelic chorus, a fitting ode of healing for victims and survivors of the devastating hurricanes continuing to ravage the gulf coast.

Net proceeds from the song are going to Stevie's charity organization The Wonder Foundation, which is earmarking the donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Stevie Wonder has remained one of the world's most profound and influential artists. Winner of 22 Grammys and the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, with more than 100 million records sold, Wonder's received hundreds of honors and awards throughout his career.

A tireless humanitarian and champion for political and social justice, Wonder was the preeminent force behind the Martin Luther King holiday and USA For Africa, as well as helping to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic and the scourge of Apartheid in South Africa.

He has also been a leading figure in the "Charge Against Hunger" in conjunction with American Express, which raised over $150 million dollars to feed nearly six million underprivileged people yearly. Most recently, Wonder was honored by the United Negro College Fund's Evening Of Stars Tribute to the artist, for his longtime work on behalf of the UNCF.

Source: Motown Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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New Deutsche Grammophon CD Debuts at #1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart and Classical Overall Chart

Critical Acclaim and High Profile Appearances Continue Throughout the Fall

Sting's latest CD, Songs From the Labyrinth -- a personal tribute to Elizabethan composer John Dowland -- lands at the top of the classical charts both domestically and overseas. Called "vivid" and "romantic" by The Wall Street Journal, the disc was released October 10th from Deutsche Grammophon and debuted at #1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart and Classical Overall Chart, while also cracking the Top 200 Album Chart at #37. Resonating with audiences as an inspired and exceptional effort, the record also debuted at #1 on the classical charts in Canada, England, France and Germany.

Songs From The Labyrinth also boasts the masterful playing of renowned lutenist Edin Karamazov. On October 9th, Sting and Karamazov celebrated the release with an exclusive performance at New York City's Allen Room in Jazz At Lincoln Center. An audience comprised of fans and invited guests were treated to an evening of intimate music recorded for XM Satellite Radio's series, "Artist Confidential," which premiered the week of October 16th. Showcasing both the album as well as a few newly arranged encores of Sting favorites ('Fields of Gold' and 'Message in a Bottle'), the show was a magical one for all in attendance.

Sting and Karamazov's media tour continued with appearances on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning and NBC's primetime hit, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. The duo was also profiled on NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Early Music America and BBC Music Magazine.

Sting's new CD has subsequently dominated the Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com charts ever since. They have also been hailed in the press for their collaborate effort. The Wall Street Journal declared, "15 songs by Dowland are delivered with an urgency not often found on recordings of early music," while The Los Angles Times proclaimed, "If Dowland isn't exactly as well-known as the former Police frontman, Sting's new album, with its well considered and evocative readings ... may change that."

Source: Universal Music Classics Group

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It is by no means clear who will be fronting America's most talked about new band, Supernova, but today the band's three founding members, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke announced they will be inaugurating their band with a 27-city concert tour across North America.

Kicking off at the Hard Rock in Miami, Florida on January 16th and culminating at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California on February 27th, Supernova's very first gig will be on New Year's Eve at The Joint in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale nationally for Supernova's first concert tour on Wednesday, August 30th. The tour is being produced by Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) .

A special presale for ROCKSTAR: SUPERNOVA viewers which was announced last night on the hit CBS television show is active now and runs through Tuesday, August 29th at 10:00pm. More information can be found on www.cbs.com/primetime/rock_star2 or by going to www.livenation.com.

Over the course of the summer, the highly successful CBS television show ROCKSTAR: SUPERNOVA searched among 15 contestants to find the most dynamic leader for a band whose players are among the most respected musicians in the world. As music fans across the country voted, Gilby, Tommy and Jason helped guide the process to eliminate performers every week to arrive at the final selection. The lead singer for Supernova will be chosen in a finale episode scheduled to air on September 13th.

Supernova will be touring in support of their highly anticipated Epic Records debut. The yet-to-be-titled album will be produced by Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Bowling For Soup, Pink) and released on November 21st. Fans can pre-order the record through the band's official site, http://www.intothesupernova.com/.

SUPERNOVA: THE ROCKSTAR TOUR


DATE: CITY/STATE: VENUE:
12/31/06 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
01/16/07 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live
01/17/07 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
01/19/07 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center
01/20/07 Buffalo, NY Shea's Performing Arts Center
01/23/07 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
01/24/07 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
01/26/07 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
01/27/07 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
01/28/07 Worchester, MA DCU Center
01/30/07 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
01/31/07 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
02/02/07 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
02/03/07 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
02/05/07 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
02/07/07 Des Moines, IO Wells Fargo Arena
02/08/07 Minneapolis, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
02/09/07 Fargo, ND Fargodome
02/11/07 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
02/13/07 Loveland, CO Budweiser Events Center
02/16/07 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
02/18/07 Everett, WA Everett Events Center
02/19/07 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/21/07 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
02/22/07 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
02/24/07 Phoenix, CA Cricket Pavilion
02/25/07 San Diego, CA Pala Casino
02/27/07 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena

About Live Nation
Live Nation is a leading live event and venue management company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates and/or has booking rights for 153 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. 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, please visit the company's website at www.livenation.com

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Superstar Japanese Shamisen Duo the Yoshida Brothers to Launch Their First-Ever U.S. Tour

The Yoshida Brothers' New Album "III," Produced by Tony Berg, Was Released March 21 on L.A.-Based Domo Records

Superstars in their native Japan, dynamic Tsugaru-shamisen duo Ryoichiro and Kenichi Yoshida -- the Yoshida Brothers -- have ignited a cultural revolution and drawn comparisons to none less than Jimi Hendrix for their bold contemporary reinvention of an ancient Japanese musical form. Playing the spare and rustic three-stringed shamisen with a virtuosity that is both bracingly aggressive and exotically subtle, the Yoshida Brothers' visionary East-meets-West sound seamlessly integrates age-old traditions and postmodern pan-cultural fluency.

On June 2 and 3, they launch their first-ever tour of the United States with two concerts at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center's Aratani Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

While the Yoshida Brothers have played a handful of showcases over the last several years in the U.S. (during their rise to prominence in Japan), their June 2006 itinerary represents their inaugural coast-to-coast series of dates. Following their L.A. shows, the Brothers travel to Northern California for performances on June 5 and 6 at Oakland's acclaimed Yoshi's at Jack London Square, the combination club and Japanese eatery that's one of the San Francisco Bay Area's top-rated live music venues. The tour continues with a Chicago-area concert at Arlington Heights, IL, and dates in White Plains, NY, and Cambridge, MA, before the Yoshida Brothers hit New York City for shows at B.B. King's (June 13) and the Knitting Factory (June 14).

The Yoshida Brothers' debut Stateside tour follows up Domo Records' March 21 release of "III," their third album out in the U.S. Helmed by veteran rock-pop producer Tony Berg (Nickel Creek, Lisa Loeb, Squeeze, Van Morrison, The Replacements, Charlie Sexton, Nancy Griffith, Pete Yorn and more), the sonically diverse disc takes the Yoshida Brothers' fusion of Tsugaru-shamisen and jazz, rock, pop, folk, blues and other world idioms to a new level of artistry and bravado.

Stand-out tracks include their transcendent version of the Brian Eno song "By This River," featuring former Remy Zero lead singer Cinjin Tate on vocals and his brother Shelby on keyboards, a muscular reinvention of "Erghen Diado" (a song featured on the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir's hit 1990 CD "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares"), the rapturously cinematic "Passion," "Hit Song" (written by Mitchell Froom), and a spare and elegant version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Oh My Love."

On first seeing Ryoichiro and Kenichi Yoshida in concert in 2004, producer Berg has said, "I was blown away, knocked out. Not just by their virtuosity, but by their wholehearted commitment to the world that their music seems to evoke." Of a 2005 show, Jon Pareles wrote in the New York Times that, "...their set, like a shredding heavy-metal solo -- was all about speed and twang.

They played fast unisons that would have ruthlessly revealed any mistakes; they played solos that stayed close to the tunes and built pitiless crescendos. It was music of pure sinew." With the Yoshida Brothers' upcoming U.S. dates, American audiences will have the opportunity to experience that rare energy, in what promises to be one of 2006's most unique and exciting tours.

Established in 1994, Los Angeles-based Domo Records is guided by founder Eiichi Naito's mission, "To provide a home for both the creators and aficionados of quality music beyond the borders of categorization." The label's diverse roster encompasses world music, new age, jazz, rock, world music, soundtrack releases and more, and is home to artists including the legendary composer and musician Kitaro, Agatsuma, Dave Eggarand the Japanese female trio Rin', whose U.S. recording debut "Inland Sea" was released in Spring 2006.

For more information on Domo Records and the Yoshida Brothers, log onto www.domo.com.

YOSHIDA BROTHERS 2006 CONCERT TOUR DATES

JUNE 2-3 LOS ANGELES, CA JAPAN AMERICA THEATRE
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T Bone Burnett Announces Dates for First Concert Tour in 20 Years

15-City Run Set in Conjunction With Two Major Album Releases

T Bone Burnett will embark on his first concert tour in nearly 20 years beginning May 23 at The Vic Theatre in Chicago (see itinerary following).

The True False Identity Tour will hit theaters and outdoor venues in 15 U.S. cities in conjunction with the simultaneous release, on May 16, of the acclaimed songwriter and musician's two new albums: The True False Identity, T Bone's first studio album in 14 years, and Twenty Twenty -- The Essential T Bone Burnett, the artist's 40-song first-ever career-spanning retrospective.

T Bone's band on this major headlining tour will consist of many of the musicians he worked with on The True False Identity and numerous musical projects over the years: Jim Keltner on drums, Marc Ribot on guitar, Dennis Crouch on bass and Keefus Ciancia on keyboards.

Jakob Dylan, who shares a long-standing friendship and musical history with T Bone, will appear as a very special guest on the tour. The two last collaborated in the mid-nineties, when Jakob's band, The Wallflowers, worked with producer Burnett on the group's multi-platinum Bringing Down The Horse album. Jakob will perform on all but one of the concerts on the tour. On June 15, in San Francisco, T Bone will be joined by Peter Hayes & Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

T Bone's long hiatus from recording and performing opened the door for one of music's most multi-faceted and successful careers. His multitude of musical identities have included: Grammy-winning producer (the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, the Tony Bennett and k.d. lang album, "A Wonderful World"); Oscar-nominated songwriter ("The Scarlet Tide" from Cold Mountain); indie record label founder (DMZ Records); soundtrack composer/Executive Music Producer (Walk The Line, The Big Lebowski) and versatile studio wizard (Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, k.d. lang, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Ralph Stanley, The Wallflowers, Gillian Welch and Cassandra Wilson).

The True False Identity Tour itinerary:
May 23 Chicago Vic Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)
May 24 Nashville Ryman Auditorium (with Jakob Dylan)
May 30 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club (with Jakob Dylan)
May 31 Philadelphia Theatre of the Living Arts (with Jakob Dylan)
June 1 New York Town Hall Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)
June 2 Boston Somerville Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)
June 9 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery (with Jakob Dylan)
June 10 Eugene, OR Secret House Vineyards (with Jakob Dylan)
June 11 Seattle Moore Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)
June 12 Portland Aladdin Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)
June 14 San Francisco Great American Music Hall (with Jakob Dylan)
June 15 San Francisco Great American Music Hall
(with Peter Hayes & Robert Levon Been)
June 16 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)
June 17 Santa Barbara, CA Lobero Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)
June 19 San Diego 4th & B Theater (with Jakob Dylan)
June 20 Los Angeles Wilshire Ebell Theatre (with Jakob Dylan)

Source: Columbia Records
NEW YORK, April 7, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
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The list of Country luminaries performing on "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" reads like a who's who of the format's finest with the announcement today that Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, and 2006 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee George Strait will all perform during this year's gala.

"The 40th Annual CMA Awards" will be held Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and will air live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. The CMA Awards will be hosted for the third consecutive year by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn.

In 2004, Bentley received his first nomination for the Horizon Award. He claimed the trophy in 2005, and in 2006 he is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, for the first time. Bentley, who has been on the road with Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" tour, will headline his own tour. "The Locked & Loaded" tour begins Oct. 4 in Auburn, Ala., and Bentley's next album, Long Trip Alone, comes out Oct. 17.

Chesney received four CMA Awards nominations in 2006 including Entertainer, which he won in 2004; Male Vocalist; Album for The Road and the Radio; and Single of the Year for "Summertime." Chesney could win two additional Awards for co-producing his nominated Album and Single of the Year with Buddy Cannon. Chesney, who has sold nearly 25 million albums, released a concert disc, Live Those Songs Again, Sept. 19. He concluded his successful, summer stadium tour on Sept. 3 and has performed for close to 6 million fans over the past five summers.

Wilson won the Horizon trophy in 2004 and last year she was named CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She is nominated in that category again in 2006 and picked up an additional nomination for Musical Event of the Year with Merle Haggard for "Politically Uncorrect." The multi-Platinum artist's highly- anticipated autobiography, Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life, will be published by Warner Books on Nov. 1.

The legendary Strait will also perform in addition to being formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on the CMA Awards along with artist Sonny James and musician/producer Harold Bradley. Strait recently enjoyed his 53rd No. 1 single with "Give It Away," making him Billboard magazine's all-time leader for No. 1 Country singles. The song is from Strait's forthcoming album, It Just Comes Natural, which is due in stores Oct. 3.

Performers already announced include Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood. More performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Tickets for "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" are now on-sale to the general public, and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (615) 255-9600; or in-person at the Gaylord Entertainment Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). The ticket price is $150 for Bronze level seating; $200 for Silver level seating (excluding applicable service/handling fees).

"The 40th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer; Robert Deaton is the Consulting Producer. Premiere Radio Network is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, including a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2006 CMA Awards. Chevy, an American Revolution, is the official ride of the 2006 CMA Awards. Additional promotional partners include aolmusic.com, Greased Lightning Cleaning Products(R), and Hallmark Cards(R). Charles Fazzino is the official artist of the 2006 CMA Awards.

Source: Country Music Association

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Three Days Grace Enter Billboard's Top 10 With New Release One-X With Sales of More Than 78,000

1st Single 'Animal I Have Become' #3 at Active Rock Radio, #7 at Modern Radio, Amongst the Great Gainers at These Respective Formats!

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Three Days Grace Have #1 Hit at R&R Active Rock With 'Animal I Have Become'

#5 at Modern Rock Radio

#1 Greatest Gainer

New Release One-X Rocking the Charts With Sales of Over 100,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Virginia Arts Festival Brings Rhythm and Blues Legend Ruth Brown Home for Mother's Day Weekend

Ruth Brown, the legendary blues and R&B singer and Portsmouth, Virginia native, highlights a new collaboration between the City and the Virginia Arts Festival with a star-studded celebratory concert Saturday, May 13.

The Ruth Brown Blues Festival jumps off at 8 p.m. at the nTelos Pavilion. The electrifying singer, known as "Miss Rhythm," rocked the house last year at Norfolk's Attucks Theater and wowed Festival audiences with her Hampton Roads performance on "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor. Brown, a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member, is one of VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n' Roll." She also won Broadway's Tony Award for Best Actress for her role in "Black and Blue."

On the all-star blues bill with Miss Brown are Shemekia Copeland, a Grammy Award-nominated singing sensation; guitarist Bo Diddley, one of Rolling Stone's "Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time," performing with the Debbie Hastings Band; and New Orleans legend Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

Copeland is often compared to Brown, Etta James and Aretha Franklin, and is acclaimed not only for her singing but also for her original music. Diddley, the Southside Chicago bluesman, is in the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Henry's remarkable falsetto helped him score hits with "I Don't Know Why I Love You (But I Do)" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love."

The Ruth Brown Blues Festival is just one of several noteworthy concerts scheduled for Mother's Day weekend in Portsmouth.

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, described by the Los Angeles Times as "rhythmic energy bursting in all directions," performs at Willett Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12. Pianist Arturo O'Farrill, the son of famed jazz musician and composer Chico O'Farrill, leads the 18-piece orchestra. The group performs classics from the Afro-Latin canon by composers Mario Bauza, Machito and the late Chico O'Farrill.

The weekend's attractions begin in a different tempo with chamber music Thursday, May 11 at noon at the Trinity Episcopal Church. Violinist Ani Kavafian, pianist Charles Woodward and the Miami String Quartet open the Lunchtime Chamber Music series, led by pianist Andre-Michel Schub.

About Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Arts Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary season of world-class arts, April 26-June 4, 2006. Twenty-one venues in nine cities from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach host 52 performances by the world's top-flight artists in classical music, dance, theatre, and jazz. Visit http://www.vafest.com/; call the Festival at 757-282-2800 or toll-free 877-741-ARTS (2787) for ticket information and travel packages.

Source: Virginia Arts Festival

Web site: http://www.vafest.com/

NORFOLK, Va., May 5, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Winners Announced for the 41st Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

List of Winners of 2006 CMA

>Kenny Chesney Wins Entertainer of the Year; Keith Urban Wins Top Male Vocalist; Sara Evans Wins Top Female Vocalist; Brad Paisley Wins 3 Awards; Carrie Underwood and Brooks & Dunn Win 2 Awards Each; The Late Buck Owens Honored With All-Star Tribute; Vince Gill Wins Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award

LAS VEGAS, May 24, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners have been announced for the 41st 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.

This evening Kenny Chesney won Entertainer of the Year, Keith Urban won Top Male Vocalist, Sara Evans won Top Female Vocalist, Brad Paisley won three awards, Brooks & Dunn won their 20th & 21st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, the late country music legend Buck Owens was honored with an all-star musical tribute and Vince Gill won the Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award.

Kenny Chesney's win for Entertainer of the Year makes two in a row: he won in the same category last year as well. As an artist who has won Top New Vocalist, Top Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year, Chesney holds the Academy of Country Music's Triple Crown, which salutes artists that have won in all three of those categories. His fellow Triple Crown winners are Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard and Barbara Mandrell.

Tonight world-famous artists from all walks of popular music joined together to salute the late Buck Owens in a special performance. Dwight Yoakam, ZZ Top guitarist and vocalist Billy Gibbons, Brad Paisley, Buddy Alan Owens (son of Buck & Bonnie Owens), original Buck Owens & The Buckaroos steel guitarist Tom Brumley, Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and blink-182/+44 drummer Travis Barker played together in the tribute, which was introduced by Vince Vaughn.

Owens, a country music legend who had twenty-one #1 country hits during the course of his remarkable career, passed away in March. He was the Academy of Country Music's very first Top Male Vocalist winner, in 1965; he was also honored with the Academy's most respected honor, the Pioneer Award, in 1988.

Also this evening, Vince Gill was honored with the 5th 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. In the spirit of giving, Gill gave the award to a young girl named Caitlin, who he met this week through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gill 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, Gill 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.

Following is the list of winners in the 13 categories voted on by the membership:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

KENNY CHESNEY

TOP MALE VOCALIST

KEITH URBAN

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST

SARA EVANS

TOP VOCAL GROUP

RASCAL FLATTS

TOP VOCAL DUO

BROOKS & DUNN

TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST

JASON ALDEAN

TOP NEW FEMALE VOCALIST

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

TOP NEW DUO OR VOCAL GROUP

SUGARLAND

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/ Artist(s)/ Record Company]

TIME WELL WASTED
BRAD PAISLEY
PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS
ARISTA

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/ Producer(s)/
Record Company]

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
PRODUCER: MARK BRIGHT
ARISTA

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/ Publisher(s)/ Artist(s)]

BELIEVE
WRITERS: RONNIE DUNN (BMI), CRAIG WISEMAN (ASCAP)
SONY / ATV TREE PUBLISHING CO. (BMI), SHOWBILLY MUSIC (BMI), BIG LOUD
SHIRT INDUSTRIES (ASCAP)
BROOKS & DUNN

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING
PRODUCERS: MARK KALBFELD, PETER TILDEN
DIRECTOR: JIM SHEA
ARTISTS: BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING
BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON
PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS
ARISTA

FAST FACTS ON THIS YEAR'S AWARDS:

* Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Sugarland each won their
first ever ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS tonight. Evans won for Top
Female Vocalist. Underwood won for Top New Female Vocalist and Single
Record of the Year -- not only her first ACM but her first
network-televised country music awards show win. Aldean won for Top
New Male Vocalist and Sugarland won for Top New Duo or Vocal Group.

* With his win tonight as Top Male Vocalist, Keith Urban also had
back-to-back wins. He was honored in the same category last year as
well.

* Brooks & Dunn won their 20th and 21st Academy of Country Music Awards
tonight: Top Vocal Duo and Song of the Year (for "Believe"). Ronnie
Dunn was also acknowledged separately for his writing credit on
"Believe." The pair's win for Top Vocal Duo was their 6th consecutive
win in that category.

* Rascal Flatts' win for Top Vocal Group was their fourth in as
many years.



The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,000 professional members and more than 35,000 associate members, is headquartered in Burbank, Calif. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

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 Fran LaMaina.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS were broadcast LIVE from the MGM GRAND on CBS Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Source: Academy of Country Music
Web site: http://www.acmcountry.com/

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Lenntek Corporation, innovator of technical accessories for a free lifestyle announces Hookup® a wireless receiver that connects your iPod with your cell phone allowing you to toggle between streaming music and accepting mobile calls.

Toss your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone and your iPod into your backpack or briefcase and liberate yourself from the tethers of technology. Hookup by Lenntek is a "made for

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Woody Herman Orchestra to Head Stellar Line-Up at The 15th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Bobby Matos, Kim Waters, Steve Davis and More Scheduled to Perform This July

From Latin rhythms to cool jazz to red-hot licks, the 15th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz (GHFJ) will showcase the full spectrum of jazz stylings from some of music's greatest artists in the capitol city's Bushnell Park this summer, July 14-15-16, 2006.

Sponsored by the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG) , the GHFJ is the largest FREE outdoor jazz festival in New England. In previous years, the Festival has attracted more than 45,000 music lovers to Bushnell Park.

For 2006, organizers of the 15th annual Festival have lined up three days of FREE music that celebrates the eclecticism of today's jazz, from hot Latin sounds to modern interpretations of classic Big Band to dizzying trumpet wizardry, from smooth, contemporary stylings to cool scat singing.

On Friday, July 14, the festival kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on the main stage at the Thomas D. Harris IV Pavilion with an evening of Latin Jazz, featuring Ray Vega followed by Bobby Matos and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. We guarantee your toes will be tappin' and you'll want to put your dancin' shoes on!

Saturday heats up, starting at 3:00 p.m., with the Christine Spero Group and then our Sax in the City celebration, featuring Kim Waters, Walter Beasley and more, but the excitement doesn't stop then.

A Jazz Dance Party starts at 10:30 at the Friends of the Festival's Arch Stage with the sounds of Soul Syndicate and everyone is invited to meander over and party until midnight. Vendors will stay open late for late night shopping, eating and drinking.

On Sunday, July 16, Christ Church Cathedral at 45 Church Street will feature a jazz mass at 10:00 a.m., featuring Ross Tucker's Hot Cat Jazz Band. All are welcome.

Sunday explodes in dramatic style, starting at 3:00 p.m., when trumpeter Marvin Stamm starts things swinging with his impeccable sense of time. Vocalist Shawnn Monteiro follows with her special guest, Clark Terry, and then Hartford's own Steve Davis brings an All-Star sextet featuring Larry Willis to the stage. This exciting weekend comes to a close with the fabulous Woody Herman Orchestra -- "The Thundering Herd" -- celebrating their 70th anniversary!

Starting at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 on the Friends of the Festival's Arch Stage are the Artists' Collective Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Jimmy Macbride Quartet and the Canton High School Jazz Ensemble. On Sunday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m., pianist Jason Castonguay, the Norman Gage-Larry Reed Quintet and the Jason Schwartz Project will perform.

"This is our deepest, most diverse and exciting line-up yet," said Dan Fine, president of the non-profit, volunteer-run organization. "There is truly something for everyone, from modern and straight-ahead jazz novices to smooth contemporary and Latin rhythm lovers to fans of the Big Bands. We look forward to again bringing outstanding free music to Hartford this summer."

The festival, which in the past decade has showcased such jazz giants as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, McCoy Tyner, Chuck Mangione, Nancy Wilson, Billy Taylor, Joey DeFrancesco and Ahmad Jamal has been hailed by The Hartford Courant as "a worthy role model for all major, free outdoor cultural events in the city of Hartford."

Besides offering great music, the festival also will host a food court, an arts-and-crafts marketplace and family-oriented activities during the weekend, including a musical instrument "Petting Zoo," The Hartford Public Library's Bookmobile and the Hartford Fire Department's Smoke House, to teach youngsters and adults about fire safety.

For the eleventh consecutive year, the GHFJ is being sponsored by The Hartford, which is helping to further the tradition of free jazz concerts in Bushnell Park. Other sponsors this year include: the Mass Mutual Foundation for Hartford, Merrill Lynch, Aetna, Target, Foxwoods, Chubb, Data-Mail, New Alliance Foundation, Hoffman Auto Group, Dunkin' Donuts, The Phoenix, Starbucks, Edart, media sponsors WTIC 1080 and the Hartford Advocate, the Evelyn Preston Memorial Fund, the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, the SBM Charitable Foundation, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the New Alliance Bank Foundation, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Foundation and the Ahearn Family Foundation.

In addition to presenting the country's finest performers, the festival is dedicated to showcasing local artists and aspiring young performers from area schools and jazz programs.

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in the fall of 1991 by Paul Brown, noted jazz bassist and music educator, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Paul Brown's Monday Night Summer Jazz Concert Series. It can be found at www.hartfordjazz.com.

Made Possible by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

2006 Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Bushnell Park

Hartford, Connecticut

July 14 - 16, 2006

Source: Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

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World-Renowned Vocalist Enya Releases Her Highest-Ever Album Debut With "Amarantine"

Album Charts at #8 in Its First Week of Sales

One of the top-selling vocalists of all time, Enya follows her 13 million-selling album "A Day Without Rain" with the chart-topping debut of her sixth album, "Amarantine," from Reprise Records. "Amarantine" hit the #8 spot on the U.S. album chart in its first week of sales after its November 22 release, the highest debut ever for an Enya album.

The album entered the Top 10 charts in 14 other countries around the world, and the Top 15 in four more. With more than 65 million total album sales to date, Enya is one of the world's bestselling musical artists.

Recorded in Ireland, "Amarantine" is classic Enya and once again, the record is a product of the extraordinary and long-standing creative partnership Enya has enjoyed throughout her career with producer/arranger Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan.

With its atmospheric blend of sublime melodies, symphonic caverns of sound and classical motifs, "Amarantine" will delight her legion of fans, to whom Enya's music acts as an oasis of calm and beauty in a world of clamor and chaos.

www.enya.com
BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/02/2005 --

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Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy Co-Hosts Nashville Star's Season Four

Rotating Celebrity Guests to Join Show Veterans Anastasia Brown and Phil Vassar at the Judges' Table **

Five-time Grammy Award Winning Superstar Wynonna Judd (Curb Records) and RAYBAW/Warner Bros. Record's Cowboy Troy will host the fourth season of USA Network's Nashville Star, it was announced today by Jeff Wachtel, USA's Executive Vice President of Original Programming. The nation's top-rated country music series and original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star, Nashville Star, will debut the fourth season in an all-new star-studded fashion on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 from 10:00 - 11:00 PM (ET/PT).

"We're thrilled to have an artist of Wynonna's stature, talent and pure- star quality, join this season's Nashville Star. She's a legitimate icon in both the country world and our popular culture," said Wachtel. "By pairing Wynonna with someone as artistically groundbreaking as the MusikMafia's Cowboy Troy, we're truly taking the franchise to the next level."

"Individually, both Cowboy Troy and Wynonna have incredible music careers going for them," explains executive producer H.T. Owens. "But by combining their star-power, Nashville Star will continue to grow as the most entertaining and highest rated country music series in America."

One of the music industry's premiere female vocalists, Wynonna has accumulated sales totals in excess of twenty-nine million units as a solo superstar and as a member of one of the most successful duos of all time, The Judds. She has collected over 60 prestigious industry awards, celebrated 20 #1 hits and is most recently a New York Times best-selling author with her memoir, Coming Home to Myself.

For the last two years, she was chosen to be the United States Ambassador for YouthAIDS, a global initiative that generates funding and awareness to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS among the world's youth, and helps to raise millions of dollars for charities each year. With 20 legendary years and millions of fans around the world, Wynonna's star shines brightly.

The Hick-Hop originator, Cowboy Troy's release Loco Motive debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and at #15 on Billboard's Hot 200 chart. He recently performed on The Tonight Show, Imus In The Morning and Good Morning America.

He has been featured in the pages of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly to name a few. CBT performed on the season finale of last year's show and was on hand to present the winner Erika Jo with a Chevy truck. He is currently touring as part of the "American Revolution Tour featuring Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich."

Returning from last year, famed singer/songwriter Phil Vassar and music and movie industry executive Anastasia Brown are slated to provide their feedback and commentary during each of the live episodes. They will be joined by a rotating special celebrity guest judge each week throughout the season.

"We want to bring a fresh perspective to each episode through the judging table," said Owens. "Expect to see big names in entertainment filling our panel this season, and more importantly, helping find and bring untapped country music talent, that otherwise wouldn't be heard, to the American people.

NASHVILLE STAR is created by Reveille and executive produced by Ben Silverman ("The Biggest Loser," "The Office") and H.T. Owens ("The Restaurant," "30 Days"). Jeff Boggs will executive produce in association with Reveille again for the second year. The show is produced by Jon Small ("Garth Brooks Live From Central Park," "Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium") and his production company, Picture Vision, alongside co-executive producer Mark Koops ("The Restaurant," "Blow Out").

REVEILLE develops produces and distributes new and non-traditional programming formats for television and motion pictures across a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, game, and reality for American and international markets. In addition to selling television formats for independent producers such as NBC Universal Television Studios (USA Network, Sci Fi Channel), BBC Worldwide, Renegade and Princess Productions, Reveille sells its own produced program formats such as "The Restaurant" (NBC), "Blow Out" (Bravo) and "30 Days" (FX).

Reveille also distributed the internationally renowned, award-winning "911" documentary and is a world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers, developing alternative financing paradigms and selling and distributing television formats in markets worldwide. Reveille has produced projects such as, "Coupling," "The Restaurant", "The Biggest Loser" and "The Office: An American Workplace" for NBC. Cable projects include "Blow Out" for Bravo, "The Club" on Spike, USA Network's "Nashville Star," the Morgan Spurlock project "30 Days" for FX Networks and MTV's "Date My Mom."

USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. USA Network is seen in over 89 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com/. USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Source: USA Network
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 6, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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NEW ORIGINAL RINGTONES BY MARIAH CAREY, MARY J. BLIGE AND THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS NOW AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE PEPSI COOL TONES & MOTOROLA PHONES PROMOTION

Pepsi and Motorola Offering More Than 150 Original Ringtones

Yahoo! to Introduce First Full-Length Music Videos Created for Ringtones

Cell phone rings will never be the same, thanks to the Pepsi Cool Tones & Motorola Phones promotion, which begins today. For the first time ever in a large-scale national promotion, music fans can download* new ringtones written and recorded by today’s top artists specifically for the ringtone format, a length of 40 seconds or less.
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Serving a dual purpose, the Zune User Group (ZUG) and its discussion forum ZCommunity were officially launched today through its official web site http://www.zuneusergroup.com.

Said the founder, Ash Nallawalla, "I created this online community partly because I have been involved with running traditional personal computer user groups since 1982 and believe that their days are numbered unless they embrace the online community model."

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VAN ZANT CANCEL APPEARANCE AT ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

DUO FORCED TO CANCEL DUE TO SINGER’S APPENDIX SURGERY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is with great disappointment that country duo Van Zant, comprised of brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant, will not be attending the 41st annual Academy of Country Music awards on . Van Zant is nominated for ‘Duo of the Year,’ at this years show.
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Van Morrison 2006 Dates Announced

Lost Highway Records to Release "Pay The Devil" on March 7

Five dates have been announced for the legendary Van Morrison to take place in March. Morrison is set to tour in support of his upcoming Lost Highway country album Pay The Devil, which comes out on March 7.

VanMorrison has confirmed dates in San Francisco, Nicasio, CA, Los Angeles, Dallas, Nashville and Boston.

Pay The Devil is comprised of 15 tracks, three originals and 12 covers of some of Van Morrison's favorite classic country songs, including "Your Cheatin Heart," "Things Have Gone To Pieces" and "Big Blue Diamonds."

For 40 years, Van Morrison has continued to be an important and vibrant artist. He has never rested on his laurels when he easily could have with such important albums as Astral Weeks (1968), Moondance (1970), Tupelo Honey (1971) Irish Heartbeat (1988), right up to the critically acclaimed Magic Time (2005). Pay The Devil is another shining example of an artist following his muse and being as vital today as he was when he began

.

Van Morrison 2006 Concert Dates

3/3 San Francisco, CA Masonic Hall - Tickets on Sale 2/3

3/4 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre - Tickets on Sale 1/28

3/6 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre - Tickets on Sale 1/28

3/7 Nashville, TN Ryman Theatre - Tickets on Sale 2/4

3/8 Boston, MA Opera House - Tickets on Sale 2/4

Source: Lost Highway Records
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 30, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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U2: DVD Release : 'Vertigo 2005//U2 Live From Chicago'

"Vertigo 2005//U2 Live From Chicago" will be released by Interscope Records on November 15, 2005.

Filmed at the United Center in Chicago on May 9th and 10th this year, the Vertigo 2005 DVD brings the Vertigo tour experience to the small screen.

The DVD spans two discs: the full live show, directed by Hamish Hamilton -- director of both U2's previous million-selling live DVDs ("U2 Go Home Live from Slane Castle" and "Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston") -- plus an additional disc of bonus material including Beyond The Tour, an intimate behind the scenes documentary and startling 'surveillance cuts' of the Chicago show.

Filmed using four remotely controlled black and white infra-red surveillance cameras; the footage offers a totally different perspective on the show.

"Vertigo 2005//U2 Live From Chicago" brings together recent hits from 2004's number one album "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," live favorites such as Where The Streets Have No Name, and rarely played early tracks including Electric Co, An Cat Dubh and set-closer 40.

The Vertigo tour continues in the US through December 19. By that date the band will have played more than 100 shows to a total of more than three million people in the United States and Europe.

The full DVD track listing is as follows:

Disc One

Performance from Chicago United Center, filmed May 9th and 10th, 2005

City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
Elevation
Cry/Electric Co.
An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart
Beautiful Day
New Year's Day
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
Love And Peace Or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Standstill
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Where The Streets Have No Name
One
Zoo Station
The Fly
Mysterious Ways
All Because Of You
Original Of The Species
Yahweh
40

Director Hamish Hamilton
Producer Ned O'Hanlon
Executive Producer Paul McGuinness
Show Designer Willie Williams

Disc Two

1. BEYOND THE TOUR -- DOCUMENTARY
Directed by Erica Forstadt

2. BONUS MATERIAL
- Surveillance cuts
Love And Peace Or Else
An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart
Cry/Electric Co.
Running To Stand Still
Concept, direction and photography by Willie Williams.

- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own -- Alternative video
Directed by Phil Joanou

Aspect: 16:9
Sound: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Duration: 3 hrs 17 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese
(not including any subtitling of songs)
DVD 1 x DVD 9
1 x DVD 5

Source: Interscope Records
NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Tickets for R. Kelly As Mr. Show Biz in The Light It Up Tour Go on Sale Today Friday February 3rd

Tickets for the first two months of shows for Jive recording artist R. Kelly's upcoming The Light It Up Tour go on sale today Friday, February 3rd.

On the heels of an incredible year where R. Kelly introduced us to "Chuck," "Mary" and "Rufus" in his ongoing Grammy nominated saga "Trapped In The Closet" and released the #1 selling Platinum album TP.3 Reloaded; the Grammy Award winning musician and songwriter will introduce the world to R. Kelly As Mr. Show Biz in The Light It Up Tour. R. Kelly will tour with a live band and has chosen to take his show exclusively to theaters.

R. Kelly's first release was over 15 years ago; he is a true musical icon and has sold well over 37 million albums worldwide. R. Kelly is a multi-winning Grammy, Billboard, Soul Train and American Music Award winner. He has co-directed all of his music videos since the classic "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)."

Recently R. Kelly continues his musical legacy and has been nominated for a 2005 Grammy in the category of Best Long Form Music Video for Trapped In The Closet (Chapters 1-5).

Dates for the complete tour are still to be announced, but confirmed theater shows and on-sale dates are as follows:

3/9 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater Tix On Sale 2/4
3/10 St. Louis, MO Fox Theater Tix On Sale 2/4
3/11 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater Tix On Sale 2/11
3/12 Oklahoma City, OK Civic Center Music Hall Tix On Sale 2/6
3/14 Houston, TX Jesse Jones Hall Tix On Sale 2/4
3/16 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater Tix On Sale 2/4
3/17 Austin, TX Bass Hall Tix On Sale 2/11
3/18 Little Rock, AK The Theater @ Alltel Arena Tix On Sale 2/4
3/20 Atlanta, GA Fox Theater Tix On Sale 2/4
3/24 Miami, FL James L Knight Center Tix On Sale 2/3
3/25 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall Tix On Sale 2/10
3/26 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theater Tix On Sale 2/3
3/28 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Tix On Sale 2/10
3/29 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium Tix On Sale 2/10
3/31 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium Tix On Sale 2/18
4/1 Memphis, TN Canon Center Tix On Sale 2/11
4/3 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall Tix On Sale 2/11
4/7 Boston, MA Wang Center Tix On Sale 2/10
4/8 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater Tix On Sale 2/11
4/9 Atlantic City House Of Blues Tix On Sale 2/11
4/12 Newark, New Jersey NJ Performing Arts Center Tix On Sale 2/10
4/18 New York Radio City Music Hall Tix On Sale 2/10
4/23 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater Tix On Sale 2/18
4/26 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater Tix On Sale 2/25
4/28 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Theater Tix On Sale 2/18
4/29 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater Tix On Sale 2/25

Additional dates to be announced shortly.
All dates are subject to change.

Source: Jive Records
NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
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With more than a half-million tickets sold to date, house records set in many cities, reviews like SPIN's, "Suddenly, Tom Petty is the coolest rocker on Earth," and a continuously changing all-star line-up comprised of friends and special guests which so far have included Pearl Jam, Stevie Nicks, Trey Anastasio, The Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, Frank Black, and the Strokes, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers announce today that the "Highway Companion Tour" will be extended into October with Beck, The Black Crowes, The Dandy Warhols and Blind Boys of Alabama added to select dates.

The Black Crowes are confirmed for September 10 at Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C., Beck will support Tom & the Heartbreakers' September 27 show at the Coors Amphitheatre in San Diego, The Dandy Warhols will perform in Madison, WI on September 12 and at the just-added, third Berkeley, CA date on October 27, and The Blind Boys of Alabama will support at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ONT, Canada.

In addition, new dates have been added in Sacramento, CA/Raley Field/October 20 and Indian Wells, CA/Indian Wells Tennis Garden/October 21, and as previously announced, Tom and the Heartbreakers will headline the Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas, NV on October 28. A complete itinerary is below.

This first-class melding of incredible talent that also celebrates the Heartbreakers' 30th anniversary has led to some stunning "you-won't-see-this-everyday" onstage pairings. Petty, along with Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone joined The Allman Brothers Band in Philadelphia for a version of Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" in which Petty and Greg Allman traded vocals and Campbell traded licks with Warren Haynes and Dereck Trucks. Greg Allman repaid the compliment later the same night when he sat in with Tom and the Heartbreakers playing organ and sharing vocals with Tom on "Little Red Rooster."

Eddie Vedder took over Tom's lead vocal duties on "American Girl" and "The Waiting" in St. Paul, Milwaukee, Denver and Seattle. Foo Fighter Dave Grohl jammed with Tom and the Heartbreakers on "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "You Wreck Me" at Randall's Island in New York where Tom and the Heartbreakers headlined the Amsterjam Festival; Trey Anastasio came on stage to jam on Van Morrison's "Mystic Eyes" at the Detroit date, and of course, Stevie Nicks, who Tom has been introducing as an "honorary Heartbreaker," has been on many of the tour dates and has helped to bring the house down with "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and "I Need to Know." Rolling Stone, in a glowing review of the Portland show, described Petty and Nicks on stage, ".they seemed both timeless and immediate, classic and forever young."

With the launch of the third leg set for late this week, the tour has been one of the summer's biggest successes, having sold well in excess of a half-million tickets. Petty and the Heartbreakers, who the Boston Globe called "an incendiary live act," have broken house records and played to sold-out houses. The band's September 21 concert in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida - the first time the band has played there in 13 years, sold out in mere minutes. The show will be filmed.

On July 25, Highway Companion, Petty's third solo and 18th overall career disc, was released (American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records) and became his highest-ever chart debut, coming in at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. The album was produced by Jeff Lynne with Petty and Mike Campbell, and features twelve new Petty compositions. Lynne also produced the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Petty albums Full Moon Fever (1989) and Into the Great Wide Open (1991) (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). The first radio track from Highway Companion is "Saving Grace," which was world-premiered in June in front of 20-million people on ABC-TV's NBA Finals.

This year, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. For this 30th anniversary, Academy Award-winning director/screenwriter Peter Bogdanovich has signed on to direct a comprehensive feature/film documentary about Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

Over the past 30 years, Petty & the Heartbreakers have sold more than 50-million records, been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the first year the band was eligible. Late last year, Billboard magazine presented Petty with its 2005 Century Award, the publication's highest honor for creative achievement. He recently kicked off his second season of his critically acclaimed XM Satellite Radio show, "Tom Petty's Buried Treasure."

As the New York Times wrote in its review of the band's Madison Square Garden concert, "30 years in the making, a show still lean and hungry."

Confirmed dates for the "Highway Companion Tour," Leg Three are as follows:

SEPTEMBER

8 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT (w/ Blind Boys of Alabama)

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TOM PETTY RECEIVES 16TH GRAMMY NOMINATION

Tom Petty received his sixteenth Grammy nomination this morning, just two days after being presented with Billboard's prestigious Century Award at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Petty's "Square One," featured in Cameron Crowe's film "Elizabethtown," was nominated in the category of Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. This is Petty's first nomination in this category.

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).

In 2006, Petty will release a brand-new solo album,"Highway Companion, and along with his band the Heartbreakers, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album.

December 8, 2005 (Los Angeles, CA) -

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TOM PETTY SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RECORDING CONTRACT WITH AMERICAN RECORDINGS

First Release, "Highway Companion," Due July 25

Tom Petty has signed an exclusive recording contract with Rick Rubin's American Recordings. The agreement keeps Petty within the Warner Bros. Records family - his last four albums were on the Warner Bros. label, including 1994's multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning Rubin-produced "Wildflowers" - and Rubin recently brought his American Recordings label back to Burbank.

"Having Tom on American is a dream come true for me," commented Rubin, "Tom is the consummate craftsman when it comes to recording, and has written great songs consistently for thirty years."

Rubin is excited to be expanding upon the working relationship he has with Petty and the Heartbreakers, who, in various combinations, have worked with the producer on numerous projects. "Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers is the quintessential American rock band," Rubin added, "and being a great rock and roll band has become a lost art."

"We are delighted that Tom has chosen to continue his relationship with Warner Bros. Records and that he will be working with Rick," says WBR Chairman & CEO Tom Whalley. "They are both incredibly talented and have created some of the greatest music of our time."

The first release under the new agreement will be "Highway Companion," Petty's third solo and 18th overall career disc. Due out on July 25 and featuring twelve new Petty compositions, "Highway Companion" was produced by Jeff Lynne with Petty and Mike Campbell; Lynne also produced the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Petty albums "Full Moon Fever" (1989) and "Into the Great Wide Open" (1991) (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).

The first radio track is "Saving Grace," which was world-premiered in front of 20-million people on ABC-TV's Dallas vs. Miami NBA Finals Thursday, June 8. A special video stream of "Saving Grace" is now available at tompetty.com.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are currently on their 2006 U.S. Summer/Fall concert tour, which includes headlining the Bonnaroo Festival on June 16 and Madison Square Garden in New York on June 20th. Both events are sold out. For complete tour dates, visit tompetty.com.

This year, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Campbell, Benmont Tench/keyboards, Ron Blair/bass, Scott Thurston/guitars, harmonica, backing vocals, and Steve Ferrone/drums - will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. For this 30th anniversary, Academy Award-winning director/screenwriter Peter Bogdanovich has signed on to direct a comprehensive feature/film documentary about Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

Over the past 30 years, Petty & the Heartbreakers have sold more than 50-million records, been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the first year the band was eligible. Late last year, Billboard magazine presented Petty with its 2005 Century Award, the publication's highest honor for creative achievement. He recently kicked off his second season of his critically acclaimed XM Satellite Radio show, "Tom Petty's Buried Treasure."

"Highway Companion" Credits:

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In an Unprecedented String of Dates in the South and Mid-West Through Cities He Hasn't Played in Decades Beginning August 1 in Atlanta

Iconoclast and reclusive touring artist TOM WAITS is making an unprecedented move by taking his always unpredictably stunning live show on the road, mostly in cities (Atlanta, Memphis, Louisville, Nashville) where he hasn't been seen on stage since the mid-to-late '70s. As for Asheville, NC, Tom has never played a gig; he hasn't performed in Akron, OH or Detroit since the '80s. The most recent stop on this extraordinary tour is Chicago, where Waits played the Chicago Theater for three sold out nights on his "Mule Variations" tour in '99.

"We need to go to Tennessee to pick up some fireworks, and someone owes me money in Kentucky," says Waits about why he's chosen this particular time and route to tour.

When this two-time Grammy-winner last performed live in 2004, tickets sold out in hours, if not minutes. His most recent live date in London sold out in 30 minutes, with over 150,000 ticket requests received within the first hour. Waits' three previous North American concerts (two in Vancouver, Canada and one in Seattle) were also snapped up in record time.

"His concert was a nostalgic trip through freak shows, murder ballads, and ruminations on lost love," wrote Charles R. Cross in Rolling Stone after 2004 performance at Seattle's Paramount Theater. "He didn't so much sing these songs as he wheezed, whistled, and shouted them, shaking his fist like a craps player on a roll. Mining his recent 'Real Gone' ... Waits created a world of haunting characters adrift in a bygone age."

In other news, Paste magazine has just issued its collector's edition citing the "100 Best Living Songwriters," with Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (longtime co-writer, co-producer and wife) clocking in at #4. According to Paste, "In literature, only a handful of writers have pulled off the near impossible. In music, it happens on every Tom Waits recording."

Look for local ads in the regional papers for on sale dates. The first show in Atlanta goes on sale July 8.

Tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE

Tues, Aug 1 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

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Toni Braxton Returns to Music Limelight With a #1 New CD Album

New Album 'Libra' Debuts as the #1 R&B Record and Top 5 on Top 200 Album Chart

Multiple platinum and Grammy winning superstar Toni Braxton is officially back and bigger than ever, with the #1 R&B record this week -- Libra. The Blackground/Universal release also lands in the Top 5 on The Billboard Top 200 Album Chart this week at #4. Libra, which is Braxton's sixth studio album -- hit stores on September 27th, features the hit song "Trippin." The hot single was the #2 most added song at the Urban Adult Radio format when it debuted at the end of September.

Toni's eagerly awaited new album was helmed by star producers such as Scott Storch and Vincent Herbert, with the highly regarded disc faithfully embodying the trademark Braxton soulfulness which has made the spirited vocalist a worldwide phenomenon.

The six-time Grammy winner was a guest this week on the popular Ellen Degeneres Show, returning to the limelight in recent weeks with a flurry of activity, including co-hosting duties for the Tenth Annual Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards, as well as appearing with Tricia Yearwood on the Oxygen network custom concert special.

Toni Braxton first exploded on the music scene in 1993 with her multi- platinum, self-titled smash debut album. Toni Braxton won 3 Grammys, netting Toni the Best New Artist statue, and selling more than 10 million copies worldwide, propelling the elegant singer into the R&B and pop stratosphere.

Her follow-up album, 1996's Secrets sold 12 million copies worldwide, garnered two Grammys, and established the husky-voiced songstress as one of the music world's most hypnotic vocal divas. Three more hit albums followed, placing her in the ranks of legendary female vocalists such as, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, and Whitney Houston among others.

Toni took a temporary hiatus from the limelight to enjoy motherhood (she has two sons with musician Keri Lewis) and to explore creative avenues outside of the recording arena. The versatile performer starred in the Broadway musical hit Aida in 2003, (in 1998 she starred as Belle in Broadway's Beauty And The Beast) but her own brush with a heart ailment (Pericarditis) while she was on stage, led the singer to take a break from most of her entertainment duties. Braxton, now fully recovered, has recently become a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, joining their efforts to educate women about heart disease.

Excited about her return to recording and performing, the charismatic Toni is also preparing for her first full scale tour in many years in support of the acclaimed Libra.

Source: Universal Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Top 100 Nightclubs and Bars for 2006 Selected by Editors of Nightclub & Bar Magazine

Venues to Be Honored at "The Show" in Las Vegas

Oxford Publishing Inc., publisher of national trade magazine Nightclub & Bar, has named its Editors' Top 100 bars and clubs in the United States, which will be honored in a special presentation at the Nightclub & Bar/Beverage Retailer Beverage and Food Convention & Trade Show ("The Show") in Las Vegas, held March 5-8, 2006.

Nightclubs and bars from all over the United States were chosen based on a number of criteria, including annual revenues, marketing and advertising effectiveness, promotional expertise, uniqueness to market, food and beverage programs and much more.

From high-energy, upscale hot spots such as Marquee in Manhattan to laid- back, down-home historical haunts like Sloppy Joe's in Key West, Fla., the Top 100 represents the full spectrum of nightlife in America. As far east as Long Branch in Raleigh, N.C., and as far west as Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, up north to the World Bar in New York City, to the Deep South for The Carousel Bar in New Orleans, the Top 100 puts the spotlight on on-premise operations and venues that shine.

The following bars and clubs, listed in alphabetical order, made the Editors' Top 100 for 2006. The city designated in parentheses for each is the city in which it is located, or, if the concept has multiple locations, the city of its first location.
1. 115 Bourbon Street Pub (Chicago)
2. 32 Degrees (Philadelphia)
3. AJ's (Destin, Fla.)
4. Ampersand (New Orleans)
5. Ava Lounge (New York)
6. Aria (Boston)
7. Avalon and Spider Club (L.A.)
8. Beach Bar at the W Hotel (San Diego)
9. B.E.D. (Miami)
10. Billy Bob's Texas (Fort Worth, Texas)
11. Blue Martini (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
12. Cabo Wabo Cantina (Lake Tahoe, Nev.)
13. Caramel Bar and Lounge (Las Vegas)
14. Carlos & Charlie's (Lake Travis, Texas)
15. Carousel Bar (New Orleans)
16. Casbah (Atlantic City, N.J.)
17. Chilkoot Charlies's (Anchorage, Alaska)
18. Club Chameleon (Las Vegas)
19. Club Deep (Miami)
20. Coyote Ugly (New York)
21. Crobar (New York)
22. Dave & Buster's (Dallas)
23. Denim (Philadelphia)
24. Dream (Washington, D.C.)
25. e4 (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
26. Eight 75 (Biloxi, Miss.)
27. Elements, the Lounge (Sea Bright, N.J.)
28. Eleven50 (Atlanta)
29. ESPN Zone (Baltimore)
30. Elysium (Detroit)
31. Excalibur (Chicago)
32. Fado Irish Pub (Atlanta)
33. First Avenue (Minneapolis)
34. Flatiron Lounge (New York)
35. Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce (Hollywood, Calif. and Las Vegas)
36. Fox Sports Grill (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
37. Vicci (Austin, Texas)
38. Galapagos (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
39. ghostbar (Las Vegas)
40. Green Parrot (Key West, Fla.)
41. Good Hurt (Los Angeles)
42. Ground Zero Blues Club (Clarksdale, Miss.)
43. House of Blues (New Orleans)
44. ICE (Las Vegas)
45. Jillian's (Dallas)
46. Jimmy'z At The Forge (Miami)
47. Kahunaville (Wilmington, Del.)
48. Key Club (Hollywood, Calif.)
49. Le Passage (Chicago)
50. Light (Las Vegas)
51. Long Street (Columbus, Ohio)
52. Lotus (New York)
53. Mango's Tropical Cafe (Miami)
54. Marquee (New York)
55. Medusa (Seattle)
56. Mercy Wine Bar (Addison, Texas)
57. Midnight Rodeo (San Antonio)/Wild West (Houston)
58. Mickey's Hangover (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
59. Mynt (Miami)
60. Mie N Yu (Washington, D.C.)
61. Nikki Beach (Miami)
62. Ocean Club (Honolulu, Hawaii.)
63. Pangea/The Gryphon (Hollywood, Fla.)
64. Pat O'Brien's (New Orleans)
65. Prey (Los Angeles)
66. Pure (Las Vegas)
67. Pin-Up Bowl (St. Louis, Mo.)
68. Purple Moon (Flint, Mich.)
69. Rain in the Desert (Las Vegas)
70. Remote Lounge (New York)
71. Rise (Denver, Colo.)
72. RockStar (soon to be renamed) (Destin, Fla.)
73. rumjungle (Las Vegas)
74. Senses (Memphis, Tenn.)
75. Sharkeez (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
76. Shelter (Los Angeles)
77. Sherlock's Baker Street Pub (Houston)
78. Six (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
79. Sloppy Joe's (Key West, Fla.)
80. Studio 54 (Las Vegas)
81. Tabu Ultra Lounge (Las Vegas)
82. The Abbey (West Hollywood, Calif.)
83. the bosco (Ferndale, Mich.)
84. The Crocodile Cafe (Seattle)
85. The Dresden Room (Los Angeles)
86. The Funky Buddha Lounge (Chicago)
87. The Greene Turtle (Ocean City, Md.)
88. The Library Bar & Grill (Tempe, Ariz.)
89. The New Crown & Anchor (Provincetown, Mass.)
90. The Ranch (Midland, Texas)
91. The Viper Room (Los Angeles)
92. Tipitina's (New Orleans)
93. Tobacco Road (Miami)
94. Tongue & Groove (Atlanta)
95. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge (Nashville, Tenn.)
96. Top of the Mark (San Francisco)
97. Vine Street Lounge (Los Angeles)
98. Whiskey Blue (Los Angeles)
99. World Bar (New York)
100. XYZ (Los Angeles)

Oxford Publishing Inc., based in Oxford, Miss., publishes national trade publications Nightclub & Bar, Beer Wine & Spirits Beverage Retailer and Salud! y Buen Provecho and produces the nation's largest beverage and food industry trade show, the Nightclub & Bar/Beverage Retailer Beverage and Food Convention & Trade Show ("The Show") in Las Vegas each year. OP also produced "The Show" in Atlantic City recently and hosts other trade shows throughout the nation.

Source: Oxford Publishing Inc.
OXFORD, Miss., Dec. 7, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Truckin’ Out of Athens and in to the Music Scene

Georgia Produces the Next Big Thing in Rock ‘n Roll: The Drive-By Truckers

By Sam Pouns
sam.pouns@kinkaid.org

Have you heard of The B-52’s or R.E.M? Maybe the name Widespread Panic rings a bell? The thing these bands have in common is the place they made their start: Athens, Georgia.

A small town outside of Atlanta, Athens is not only home to the UGA “Dawgs” but also home to one of the best music scenes in the South. The birthplace of Indie bands, The Modern Skirts and The Whigs, Athens has a music scene comparable to Austin (the music capital most of us are familiar with). The hottest band to recently come out of Athens is The Drive-By Truckers.

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“In an order entered on Monday, September 25th , the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee upheld the January 20, 2006 order of the court of Appeals for the Middle District of Tennessee by denying Polygram Records, Inc,. and Legacy Entertainment Group, LLC, permission to appeal the earlier order. This order reaffirms that Jett Williams and Hank Williams, Jr. are the sole owners of Hank Williams’ performances on the “Mother’s Best Radio Show” which aired in 1952…..”

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Singer Michael Bublé Starts a New Tour and Performs All Over TV

Multi platinum singing sensation Michael Bublé is scheduled to begin a 30-city tour, dazzling audiences across the country including an appearance at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall.

Prior to his returning to the stage, the dashing Vancouver native, who has received rave reviews for his poignant and thrilling renditions of American standards and dynamic live shows, will be making several high profile TV performances including "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (Jan 31st), a live appearance in Rockefeller Plaza on NBC's "The Today Show" (Feb 3rd), and the ABC-TV hit series, "Dancing With The Stars" (Feb 17th).

The tour follows the extraordinary successes of Michael Bublé's DVD "Caught In The Act," Hallmark's current 2006 Valentine's Day Album "With Love" and his Reprise Records CD "It's Time," which has sold a stunning 4 million copies around the world, was nominated for two Grammy® Awards including Best Traditional Pop Album, and contains the No. 1 Bublé penned tune "Home."

Bublé, whose Reprise Records CD "It's Time" has been twice Grammy nominated, will be performing on Feb. 10th - 14th at the Las Vegas Hilton in celebration of Valentine's Day.

The movie-star handsome Canadian shot to fame three years ago with his self-titled debut CD. He has circled the globe a dozen times since then and has had number-one records in over 9 Countries.


Date City
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3/1 Uncasville, CT
3/3 Wash, DC
3/4 NYC, NY
3/5 Atlantic City, NJ
3/7 Richmond, VA
3/8 Atlanta, GA
3/10 Cincinnati, OH
3/11 Chicago, IL
3/12 Grand Rapids, MI
3/14 Tulsa, OK
3/15 Oklahoma City, OK
3/17 Ft. Worth, TX
3/18 Austin, TX
3/19 San Antonio, TX
3/21 Tucson, AZ
3/24 San Diego, CA
3/25 San Francisco, CA
3/26 Sacramento, CA
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT
3/29 Denver, CO
3/31 Minneapolis, MN

Date City
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4/4 Portland, ME
4/5 Providence, RI
4/7 Albany, NY
4/8 Verona, NY
4/9 Baltimore, MD
4/11 Norfolk, VA
4/12 Raleigh, NC
4/14 Columbus, OH
4/15 Detroit, MI

SOURCE:  Warner Bros. Records
NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/27/2006 --
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Music Hall's 2005 Detroit International Jazz Festival - Most Successful in 26-Year History of the Event

Detroit's Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2005 Detroit International Jazz Festival was the most successful in its 26-year history. The Festival earned an operating surplus for the first time in years and drew an estimated one

million people into downtown Detroit -- nearly doubling attendance over the previous year. This year's Festival expanded from Hart Plaza along Woodward Avenue to the new Campus Martius Park. It featured one of the strongest Jazz lineups of any festival in the country in recent years, including Dave Brubeck, David "Fathead" Newman, McCoy Tyner, Medeski Martin & Wood, Les McCann, Gerald Wilson and Charles McPherson.

For the first time, the Festival also featured significant blues, R&B, funk and gospel acts on stages lining Woodward Avenue and at Campus Martius Park, including The Funk Brothers, Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Others described the event as "a ringing success ... a heartwarming, exhilarating adventure up a new street and down a variety of fresh musical byways" and "the 2005 Festival was, if not a grand slam, then a stand-up triple."

The 2005 Festival earned a surplus of approximately $150,000 over direct Festival expenditures, while the 2004 Festival broke even. Increased attendance helped food and beverage sales to soar by 80% and merchandise sales to increase by 20% over the preceding year.

"We welcomed visitors from as far away as Japan and Europe for this year's Festival and we were, of course, happy to see thousands of new faces from across our own metropolitan area," said Alex Parrish, Music Hall's Chairman of the Board.

Parrish credited this year's success to "the expanded Festival venue, the great lineup put together by Frank Malfitano, the addition of some key new staffers such as Terri Pontremoli and Mark Loeb, strong oversight this year by Music Hall's management team and a new steering committee headed by Trustee Sam Thomas, the unwavering commitment of Music Hall's Board of Trustees and staff, over many difficult years, and the great overall improvements that are occurring downtown."

"We also had more and much better food and beverage vendors," said Parrish. "Much of the credit for that goes to Big Boy Restaurants International, which did an outstanding job as our general concessions manager for this year."

The Festival was made possible by a number of generous sponsors, including this year's title sponsor, Mack Avenue Records, as well as the Knight Foundation, Bank One, Absopure, MGM Grand Casino, Greektown Casino and hundreds of volunteers.

The Festival is North America's largest free Jazz event and exemplifies Music Hall's role as a leading forum for Jazz performance and education. Over the years, Music Hall has hosted Jazz legends such as Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Harry Connick, Jr.

Currently, the Music Hall operates the Wynton Marsalis' Jazz for Young People program, which provides Jazz education to hundreds of children throughout the year at various Detroit public schools and Detroit recreation centers.

At the 2005 Festival, Music Hall received a special proclamation from the City of Detroit for its extraordinary efforts to preserve the Detroit International Jazz Festival as a community treasure and national source of pride for all Detroiters.

The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit 501 C 3 corporation.

Source: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
DETROIT, Oct. 6, 2005/PRNewswire/ --

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Paul McCartney Provides First-Ever Live Station Wakeup Music

The International Space Station crew, 220 miles above Earth, will receive a special live musical wakeup call from Paul McCartney Sunday during a first-ever concert linkup.

The wakeup will come from McCartney's "US" Tour performance at the Anaheim, Calif., Arrowhead Pond. McCartney plans to play two songs, "Good Day Sunshine" and "English Tea," for NASA Astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev. This is the first time a live concert will be linked to a U.S. spacecraft.

The call will take place at 12:55 a.m. EST, Sunday, Nov. 13 (9:55 p.m. PST, Nov. 12) as the concert is nearing its end; and McArthur and Tokarev are awakening for the 44th day of their six month mission in space. It will be broadcast live on NASA TV, with video expected of McArthur and Tokarev and audio from both locations.

During his tour, McCartney has paid tribute to the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-114 mission, a flight to the space station last summer. On Aug. 9, the Beatles' classic "Good Day Sunshine" was played as a wakeup call for Discovery's crew because of a favorable weather forecast for landing that morning.

"I was extremely proud to find out that one of my songs was played for the crew of Discovery this summer," McCartney said. "In our concert we hope to repay the favor." McCartney is nearing the end of his 11-week "US" tour.

"Since people were first awakened on the moon by mission control, wakeup songs have been a space tradition to brighten the crew's day and get them off to a great start," said astronaut Eileen Collins, who commanded Discovery. "We're honored that Paul McCartney will be a part of this historic delivery of music for Bill and Valery. It will surely give them a big boost as they continue through their research mission."

McArthur and Tokarev are the 12th crew of the station, which has had a continuous human presence for more than five years. The station has an internal volume larger than an average three-bedroom house and includes the most sophisticated space laboratory ever flown.

NASA TV's Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception.

For digital downlink information for each NASA TV channel and access to NASA TV's Public Channel on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the space station and the crew's mission on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

For more information about McCartney, visit: http://www.paulmccartney.com/

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/home

Source: NASA
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Paula Abdul and DNA Studio Create the 'Cardio Cheer' Phenomenon

'An Exercise Program That Will Make You Stand up and Cheer!!'

Paula Abdul's extraordinary career -- which includes worldwide album sales exceeding 40 million records, two Emmy Awards and her role as the heart and soul of the record breaking television series, "American Idol" -- all began with her days as cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now Paula has created a new fitness sensation -- a high-energy, comprehensive cheerleading and dance fitness program. This series is for the millions of girls of all ages who dream of making their school's cheer squad, improving their dancing, or those who just want to claim a leaner, stronger, more toned body.

Motivated by legendary cheerleaders like Paula and movies like "Bring It On," more than four million students dance, or perform on a cheer squad and millions more are looking for an edge to help them make the team -- or just get in great shape. And millions more adults are always looking to get a leaner, stronger body with an exercise program that is fun, full of energy and that will teach them to get rid of their two left feet.

"Cheerleading is a combination of three things I know -- fitness, dance and music," said co-creator and executive producer Paula Abdul. "I felt that creating Cardio Cheer would be a great way to teach dance, build confidence, help today's kids be healthy in a way that will be welcoming -- not intimidating." Reductions in school programs and extracurricular activities, have greatly limited fitness options. With Cardio Cheer, girls can learn to dance and get in shape at home -- and feel great about going out for their team or squad, attending a school dance or going to a club with confidence.

The first wave in the CARDIO CHEER Movement is FITNESS, a five-disc series that teaches you how to get the body of a professional cheerleader. Working with Century City-based production and marketing company DNA Studio, Paula has brought together a Cheerleading All-Star team, Renee Herlocker and Candice Jones from the Denver Broncos, Traci Swain of the New York Knicks and Lindsay Rosenberg of Los Angeles Clippers, to motivate the next generation of cheerleaders to new levels of fitness. The series will hit December 10th and aspiring cheerleaders will be offered, for the very first time, a package that shares -- and breaks down -- the training techniques, moves, skills and drills of the professionals. It's everything a cheerleader needs to tighten the body, increase flexibility, add punch to jumps and take her performance to new heights.

The second wave of the Cardio Cheer movement -- DANCE -- will hit in Spring 2006. Where FITNESS inspired the body, DANCE sets it free! As choreographer for the Laker Girls and numerous feature films, Paula changed the face of modern cheerleading. Now, along with professional cheerleaders and dancers, she'll bring her legendary moves and innovative teaching techniques right into the living room and gyms of the next generation of cheerleading stars.

The third wave -- CARDIO CHEER MUSIC -- will really turn up the heat in the Summer of 2006. Also known for her multi-platinum, Grammy-winning recording career and such hits as "Straight Up," "Rush, Rush," and "Forever Your Girl," Paula will produce a CD featuring re-mixed performances by top musical artists tailored to be the perfect accompaniment to high energy, high impact, dazzling cheer and dance routines.

On the panel of "American Idol," Paula calls upon her expertise to judge what it takes to be a star for a fortunate few. With the CARDIO CHEER Movement, she uses that expertise to help shape, strengthen and inspire the talent, creativity and confidence that lives in everyone.

Chris Gibbin, DNA Studio COO and executive producer of CARDIO CHEER, says, "Millions of girls are devoted to their cheer squads and to improving their performances, but no one had ever provided them with the complete package to let them know what it really takes to reach their personal best. Now they can hear it straight from Paula and the pros themselves."

Currently in post-production, this inspiring DVD series was shot in HD at the Warner Studios Back Lot. "The neighborhood set," says executive producer Matti Leshem, "is really a tribute to all the homes across America where cheerleading dreams are born."

This complete set will be released this holiday season and sold exclusively by DNA Studio through the web (www.cardiocheer.com) and a dedicated call center at 1-877-24-CHEER.

The Denver Broncos' Candice Jones, one of the series' four stars, agrees. "I only wish that when I was younger there could have been a mentor to give me direction and encouragement. But now, working with Paula on CARDIO CHEER, I get to use my experience to help others reach their goals."

CARDIO CHEER FITNESS DVD SYNOPSIS

Disc One: STRETCH. From her years as a Lakers Girl, Paula Abdul knows that warming up with a great stretch is a key element in achieving an outstanding and injury free cheerleading performance. Together with the Denver Broncos' Candice Jones, Paula gets right to work on flexibility and balance. By lengthening your muscles and targeting your breathing, Candice prepares your body to deal with anything you might throw at it. It's a great routine to do before or after any of the other four workouts.

Disc Two: POWER. Paula and Traci Swain of the New York Knicks put your athleticism to the test with a routine that results in the explosive power in the core that gives cheerleaders their edge -- and great abs! As on all the discs, Paula reveals inside tips that will maximize the effectiveness of your work out and lead to faster results.

Disc Three: MOVES. From the High V and Low V to dagger position and reaches, mastering the moves on this disc, with the help of Paula and Denver Bronco Renee Herlocker, will make your routines sparkle with the assurance of a pro. Renee puts the emphasis on making clean, sharp movements while keeping a smile on your face, essentials for game day, tryouts and competitions.

Disc Four: JUMP. Candice Jones of the Denver Broncos is back, and this time she joins up with Paula armed with a bench and jump rope to put you through a range of physically demanding leg sets. Ramp up those old school jumping-jacks to performance levels and feel the burn. It's time to put some air in your routines.

Disc Five: ENDURANCE. Paula Abdul won't say quit, and after this cardiovascular workout using jump ropes and hand weights, you won't have to either. The leg lifts alone will separate the cheer-hopers from the cheer-leaders, so get ready to go four quarters with Lindsay Rosenberg of Los Angeles Clippers as she guides you through this high energy workout.

About DNA Studio

Founded in 1995 and with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and St. Louis, DNA Studio (www.dnastudio.com) is one of the advertising industry's top production and marketing companies. Their production arm was inaugurated in 2003 and is now producing several exciting titles in the direct DVD business.

Source: DNA Studio
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ --

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Pearl Jam's Self-Titled Album Enters the Chart at Number Two and Sets a Chart Record

#1 Digital Album for the Week

With the Number Two debut of their J Records self-titled new album and first week sales of 279,564 units, Pearl Jam have set a new chart record.

Powered by the #1 Modern Rock hit "World Wide Suicide," "Pearl Jam" is also the #1 selling digital album of the week.

"Pearl Jam" is the band's eighth studio album and every one of those albums has reached the Top Five on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. In the SoundScan era, no other act with as many career studio albums of new material has matched this record. This is also the first time since "Vs." that a Pearl Jam studio release has sold more than its predecessor.

On the eve of the album's release date, several in-store events were organized across the country. In addition, the band kicked off promotion for the album on "Saturday Night Live" on April 15th and appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" week of release.

Hailing the success of the incredible campaign to date, J Records founder and BMG U.S. Chairman Clive Davis notes, "It's always thrilling when art and commerce can co-exist. Often time art doesn't get rewarded like this. The public is responding big time and it's very exciting."

Critics are praising "Pearl Jam": "their best album in years," says Rolling Stone; the work of a group that is "stoked, polished, and raging again," noted The Los Angeles Times; Newsweek calls it, "the most immediate and relevant CD Pearl Jam has done since Vitalogy"; "Now as ever, Pearl Jam takes itself seriously," wrote The New York Times. "But it delivers that seriousness not with the sodden self-importance of rock superstardom, but with the craft and hunger of a band still proving itself on the spot." Following a club show on May 5th at New York's Irving Plaza, Pearl Jam began the first leg of a headlining North American tour with two shows (May 9th-10th) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This portion of the tour will conclude with two shows at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on June 1st and June 3rd. On June 23th, Pearl Jam's U.S. tour resumes at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, culminating in a special "Evening with Pearl Jam" on July 22th at The Gorge in George, Washington.

Since their inception in 1991, Pearl Jam has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, including millions of live bootlegs. The band has released 8 studio records, 2 live records, one double-disc b-sides record, and one double-disc greatest hits record.

SOURCE: J RECORDS

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Pianist, composer and arranger JOHN FLUKER –- who has a string of credits backing such R&B notables as Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Oleta Adams -- has exploded onto the contemporary instrumental music scene with his debut album, THE SOUND OF PEACE, which has held the #1 position on two consecutive national New Age Reporter Top 100 radio airplay charts.

A gentle, flowing musical journey, THE SOUND OF PEACE features Fluker’s piano playing, occasionally solo, but most often with a light synthesizer backing (“I love the sound of strings behind a piano”) on the 14 original compositions, some with tightly-written melodies and others improvisational over a loose structure. The music reflects Fluker’s classical training with hints of his extensive work in the R&B and gospel fields.

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Poison's 20th Anniversary Celebration Continues With Expanded Capitol/EMI Catalog Releases

Poison's Multi-Platinum Albums Look What The Cat Dragged In, Open Up And Say ... Ahh! and Flesh & Blood Remastered With Bonus Tracks in Expanded 20th Anniversary Editions

Poison's '20 Years Of Rock' Tour Tearing Up the Road Through August; In Stores: August 1, 2006

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire/

As Poison raises the roofs of more than 50 concert venues across the U.S. this summer on the band's VH1 Classic and Live Nation-presented "20 Years Of Rock Tour," Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing is preparing for the August 1 reissue of Poison's first three multi-Platinum albums in expanded 20th Anniversary Edition CD packages.

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PRESS STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF HANK WILLIAMS JR. ISSUED BY PUBLICIST

Mr. Hank Williams Jr. voluntarily surrendered himself to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office today, April 4, 2006, without incident.

Mr. Williams continues to stay in Memphis, Tennessee, while his daughter Hilary Williams is treated at The Med Hospital for injuries related to the accident that occurred on March 15, 2006.

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Pretty Ricky Reaches Out to Fans for Next Album Title

Blue Star Entertainment International/Atlantic Group to Release Album This Fall

Blue Star Entertainment International/Atlantic recording group Pretty Ricky have announced plans to hold an exclusive contest for fans to help choose the group's album title for the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2005 release, "BLUESTARS."

The Miami-bred superstars held a live online chat last night for 500 fans, where they surprised fans and announced details of the contest. Fans will have one week to submit ideas to the group via their website, www.prettyricky.com. Once a title is chosen, Pretty Ricky will call the lucky fan to thank him or her. The fan will also receive a liner note credit for their contribution.

Pretty Ricky will release their sophomore album this fall. A large portion of the album was produced by the group's own production team, Bluestar Productions, with a few tracks being produced by Jim Jonsin, Xcel, and Stacic Major.

Pretty Ricky -- rappers Slick 'Em, Baby Blue, and Spectacular, and singer Pleasure -- exploded onto the Florida music scene in late 2004, when "Grind With Me" became the most requested song in the history of Miami radio station Power 96. Subsequently signed to Atlantic by Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman, the group quickly turned into a national sensation.

Under the tutelage of their father, Blue Smith, Pretty Ricky has been performing throughout Florida and the southeast since 1997, earning acclaim for their charismatic style and spectacular stage presence.

By 2002, Pretty Ricky began tasting greater success with their song "Flossin'," which began buzzing on Power 96. The brothers continued grinding and hustling -- writing songs, building relationships with their fans, and doing lots of shows. They have opened for some of hip-hop's heavyweights, including Run-DMC, Lil Jon, Trick Daddy, Trina, and newcomer, fellow Miami comrade Pitbull.

Keeping their entrepreneurial spirit alive, Pretty Ricky's "BLUESTARS" was released by Atlantic in association with the group's own Blue Star Entertainment International imprint.

SOURCE: Atlantic Records

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Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler to Embark on a Solo Tour of the U.S.

New, Self-Titled Album to Be Released on April 18th, 2006

Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler is preparing to hit the road for a thirteen city North American tour to coincide with the release of his upcoming, self-titled solo album. The confirmed dates kickoff in Chicago on March 20th and will include stops in New York City, Seattle, Toronto and Los Angeles before wrapping up in San Diego on April 8th.

Butler is supporting his debut solo effort titled "Richard Butler," which is scheduled to be released on April 18th. It is his first venture into the studio since Love Spit Love's "Trysome Eatone" in 1997.

Although he remains committed to his ongoing work with the Psychedelic Furs, Butler's equally excited to embark on this tour. "I like the idea of going out and doing something more personal and intimate, with maybe just one or two other musicians," he states. "I've never done that, and it's great to have that challenge, instead of having a loud rock band to take the pressure off me."

Here is the full list of Psychedelic Furs concert tour dates:

March 20 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
March 21 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
March 22 Toronto, ONT Lee's Palace
March 24 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
March 25 New York, NY Canal Room
March 26 Philadelphia, PA World Café
March 31 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe
April 1 Portland, OR Dante's
April 3 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
April 4 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
April 6 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
April 7 San Juan Cap, CA Coach House
April 8 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern

About KOCH Records
KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for each of the last five years (2001-2005). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit www.kochrecords.com

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/06/2006 --
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Pop Singer's In-Store CD Signing Appearances Create Pandemonium in Miami, NYC, L.A., and Tokyo

Official Paris Hilton Channel Debuts on YouTube; Is Second Most Viewed Channel of the Week

New: Paris Hilton's New Music Video "Stars Are Blind"

The buzz surrounding the release of Paris Hilton's debut album, "Paris," built to a deafening roar last week, even before the album dropped on August 22nd in the U.S. Press, paparazzi, and fans turned out in droves to greet the heiress-turned-pop star at a series of in-store signing events and CD-release parties in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles. Hilton stayed for hours to sign a CD booklet for every fan who came to meet her and offer congratulations on her album. "Paris" debuted at Number 6 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart and sold over 400,000 copies its first week of release worldwide.

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OutKast Takes Off in 2006 With New IDLEWILD Album to Be Released August 22nd

Lead Starring Roles in IDLEWILD Movie From Universal / HBO Films to Open August 25th

'Mighty O,' first single from IDLEWILD album, boasts Dre and Big Boi rhyming together on same track for the first time since 2000

Album follows up 10-times platinum #1 double-CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below of 2003, with record book #1 hits 'Hey Ya' and 'The Way You Move'

IDLEWILD movie, set in a 1930s Georgia speakeasy, also stars Ving Rhames, Terrence Howard, Patti LaBelle, Malinda Williams, Macy Gray, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (Why Do Fools Fall In Love) and Oscar(R) nominee and Emmy winner Cicely Tyson (Fried Green Tomatoes).

Three years since the release of 5-time Grammy Award-winner OutKast's landmark RIAA diamond-certified #1 double-CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton and Andre '3000' Benjamin return in a BIG way this August with their first appearance together in a motion picture, and the most eagerly anticipated new album of their career, IDLEWILD, set for August 22nd release on LaFace/Zomba Music Group.

"Mighty O," first single from IDLEWILD, finds Dre and Big Boi rhyming together on a track for the first time in six years, since OutKast's triple- platinum CD of 2000, Stankonia. "Mighty O" was co-written by Dre and Big Boi and produced by Organized Noize. A second single, the Big Boi solo track "Morris Brown" (featuring Scar and Sleepy Brown), co-written by Dre and Big Boi and produced by Dre for Slum Drum!, features Eddie Ellis conducting the Morris Brown College Band. Impact dates and radio formats for both tracks will be announced in the weeks ahead.

An old-school (real old school) fusion of swing, blues and hip-hop that is still in its final stages of production as of this writing, early indications are that the IDLEWILD album will also include: "The Train" (featuring Scar and Sleepy Brown), co-written by Dre and Big Boi and produced by Big Boi for Boom Boom Room Productions; "In Your Dreams" (featuring Scar and Janelle Monae, co- written by Dre, produced by Organized Noize); and "Don't Chu Worry 'Bout Me (Idlewild Blues)," written and produced by Dre). Titles are subject to change; the final album sequence will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Three days after the release of the IDLEWILD album, Universal Pictures and HBO Films will open wide with Idlewild, a Mosaic Media Group and Forensic Films Production starring Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin in their first movie together. (They have acted separately, Big Boi in ATL, and Dre in Be Cool and Four Brothers.) Set amidst the backdrop of a 1930s rural Georgia speakeasy known as The Church, the film follows its two lead characters, lifelong friends Percival (Dre), the club's piano player, and Rooster (Big Boi), the club's lead performer and manager, through intersecting stories of love and ambition, in a story fueled by non-stop action, music and showstopping dance numbers.

Idlewild was written and directed by award-winner Bryan Barber (making his feature film debut as a director), a prolific video director over the past four years and close collaborator with OutKast on "Hey Ya," "The Way You Move," "The Whole World," and other clips. Dance sequences were choreographed by legendary three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle.

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below with more than 10 million units sold was a career-defining album that generated three Grammy Awards for the Atlanta-based duo -- including Album Of the Year and Best Rap Album, the first and only time the same album has won both awards. Dre's "Hey Ya" and Big Boi's "The Way You Move" hit the #1 and #2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in mid-January 2004 -- first group since the Beatles 40 years before. Additionally for those songs, it was the first time in Billboard history two different songs by the same group hit #1 on two separate charts: "Hey Ya" on the Hot 100 and "The Way You Move" on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Source: Jive Records

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Nominations and information for the 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards for 2007...

Previous articles:

Winners Announced for the 41st Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS (5/24/06)

Second Round of Performers & Presenters Set for the 41st ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC(R) AWARDS, Country's Night to Shine

Telecast to Air Live From MGM GRAND in Las Vegas Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS Television Network

Kelly Clarkson, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride Set to Perform Along With Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood

Craig Ferguson, Emily Procter and Tony Stewart Set to Present Along With Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw and Kathryn Morris

The Academy of Country Music(R) is announcing that music superstars Kelly Clarkson, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride will perform as part of the 41st ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

The ceremony, which honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from MGM GRAND in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Grammy-winning Kelly Clarkson, will join Rascal Flatts for a special performance. Brooks & Dunn are nominees for Entertainer of the Year, Top Vocal Duo this year and for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year (all for "Believe"). The pair won for Top Vocal Duo at last year's awards; it was their fifth straight victory in the category.

First-time nominee Miranda Lambert is nominated for Top New Female Vocalist and Video of the Year (for "Kerosene"). Martina McBride is nominated for Top Female Vocalist, an award she has previously won three times. She was also awarded the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award recognizing her charitable endeavors in 2003.

Presenting awards at the 41st ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS are Craig Ferguson of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," Emily Procter from "CSI: Miami" and NASCAR great Tony Stewart, who will present the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award to Vince Gill.

These artists and presenters listed above join previously announced 41st ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS performers Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood and previously announced presenters Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw and Kathryn Morris.

The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote, and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,000 professional members and a newly established Associate Membership, is headquartered in Burbank, Calif. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

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 Fran LaMaina.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will be broadcast LIVE from MGM GRAND in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Source: Academy of Country Music
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Nat King Cole CD and DVD Releases and National Television Broadcast Set for May

Cole's Life and Career Explored in New Film, The World of Nat King Cole and New Capitol/EMI CD Collecting His Most Beloved Songs

Definitive Documentary to Debut in May With New Capitol/EMI DVD Collections and National Television Premiere on PBS' 'American Masters' Series

The World Of Nat King Cole DVD and Limited Deluxe Edition DVD/CD - in Stores May 16

New CD Anthology, The Very Best Of Nat King Cole Includes Previously Unreleased Track - in Stores May 2

AMERICAN MASTERS: The World Of Nat King Cole Premieres Nationally May 17 on PBS

Nat King Cole resides near the top of a very short list of the most identifiable and most memorable voices in American music. 41 years after the 1965 release of Cole's Unforgettable and his premature death at the age of 47, a new documentary film, The World Of Nat King Cole, explores his 30-year recording and television career and transformative events in his life.

The film's debut includes DVD and limited edition deluxe DVD/CD packages scheduled for release on May 16 by Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing and a national television premiere on PBS' "American Masters" series on Wednesday, May 17 at 9:00PM ET/PT (check local listings).

On May 2, Capitol/EMI will release The Very Best Of Nat King Cole, a career-spanning single-disc anthology of 28 remastered Cole classics, from his 1940s cuts with his Trio to his 1960s solo singles. The new anthology also includes a previously unreleased version of "Morning Star," as it was originally recorded for the classic film St. Louis Blues.

PBS is airing The World Of Nat King Cole as part of the 20th anniversary season of the acclaimed AMERICAN MASTERS series, which is produced by Thirteen/WNET New York.

To coincide with the PBS premiere broadcast, Capitol/EMI will release an expanded, 90-minute edit of the documentary, plus 30 minutes of bonus footage, on DVD and in a deluxe, limited edition DVD/CD package. The trailer for The World Of Nat King Cole is available for viewing at www.natkingcolemusic.com.

The World Of Nat King Cole completes the portrait of a groundbreaking American icon whose impact continues to surmount the world's cultural and physical boundaries. Featuring a who's-who of music greats and other world-famous entertainment luminaries, the documentary presents a moving portrait of one of the world's most beloved entertainers, shedding new light on Cole's enduring universal appeal and his most pioneering achievements.

Produced by UK-based Double Jab Productions in conjunction with the Cole family's King Cole Productions and Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing, the film includes archival performance and behind the scenes film footage of Cole, as well as inspired and informative interviews with members of the Cole family, Stevie Wonder, film director Baz Luhrmann, B.B. King, Andre 3000 of Outkast, Harry Connick, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Les Paul, Quincy Jones, Eartha Kitt, Isaac Hayes and many more.

In 1942, Nat King Cole was one of the first artists to sign with Capitol Records, and he recorded nearly 700 songs for the label, becoming the first No.1 artist on Billboard's first album chart. During his 30-year recording career, Cole recorded more than 150 charting singles on Billboard's Pop, R&B and Country charts, a staggering record that remains unbroken by any other artist ever signed to Capitol Records, which led to the label becoming known as "The House That Nat Built."

In 1956, Cole also became the first person of color to host his own national network television show, NBC's "Nat King Cole Show." At the time of his death, it was reported that Capitol Records had sold more than nine million Nat King Cole records. Cole's catalog continues to sell in excess of one million albums per year around the world.

Despite his many accomplishments and historical 'firsts' as one of America's most beloved entertainers, Cole and his family endured overt racism close to home as the first African American residents in Los Angeles' Hancock Park neighborhood, and Cole was regularly met with Klan protests at his concert appearances in the South.

The World Of Nat King Cole honors a man who challenged and rose above arbitrary limitations placed on his way of life by others, with grace and fortitude that unified Americans during a divisive time in the country's history.

It is difficult to contemplate a holiday season without the warmth of Nat King Cole's rendition of "The Christmas Song" -- from "Mona Lisa" to "Unforgettable," his songs are incomparable. With annual album sales topping the one million mark around the world, Cole continues to be one of Capitol Records' best-selling artists. Nat King Cole's global success was bolstered by his open embrace of the world's cultures and languages, and many of the songs he recorded with lyrics in different languages became major international hits, including his single "L-O-V-E," sung in Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese.

In January 2005, Nat King Cole made his first return in 40 years to Billboard's Top 50 with the #41 debut of The World Of Nat King Cole CD (Capitol/EMI). Cole's last album to reach the Top 50, Unforgettable, peaked at #30 in 1965.

Interest in Nat King Cole's story only grows as new generations discover his role as an unlikely catalyst in a host of musical and social movements. The arc of Cole's life is a study in success despite adversity, and the triumph of civility, respect and raw talent in equal measure with political, cultural and business savvy.

The Very Best Of Nat King Cole (CD) -- May 2, 2006
Sequence Not Final
1) Straighten Up And Fly Right #9 Pop, #1 R&B, #1 Country (1944)
2) Sweet Lorraine (1945)
3) (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 #11 Pop, #3 R&B (1946)
4) (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons #1 Pop, #3 R&B (1946)
5) What'll I Do? #2 Pop, #8 R&B (1948)
6) Nature Boy #1 Pop, #2 R&B (1948)
7) Mona Lisa #1 Pop, #1 R&B (1950)
8) Unforgettable #12 Pop (1951)
9) Somewhere Along The Way #8 Pop (1952)
10) Walkin' My Baby Back Home #8 Pop (1952)
11) Penthouse Serenade [instrumental] (1952)
12) Can't I? #16 Pop, #7 R&B (1953)
13) Almost Like Being In Love (1953)
14) Smile #10 Pop (1954)
15) A Blossom Fell #2 Pop (1955)
16) Autumn Leaves [French version] (1956)
17) Candy (1956)
18) Ballerina #18 Pop (1957)
19) When I Fall In Love (1957)
20) Stardust (1957)
21) Looking Back #5 Pop, #2 R&B, #27 AC(1958)
22) Let's Face The Music And Dance (1964)
23) I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter) (1961)
24) Let There Be Love (1962)
25) That Sunday, That Summer #12 Pop, #19 R&B, #3 AC (1963)
26) L-O-V-E [multi-lingual version] (2003)
27) I Wish You Love [live at The Sands, LV, 1/14/60] (1960)
28) Morning Star* [original film version from St. Louis Blues] (1958)
*Previously unreleased track


The World Of Nat King Cole (DVD) -- May 16, 2006
The World Of Nat King Cole documentary (90-minute edit) + Extras
DVD extras:
* Full-length performance of "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" by Omara
Portuondo, Imbrahim Ferrer and Roberto Fonesca of the Buena Vista
Social Club)
* Nat and Friends (bonus material!)
* Trailers for films starring Nat King Cole: China Gate and St. Louis
Blues
* Cole's Rhiengold Beer radio jingle
* Nat Behind the Camera (home movies)
* The World of Nat King Cole DVD Trailer
* 40 Ways to Describe Nat King Cole
* Extended Interviews from The World of Nat King Cole
* The Man
* The Style
* The Voice
* The Stories
* The Memories
* The Legacy


The World Of Nat King Cole: Limited Deluxe Edition (expanded DVD/CD) --
May 16, 2006
DVD:
The World Of Nat King Cole documentary (90-minute edit) + DVD Extras + CD
CD tracklist:
1. Smile #10 Pop (1954)
2. It's Only A Paper Moon #5 R&B (1944)
3. Straighten Up And Fly Right #9 Pop, #1 R&B, #1 Country (1944)
4. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 #11 Pop, #3 R&B (1946)
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons #1 Pop, #3 R&B (1946)
6. Nature Boy #1 Pop, #2 R&B (1948)
7. Too Young #1 Pop, #3 R&B (1951)
8. Unforgettable #12 Pop (1951)
9. Walkin' My Baby Back Home #8 Pop (1952)
10. Orange Colored Sky #5 Pop (1950)
11. Send For Me #6 Pop, #1 R&B (1957)
12. A Blossom Fell #2 Pop (1955)
13. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) (1958)
14. On The Street Where You Live (1964) - from "My Fair Lady"
15. Almost Like Being In Love (1953)
16. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup #7 Pop (1955)
17. Mona Lisa #1 Pop, #1 R&B (1950)
18. Ramblin' Rose #2 Pop, #7 R&B, #1 AC (1962)
19. Let There Be Love (1962)
20. L-O-V-E #17 AC (1964)
21. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (1956)
22. Just One Of Those Things (1957)
23. Let's Face The Music And Dance (1964)
24. Day In - Day Out (1964)
25. Thou Swell (live at The Sands) (1965)
26. When I Fall In Love (1957)
27. Unforgettable (virtual duet w/ Natalie Cole) #14 Pop (1991)
28. Stardust (1957)

Source: Capitol/EMI
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 15, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
www.natkingcolemusic.com
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NEMO Music Festival submissions will close this coming MONDAY!

Submissions for this year’s NEMO Music Festival will be closing on Monday, May 15th.

Submissions for showcase consideration are being accepted exclusively through Sonicbids. You can find our Promoter Drop Box at:

www.sonicbids.com/nemomusicfestival

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New Country CD released by Joy Marie Gooodman

Joy Marie Goodman has just release her first pure country CD with Capital Management.

Joy is part Cherokee, sings and plays 12 musical instruments. She loves people and has fun in concert with her fans who love and support her. Joy has a passion for her music and this comes across in concert, CD or video.

Joy's new release, Love is the Foundation is taken from the title song Loretta Lynn sang over 22 years ago. Joy and Loretta share a common heritage, Cherokee, and she has been an inspiration to Joy since childhood. Several of Joy's instruments are featured on this CD along with her singing.

For more information, contact Joy at joygrim@aol.com

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New Dixie Chicks Album, Taking The Long Way, Is a Global Smash

Certified RIAA Platinum in the U.S., 'Taking The Long Way' Crosses Two Million Mark Worldwide

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/

Four weeks after its release on May 23, Taking The Long Way, the highly-acclaimed new album from the Dixie Chicks, has achieved a platinum (for sales of 1,000,000) certification by the RIAA, bringing the group's career total up to 41 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, including two RIAA Diamond Awards.

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With a no-holds-barred headlining arena tour of the U.S. and a series of raucous festival dates in Europe under their belts, Taking Back Sunday have announced they will play a series of Christmas radio shows beginning December 1st in Orlando, Florida.

Taking Back Sunday released their certified gold album, "Louder Now," on Warner Bros. Records on April 23rd. The album skyrocketed to Number Two on Billboard's Top 200 chart a week later, scanning more than 157,000 units, spawning hit single "MakeDamSure," which was a Modern Rock Top 10 record for just under two months.

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Nick Carter Tells Ryan Seacrest - 'Hell No' to Engagement Rumors to Bai Ling

Carter Discloses He is Single and Enjoying it, But Looking for Perfect Girl That Understands His Career Aspirations

Nick Carter called in to Ryan Seacrest from Spain today to clear up the marital rumors between him and Bai Ling. Ling was quoted by publications saying that she was in love and that the two of them are engaged!

A representative from Bai Ling's camp informed Carter's rep that she never said the things that were reported. Carter and Ling are just friends and Nick is dating and most recently he has been linked with a sexy singer from the Atomic Kittens while on his European tour.

Carter says, "We are just friends and I'm dating, but would love to meet a great girl that has her life in order and understands my career goals."

Carter is currently touring with the Backstreet Boys in Europe and writing music to prepare for his projects and working with his production company upon his return to the US.

Source: "it" girl public relations
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ --
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Nick Lachey's Album 'What's Left of Me' Debuts on Billboard Album Chart at #2; Single #1 on AOLMusic.com

Jive Records artist Nick Lachey's current album "What's Left of Me" debuts on the Billboard Top 200 album chart this week at #2 with over 172,000 album sold.

At radio the title track is still going strong. Current chart positions are #14 on the POP R&R charts, #28 on Adult Contemporary Top 40 and #17 Adult Contemporary.

"What's Left of Me" debuted on AOLMusic.com in February. The album debut on the site has been the best performing Full CD Listening Party in last 6 months. This week the song it #1 most played on AOLMusic.com.

In April, MTV presented an anticipated look inside the life of Nick Lachey as he prepared to release his album with the one-hour special, "Nick Lachey: What's Left Of Me." This was followed by the MTV world premiere of Nick's new video "What's Left Of Me" along with an inside look of its production with "Making The Video: Nick Lachey." The video has been in MTV TRL's Top 10 since its debut. This week it is the #1 most played video on the channel.

Recent TV appearances have included Good Morning America, Live With Regis & Kelly, MTV's TRL, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Upcoming TV performances include Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson (5/19), and CBS Early Show (5/26)

"What's Left of Me" consists of 12 tracks, 8 of which were co-written by Nick. Other talent on the album includes Andreas Carlsson (Celine Dion), Anders Bagge (98 Degrees, Madonna) and Dan Muckala (Backstreet Boys).

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Nominations Announced for the 41st Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (R) AWARDS Country Music's Biggest Party of the Year (R)

Rascal Flatts & Carrie Underwood Announced as First Round of Performers for the Show

Telecast to Air Live From MGM GRAND in Las Vegas Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS

Brad Paisley leads with six nominations; Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland receive five nominations each; Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood receive four nominations each; Big & Rich, Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack receive three nominations each

Nominations have been announced for the 41st ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Winners will receive their awards during a star-studded event to be broadcast LIVE from MGM GRAND in Las Vegas. The ceremony, which honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS Television Network.

This morning Brad Paisley led with six nominations, including Top Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year for "Time Well Wasted." In addition Paisley was recognized for Single Record of the Year for "Alcohol," and Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "When I Get Where I'm Going," a duet with Dolly Parton. Paisley has previously won three Academy of Country Music Award honors.

Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland received five nominations each. Brooks & Dunn were nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Top Vocal Duo of the Year and Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Believe." They have previously been awarded 19 Academy of Country Music Awards including the Academy's prestigious Triple Crown Award.

First-time nominees Sugarland received nods for Album of the Year for "Twice the Speed of Life," Top New Duo or Vocal Group of the Year and Top Vocal Group of the Year. They were also recognized in the Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories for "Baby Girl." Jennifer Nettles was also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for "Who Says You Can't Go Home" with Bon Jovi.

The nominees were announced at a press conference held today at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Participating in the press conference was multi-platinum selling group Rascal Flatts along with double-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood, both nominated in four categories each. It was also announced that Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood will be performing on the upcoming show.

Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. 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:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
BROOKS & DUNN
KENNY CHESNEY
TOBY KEITH
RASCAL FLATTS
KEITH URBAN

TOP MALE VOCALIST
DIERKS BENTLEY
KENNY CHESNEY
BRAD PAISLEY
GEORGE STRAIT
KEITH URBAN

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST
SARA EVANS
MARTINA McBRIDE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
GRETCHEN WILSON
LEE ANN WOMACK

TOP VOCAL GROUP
ALABAMA
LITTLE BIG TOWN
LONESTAR
RASCAL FLATTS
SUGARLAND

TOP VOCAL DUO
BIG & RICH
BROOKS & DUNN
MONTGOMERY GENTRY
VAN ZANT
THE WARREN BROTHERS

TOP NEW MALE VOCALIST
JASON ALDEAN
BILLY CURRINGTON
CRAIG MORGAN

TOP NEW FEMALE VOCALIST
MIRANDA LAMBERT
JULIE ROBERTS
CARRIE UNDERWOOD

TOP NEW DUO OR VOCAL GROUP
BIG & RICH
LITTLE BIG TOWN
SUGARLAND

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s) / Producer(s) / Record Company]

"FEELS LIKE TODAY"
RASCAL FLATTS
PRODUCERS: MARK BRIGHT, MARTY WILLIAMS, RASCAL FLATTS
LYRIC STREET RECORDS

"THERE'S MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM"
LEE ANN WOMACK
PRODUCERS: BYRON GALLIMORE, GREG DROMAN
MCA NASHVILLE

"TIME WELL WASTED"
BRAD PAISLEY
PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS
ARISTA

"TOUGH ALL OVER"
GARY ALLAN
PRODUCERS: MARK WRIGHT, GARY ALLAN
MCA NASHVILLE

"TWICE THE SPEED OF LIFE"
SUGARLAND
PRODUCER: GARTH FUNDIS
MERCURY RECORDS

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

"ALCOHOL"
BRAD PAISLEY
PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS
ARISTA

"BABY GIRL"
SUGARLAND
PRODUCER: GARTH FUNDIS
MERCURY RECORDS

"BELIEVE"
BROOKS & DUNN
PRODUCERS: TONY BROWN, RONNIE DUNN, KIX BROOKS
ARISTA

"BEST I EVER HAD"
GARY ALLAN
PRODUCERS: MARK WRIGHT, GARY ALLAN
MCA NASHVILLE

"JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL"
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
PRODUCER: MARK BRIGHT
ARISTA

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

"BABY GIRL"
WRITERS: KRISTIAN BUSH (BMI), KRISTEN HALL (ASCAP),
JENNIFER NETTLES (ASCAP), LISA SIMONTON (ASCAP), ROBERT HARTLEY (ASCAP),
TROY BIESER (ASCAP)
DIRKPIT MUSIC (BMI), GREATERGOOD SONGS (ASCAP), JENNIFER NETTLES
PUBLISHING (ASCAP), TELEGRAMMUSIC (ASCAP), DRUMBUM MUSIC (ASCAP), TREMOLO
BLUE (ASCAP), THE WORLD ASLEEP (ASCAP), SIMONTON MUSIC (ASCAP)
SUGARLAND

"BELIEVE"
WRITERS: RONNIE DUNN (BMI), CRAIG WISEMAN (ASCAP)
SONY / ATV TREE PUBLISHING CO. (BMI), SHOWBILLY MUSIC (BMI), BIG LOUD
SHIRT INDUSTRIES (ASCAP)
BROOKS & DUNN

"JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL"
WRITERS: BRETT JAMES (ASCAP), HILLARY LINDSEY (ASCAP),
GORDON SAMPSON (SOCAN)
SONY / ATV CROSS KEYS PUBLISHING (ASCAP), ONALY MUSIC / RAYLENE MUSIC
(ASCAP), NO SUCH MUSIC (SOCAN), PASSING STRANGER MUSIC (ASCAP),
1609 SONGS (ASCAP), MUSIC OF WINDSWEPT (ASCAP)
CARRIE UNDERWOOD

"SKIN (SARABETH)"
WRITERS: DOUG JOHNSON (BMI), JOE HENRY (ASCAP)
COOL HAND MUSIC 2004 (ASCAP), MIKE CURB MUSIC / SWEET RADICAL MUSIC
(BMI) ADMIN BY MIKE CURB MUSIC C/O KAREN SCHAUBEN PUBLISHING
ADMINISTRATION
RASCAL FLATTS

"WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING"
WRITERS: RIVERS RUTHERFORD (ASCAP), GEORGE TEREN (BMI)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC CORP. (ASCAP), MEMPHERSFIELD MUSIC (ASCAP), HOUSE OF FULL
CIRCLE MUSIC PUBLISHING (BMI)
BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

"AS GOOD AS I ONCE WAS"
PRODUCER: MARK KALBFELD
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL SALOMAN
ARTIST: TOBY KEITH

"BELIEVE"
PRODUCER: STEVE LAMAR
DIRECTOR: ROBERT DEATON, GEORGE FLANIGEN
ARTISTS: BROOKS & DUNN

"I MAY HATE MYSELF IN THE MORNING"
PRODUCER: IVY DANE
DIRECTOR: TREY FANJOY
ARTIST: LEE ANN WOMACK

"KEROSENE"
PRODUCER: HOLLY MILLAR
DIRECTOR: TREY FANJOY
ARTIST: MIRANDA LAMBERT

"WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING"
PRODUCERS: MARK KALBFELD, PETER TILDEN
DIRECTOR: JIM SHEA
ARTISTS: BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

"I PLAY CHICKEN WITH THE TRAIN"
COWBOY TROY AND BIG & RICH
PRODUCERS: JOHN RICH, BIG KENNY, PAUL WORLEY
WARNER BROS. RECORDS / RAYBAW

"LIKE WE NEVER LOVED AT ALL"
FAITH HILL WITH TIM McGRAW
PRODUCERS: DANN HUFF, FAITH HILL
WARNER BROS. RECORDS

"WHEN I GET WHERE I'M GOING"
BRAD PAISLEY AND DOLLY PARTON
PRODUCERS: CHRIS DuBOIS, FRANK ROGERS
ARISTA

"WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME"
JENNIFER NETTLES AND BON JOVI
PRODUCERS: JOHN SHANKS, JON BON JOVI, RICHIE SAMBORA, DANN HUFF
THE ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP



The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote, and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,000 professional members and a newly established Associate Membership, is headquartered in Burbank, Calif. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

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 Fran LaMaina.

Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will be broadcast LIVE on CBS Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Source: The Academy of Country Music
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 8 /PRNewswire/ --
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Queens Of The Stone Age to Release New First Ever Concert DVD /Live Album On November 22nd

Bonuses Include Brand New Songs, Special Guest Appearances, Unreleased Acoustic Songs and Exclusive Behind the Scenes Footage

With three critically-acclaimed albums for Interscope under their belts, countless bottles of booze in their bellies and legions of hardcore fans coming out to their infamously debaucherous live shows night after night, it's fair to say that the Queens Of The Stone Age are very much a real rock and roll band.

Simply put, they do what real rock and roll bands do. They play loud and drink hard and write albums full of emotionally charged rock songs that keep you coming back for repeated listens after you've been knocked flat on your ass the first time you hear them. Don't get it twisted though -- like the greats who came before them, they're not afraid to write a gloriously delicate acoustic ballad here and there either.

They also tour, a lot. And so, being the sort of classically-minded dudes that they are, the Queens Of The Stone Age will be releasing a feature length concert DVD/live album called "Over The Years and Through The Woods" on November 22nd.

The live album, which features all the crucial Queens hits from their studio albums, also includes the brand new track "Fun Machine" as well as "Make It Wit Chu", a previously unreleased gem from singer Josh Homme's fabled Desert Sessions, an ongoing series of collaborative songwriting and recording sessions where marquee musicians such as PJ Harvey and Deen Ween are invited down to his studio Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California to join him in collectively exploring new musical terrain.

You can think of "Over The Years" as a "to go" version of the Queens' decibel-happy shows, but that really won't be doing the three and a half hours of live, rare and acoustic performances and behind the scenes footage of the band and their pals like Dave Grohl, Mark Lanegan, Billy Gibbons and former Queens bassist Nick Olivieri making fools of themselves, justice.

It might help to think of "Over The Years" as a 21st century version of Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same" for the volume of its material or even "A Hard Day's Night" for its willingness to show the Queens having a laugh, but they'd rather you see and hear it for what it really is -- the definitive encapsulation of the band and their music from their not so humble beginnings to their current status as one of the rock's biggest and most dynamic acts.

Included in the concert footage from the band's sold out Brixton Academy and Koko shows in London last summer are live favorites from "Rated R" and "Songs for the Deaf" such as "No One Knows". "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" and "Go With The Flow" as well as new Queens classics from their latest album "Lullabies To Paralyze" like the smash single "Little Sister" and their most recent bombshell, "Burn The Witch". In addition to the three-plus hours of live and uncut Queens mayhem, "Over The Years" also boasts 75 minutes of audio bliss that covers all the bases Queens fans need to get the rush of their favorite songs performed live and loud shot directly into their homes.

While Sir Homme and the rest of the Queens can't provide you with all the things that the group's live shows are infamous for (that would be illegal and very hard to fit into a plastic box), with "Over The Years" they've given you all that they've got. Naturally, it all rocks. And isn't that why you just had to get down with them in the first place?

Following the multi-platinum success of "Songs For The Deaf" and the top ten single "No One Knows", the Queens of the Stone Age played the main stage at the Leeds Festival and performed live on the David Letterman Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live. They are currently on tour with Nine Inch Nails and have recently written on their website www.qotsa.com that they will be playing a series of unannounced guerilla gigs at small venues across the country in the months to come. Their current album, "Lullabies To Paralyze", has sold over 300,000 copies and is expected to appear on many critics' top ten lists for 2005.

Source: Interscope Records
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Multi-Platinum, No. 1 R&B/Hip Hop Artist, Songwriter Ciara to an Exclusive, Worldwide Publishing Deal

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), in a highly competitive situation, announced today the signing of Multi-Platinum Superstar, Ciara, to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

On the heels of the signing, it was also announced that Hip-hop ingenue Ciara lead the VIBE Awards for the most nominations, including artist of the year, for which she competed against UMPG artist/writers Mariah Carey and 50 Cent , among others. Ciara received the 'Coolest Collabo' award for her new CD "Oh" featuring UMPG's Ludacris.

At 19 years old, Ciara, an Atlanta native has established herself as R&B's hottest triple threat: Singer, Songwriter and Entertainer. Ciara burst onto the scene in 2004 with the never-gonna-get-it single "Goodies" and the debut album of the same name from Sho'Nuff/LaFace/Zomba Label Group which quickly went to No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

Currently riding the Multi-Platinum wave with three #1 singles and a current Top 10 single, "And I" to keep her a float, Ciara's 2.7 million plus records has launched her into a world of music, movies and more!

The scene-stealing songstress has been recognized throughout the year with over 30 notable nominations and awards including MTV Video Awards, Billboard Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Soul Train Awards, Lady of Soul Awards, World Music Awards and as the most nominated artist at the BET Awards. Additionally, Ciara's surmounting recognition has secured her performances at top music events, which include the recent Much Music Awards, BET Awards, VH1 Hip Hop Honors and the upcoming Billboard Awards.

UMPG's Director of Urban Music, East Coast, Ethiopia Habtemariam, has long been watching Ciara grow and develop as an artist, "Ciara has become the most sought after entertainer of 2005 earning the respect of her peers and veterans in the industry. I am so thrilled that Ciara has chosen UMPG as her publishing home. She is truly an industry leader and we welcome her to the UMPG family."

"I am pleased to have signed with Universal Music Publishing Group," said Ciara. "David Renzer and his dedicated team continue to take the world's top songwriters to tremendous levels of success with their proven track record. I am thankful for the opportunity and look forward to working closely with the team."

Managed by Phillana Williams, SVP Marketing at sister label, Island Def Jam Music Group, Ciara joins UMPG's successful R&B/Hip-Hop roster, which includes 50 Cent, G-Unit, Ice Cube, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Amerie, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Printz Board, amongst others. Ciara was previously administered through Noon Time/HitCo.

About Universal Music Publishing Group

With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations. Owning or administering more than 1 million copyrights, UMPG's writers and catalogues include: U2, Shania Twain, Ja Rule, Prince, Diana Krall, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Vanessa Carlton, Mary J. Blige, The Corrs, Eve, Musiq, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, No Doubt, Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, The Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Fatboy Slim, DMX, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, the catalogue of Henry Mancini, among many others. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.

Source: Universal Music Publishing Group
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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The original line-up of beloved, Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band R.E.M. -- vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry -- has been selected as a 2007 nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors legendary performers who have made rock and roll a cultural force for decades.

To be eligible for nomination, performers must have released their first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination. Formed in Athens, GA, in 1980, R.E.M. released its debut single "Radio Free Europe" in 1981, which despite the fact that only 1,000 copies were pressed, topped the Village Voice's year-end poll of Best Independent Singles.

It was followed by an EP, the jangling "Chronic Town," in 1982, and the critically acclaimed full-length "Murmur" in 1983, which Rolling Stone named Album of the Year -- an impressive feat for an unknown college band.

R.E.M. went on to release 12 more studio albums and sell more than 70 million albums, making them one of the most critically and commercially successful bands of all time. In addition to topping the charts with 1991's "Out of Time," 1992's "Automatic For the People," 1994's "Monster," and 1996's "New Adventures in Hi-Fi," R.E.M. has racked up three Grammy Awards, countless hit singles including "Losing My Religion," "The One I Love," "Everybody Hurts," "Man on the Moon," "Drive," and "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?," six Rolling Stone covers, numerous MTV Video Music Awards, and a host of humanitarian awards.

They have performed benefit concerts for Moveon.org, Live 8, Make Trade Fair, Vote For Change, and the Bridge School, among many others. Throughout their 26-year career, R.E.M. has served as an inspiration for a generation of alternative rock bands; last year they were named CMJ's most influential band of the past 25 years.

Of the nine finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame, R.E.M. is the only newly eligible nominee. More than 500 voters, including other musicians, past inductees, industry executives, and music journalists, will select five of the nine nominated artists for induction. The winners will be announced in January, followed by the annual ceremony in New York City on March 12, 2007.

Stipe, Mills, and Buck will return to the studio early next year to begin recording a new album, their first since 2004's "Around the Sun."

SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

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Sammy Hagar and His Celebrity Friends Celebrate His Birthday at Annual Cabo Wabo Cantina Bash 2005

Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony (The Other Half of Van Halen) and other surprise celebrity guests join in the birthday celebration

The two week long birthday event for Sammy Hagar concludes with the ultimate Birthday Bash. Sammy and the Wabos as well as Michael Anthony and surprise celebrity guests perform at Sammy's infamous Cabo Wabo Cantina, located on Calle Guerrero in downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sammy Hagar's Birthday Bash is an annual event at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas. Last year, 1500 fans slept on the streets in front of the Cantina waiting for a chance to get wristbands admitting them to the festivities. Local Cabo San Lucas merchants welcomed and catered to the large crowd which has been gathering for this year's events as well.

The series of annual events started on October 1st when the winners of the annual band stand off "A Shot at the Cabo Wabo," opened for Sammy and The Wabos at the Cantina. The party continues for two weeks featuring shows every other day leading up to the big Birthday Bash.

About Cabo Wabo

The Cabo Wabo Cantina was founded in 1990 by rock legend Sammy Hagar. Cabo Wabo embodies his unique lifestyle of "beach by day, party by night" and his love of the Mexican culture. The Cabo Wabo Enterprises includes the two world famous Cabo Wabo Cantinas (Cabo San Lucas and South Lake Tahoe, Nevada) and a line of premium, authentic Mexican tequilas.

PRNewswire -- Oct. 7, 2005
Source: Rogers and Cowan on behalf of Sammy Hagar
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John Lennon's 25th Anniversary is Top Story of 2005, and Sapphire Recording Continues its Tribute

‘Imagine’ tops Britan’s favorite song survey, and MSNBC rates the 25th Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death as their reader’s top story 2005. Sapphire Recording continues its 25th year Tribute to John Lennon with a free Download on January 1st and 2nd, 2006 of their latest release of a flautist’s improvisations on ‘Imagine’

The story of John Lennon has touched the deepest nerve in the collective psyche of 2005. The awareness seems to have struck home that 25 years have past since John sang among us, ‘slept in’ with us, and walked the streets of New York like a regular guy. His genius shines brighter than ever.

MSNBC.com's 25 Top Rated stories of 2005 rates Remembering John Lennon (“Dateline,” Nov. 14) as the number one reader-rated story of 2005, and Scots.com of the British Isles has just voted Imagine as their nation’s number one song.

In acknowledgement of the ongoing love and interest in John Lennon and his song ‘Imagine’, Sapphire Recording continues to celebrate the life and music of John Lennon on January 1st and 2nd 2006 by offering a free download of the first movement, ‘Imagine’ from their new compact disc, "Imagine: A Flute Serenade."

John Lennon’s music is continually reborn as a cultural touchstone, but few modern musical interpretations of his melodies have been attempted. To fill this need, Sapphire Recording is releasing "Imagine: A Flute Serenade" by Michael Rose, which incorporates Lennon's "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance" into an instrumental tribute. And on the opening days of January 2006, visitors to www.SapphireRecording.com can download the complete twelve minutes of the 1st movement, ‘Imagine’, for free.

Taking a cue from the ethereal piano introduction of John Lennon's original recording of "Imagine," Michael's flute spontaneously weaves peaceful, meditative and moving improvisations on the melody and chorus of the song. His music has been called "ambient," even "New Age," and fans have used it for meditation, relaxation, highway traveling, as well as background music for massage.

This unusual musical composition is a complete Serenade based on John Lennon's Imagine and other famous songs for peace. This is a completely instrumental collection, woven with spontaneous flute improvisations on these themes with powerful backgrounds of piano, synthesizer, tambura and tables. The form is actual classical with distinctive related movements, and repetitions and variations on the various themes in each movement. The second movement (Larghetto) is This Land based on the ubiquitous Woody Guthrie song along with its Russian equivalent, Meadowlands. The Third movement (Trio/Scherzo) takes off on the melody of John Denver?s Calypso and other sea songs by Gordon Bok. The last movement (Andante) is a world music rendition of Give Peace a Chance With tablas providing rhythms that move seamlessly from 4/4 to 5/4 to 7/8 calling forth a dreamlike state. One can almost imagine Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar sitting in on the performance. And instead of the standard modulations from key to key, this serenade modulates through all seven modes of the ancient Greek scales.

To hear short clips of each of the movements of the Serenade, or for a free dowload of the 1st movement,'Imagine', go to: http://www.sapphirerecording.com/music.html

While the basic outline of each piece was conceptually composed by Michael Rose, he spontaneously recorded the actual melodic and improvisational flute parts without notes or written music. Sapphire Recordings invites the listener to become a co-creator of peace while listening these melodies. As the liner notes to the CD say, "Let your own listening be a way to bring love, healing, and energy to the planet. It's one small way for you to help the world to give peace a chance."

The theme of Sapphire Recording is:
Music for Meditation, Music for Dreaming, Music to Open Your Heart

Soon to be released will be Amazing Grace, another flute serenade that soars from the traditional Appalachian melody to eastern European chants and hymns from India. And for children, there?s Doggie in the Window, a collection of flute instrumental lullabies "for babies, puppies, and sleepy mommies and daddies." Michael Rose recorded amazing Grace live at an Earth Healing concert, and his Doggie in the Window has even been used on subliminal tapes for dogs.

About the artist, Michael Rose
Flautist Michael Rose began learning flute at the age of 9 from his father. By the time he was 13 he was studying with Arthur Goldring, who had played under the great conductor Toscannini. Michael also learned recorder from Arnold Grayson in Coconut Grove, Florida. At New College he studied jazz with the legendary jazz trombonist, Buster Cooper, and also took lessons from North Indian Classical music virtuoso , Roop Verma. He remembers the first Beatle's releases in the USA and the screaming girls, as well as the rumbling of "A Day in the Life" from Sgt. Pepper knocking him off his feet.

When John Lennon's first album came out, he remembers dancing with his friends in the fields of Canada singing, "One thing you can?t hide is when you?re crippled inside." A serious student of music theory and world music, Michael Rose uses all of his background to create a complete cycle of unique improvisations in the Flute Serenade, Imagine. Michael?s artistic philosophy is summed up by his favorite poet, William Carlos Williams who said, 'I believe in the power of beauty to right all wrongs.'

Album Description
Features flute, piano, synthesizer and percussion as flautist Michael Rose weaves spontaneous improvisations on Imagine, and other peaceful tunes. Completely instrumental, the melodies give rise to inspiration, meditation, and relaxation.

This unusual piece of music is a complete Serenade based on John Lennon?s Imagine and other famous songs for peace. This instrumental collection is woven by spontaneous mprovisations on these themes. The form is actual classical with distinctive related movements, and repetitions and variations on the various themes in each movement. While the basic structure was composed by Michael Rose, the actual melodic and improvisational flute lines were spontaneously recorded in the studio. Become a co-creator of peace as you hear these melodies and your own listening adds energy to Give Peace a Chance.

IMAGINE-Allegro non troppo(John Lennon, Lenono Music BMI) The melody begins gracefully and creates elaborate structures from the musical ideas that flow from the song. Then, as if it naturally belongs there, Pachebel?s Canon in D major enters with gentle syncopation in a way that has never been played before. Then seamlessly it merges back into Imagine, which evolves into an upbeat and optimistic ending.

THIS LAND-Larghetto(Woody Guthrie, Ludlow Music BMI) The famous folk melody by Woody Guthrie intertwines with the Equivalent Russian folk tune, Meadowlands. Auto harp and guitar back up this slow movement that is grounding and thoughtful.

CALYPSO-Trio/Scherzo(John Denver, Cherry Lane Music ASCAP) and (Gordon Bok, Timberland Music BMI) This John Denver song in praise of the oceanographic vessel Calypso starts simply and ends with overlays of three flute tracks. The melody takes breaks with haunting tunes by sea singer Gordon Bok, and the whole piece floats in a arenthesis of seagulls calling.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE-Andante(Lennon and McCartney Sony/ATV Tunes LLC/Beatles ASCAP) Tabla drums keep time as the flute changes from standard 4/4 time to 6/8 then 7/8 and even 9/8 as a crescendo builds into a prayerful chant. The flute does a virtual cadenza on the melody that lifts the soul higher and higher, where we touch the truth that peace is not just a time to hope for, but a state of being.

Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) January 1, 2006 –

Listen to Michael Rose music samples from the album:

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Sean Paul Nominated for His Second Straight Grammy for Record-Breaking Album "The Trinity"

Sean Paul has been nominated for Best Reggae Album for his history-making album "The Trinity" (VP/Atlantic), NARAS announced today. This marks the second time in as many albums that Sean Paul has nabbed the honor of the Recording Academy for his groundbreaking, signature blend of reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop.

From Boston -- where he is currently on tour in support of "The Trinity" -- the King of Dancehall says, "I feel honored to be nominated for the second time and humbled to be in a category with such talented and great artists, and I wish everyone good luck! It's so powerful for reggae music to have newer generation artists like Damian, Shaggy, and myself representing alongside legends like Burning Spear and Third World!"

"The Trinity" set a sales record for reggae music earlier this year when it sold over 107,000 units in its first week. It has gone on to sell over 346,000 in the US and additional 775,000 copies around the world in just two months, putting it on track to best 2003's 6x-platinum "Dutty Rock," which earned Sean Paul his first Grammy.

Like "Dutty Rock," "The Trinity" is fueled by great songs that make people want to get up and move. Blaring out of every radio and every club, first single "We Be Burnin'" flew up the Billboard Charts to #6 on the Hot 100 Chart and continues to dominate after more than two months of airplay. The second single is sure to be a scorcher as well -- the video for "Temperature" received its premiere this week on MTV2 with a half-hour special, and is already playing on radio and in clubs.

Named "The Trinity" because it is Sean Paul's third album (second with Atlantic), three years in the making, and made entirely in the "Third World," the new album is already on pace to best "Dutty Rock," which transformed the music scene and brought authentic Jamaican dancehall reggae from an underground phenomenon to the mainstream of popular music around the globe, winning Sean Paul his first Grammy in the process.

Sean Paul is currently on the first leg of his "The Trinity World Tour," which will come to Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, IL; and Atlantic City, NJ in the coming week.

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/08/2005 --

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Secret Machines Announces Spring U.S. Tour

New York City Band Hits the Road in Support of New CD "Ten Silver Drops"

Band to Appear on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on April 25 and "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" on May 3

Propulsive rock trio Secret Machines will set out on a spring tour in support of its self-produced second album "Ten Silver Drops," which will be released on April 25th.

The tour begins with a students-only show on April 21st at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and continues through May in the U.S. In June, the band heads off to Europe for five dates in Germany, as well to appear at the Music in My Head Festival in Holland and the Download Festival in Donnington, England. They will return to the States to perform on August 4th at the legendary Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, and Queens of the Stone Age. Secret Machines will finish up the tour in Japan with two dates at the Summer Sonic Festival.

Secret Machines -- brothers Brandon and Ben Curtis and Josh Garza -- will make several other promotional appearances in the coming weeks, including performing at two CD-release parties for "Ten Silver Drops" -- one already sold-out show in New York on April 26 and the other in Los Angeles on May 4. Both shows will feature unique theater-in-the-round staging. The band will also make special acoustic in-store appearances at the Virgin Megastore in New York City's Union Square on April 27th and at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles on May 2nd.

The band will perform their new single "Lightning Blue Eyes" on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on April 25th, and on CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" with Nic Harcourt on May 3rd.

Secret Machines upcoming U.S. tour dates and special engagements are as follows:
April

21st Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Mellon University (closed to the public)
22nd Nashville, TN Vanderbilt University
24th Ft. Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum
26th New York City Hiro Ballroom
27th New York City In-store at Virgin Megastore, Union Square

May

2nd Los Angeles In-store at Amoeba Music
4th Los Angeles El Rey Theatre
6th San Francisco The Independent
7th Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
8th Seattle, WA Neumos
12th Minneapolis First Avenue
13th Chicago Metro
14th Detroit Magic Bag
28th Philadelphia Jam On the River Festival

August

3rd Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
4th Chicago Lollapalooza Festival
5th Lawrence, KS Bleeding Kansas Festival

www.thesecretmachines.com

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Shakira U.S. Arena Tour Kicks Off With a Technology Boost From Verizon Wireless

'Oral Fixation' Tour Will Hit 23 Cities; Fans to Receive Mobile Invitations and Tickets on Their Verizon Wireless Phones

Bringing one of the world's hottest artist to the stage, Verizon Wireless today announced it will be presenting Shakira's "Oral Fixation" North American tour this summer and leveraging wireless technology to ensure her fans have a unique concert experience. The "Oral Fixation" North American tour begins on August 9 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX and culminates on September 25 with a performance at the Dodge Arena in McCallen, TX.

In a music and wireless industry first, Shakira will send a multimedia personal video invitation customized to each city she goes to, inviting her fans to come hear her play in their local arena. Fans with Verizon Wireless phones will have the option to text or click through to purchase and win tickets. Some Shakira concertgoers will receive a multimedia message barcode ticket sent to their Verizon Wireless phones. When they arrive at the concert, the wireless bar code tickets will be scanned to get them into the show.

Fans will also help Shakira determine what songs she performs on the tour. Verizon Wireless customers will be able to text which favorite Shakira songs they feel should be played on the "Oral Fixation" tour. Several lucky winners will get the opportunity to go backstage and see what the "Oral Fixation" tour looks like behind-the-scenes.

In a career that spans nearly a decade and has seen more than 33 million albums sold worldwide, singer/songwriter, five-time GRAMMY(R) winner Shakira is without a doubt one of the most galvanizing live performers onstage today. The Colombian-born Shakira is well known for her energetic live rock shows, which feature her band and the kind of hi-tech stage production that is without rival among contemporary performers.

Energized by her Top Ten hit "Hips Don't Lie," which debuted exclusively on the Verizon Wireless V CAST service, Oral Fixation Vol. 2 is firmly planted in the Top Ten of the album charts and has already sold well over a million copies in the United States alone. With "Hips Don't Lie," Verizon Wireless and Shakira made mobile music history with the simultaneous world premiere of the full-length song, music video, ring tone, ring back tone, wallpaper and behind-the-scenes footage of the video shoot for the single prior to it being available in stores or at Web retailers.

"As an artist, I am always looking for new creative mediums," said Shakira. "The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives me a unique platform to offer different musical expressions that fans can access instantaneously through their mobile phones."

Shakira is also known for using wireless technology to reach her fans. She was among the first music artists to introduce exclusive content to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers last year. To ensure that as many fans as possible can participate in the "Oral Fixation" tour, Shakira and Verizon Wireless are taking their relationship to the next level by bringing unprecedented interactivity between Shakira and her fans.

"Verizon Wireless has been an industry leader when it comes to extending the wireless experience beyond voice. A music fan today can use a Verizon Wireless phone to download ring tones, ring back tones, wallpaper and now tickets to their favorite rock concert," said John Harrobin, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. "Wireless technology and phones are now an integral part of the concert experience, and Shakira recognizes it is a phenomenal way to connect directly with fans."

"Verizon Wireless is really at the forefront of the mobile music matrix. They have been a collaborator in effectively launching two new Shakira albums in two languages this year," said Ceci Kurzman, Shakira's manager. "Their multimedia offerings allow us to have a completely integrated business model that supports all the forms of music we can offer."

To keep up to date with Shakira's latest music, fans can continue to download her full-length songs, ring tones, ring back tones and music videos to their Verizon Wireless phones through the company's V CAST service. For more information on V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless, please visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/music.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. 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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Source: Verizon Wireless
BEDMINSTER, N.J., and NEW YORK, April 28, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --

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Sharon Stone Charity Song is a Hit With Over 2,500 Downloaders at iTunes in First Week

Katrina Song 'Come Together Now' Continues to Make People Respond to the Needs of Hurricane Victims

Hollywood icon Sharon Stone's latest venture, the charity single "Come Together Now," made available via iTunes on October 17th, set a new record as more than 2,500 people downloaded the single within its first week of release. Stone co-wrote the single with Grammy-nominated songwriter and philanthropist Denise Rich and multi-platinum producers/songwriters Mark Feist and Damon Sharp.

Many of today's most successful international recording artists donated their vocals for the charity single by recording their individual parts of the song. Celebrities who participated in the collaboration include: The Game, Jesse McCartney, Aaron Carter, Nick Carter, Chingy, Natalie Cole, Gavin DeGraw, Celine Dion, Anthony Hamilton, Wyclef Jean, JoJo, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Kimberley Locke, Brian McKnight, AJ McLean, Mya, Stacie Orrico, Kelly Price, Lee Ryan, Angie Stone, Joss Stone, and Ruben Studdard.

Stone, Rich and the team are dedicated to not letting people forget the needs of the hurricane victims just because it's not at the forefront of the news. They are dedicating time and resources to making this song successful. In regards to keeping the victims needs in mind...

Stone said, "I want there to be heroes again and these people that donated their time on the song are heroes to me."

Rich said, "Even if this goes away from the news media for a while and you don't hear about it. People don't stop caring because it is going to take years to rebuild these people's lives."

Celine Dion said, "When we were asked to be part of this song, it meant that we still need to help. We want people to talk about it. We don't want people to forget about this. Children are still looking for their parents. We don't want this to be forgotten."

The song, which is being distributed by the New York independent label "785 Records," will be released as a CD single on Tuesday, November 29th. 100% of proceeds from the single will benefit victims of the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated our Nation. Proceeds will be split between two charities; Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by building houses together in partnership with families in need and Angels Place, which provides homes for children (and their families) diagnosed with a life-threatening illness which was destroyed by the hurricane and must be rebuilt.

"Come Together Now," originally inspired by the Tsunami tragedy, is the first major all-star collaboration for charity since "We Are The World," which was released over 20 years ago. The lyrics convey a universal theme that promotes unity in times of adversity and encourages people to reach out with compassion and understanding. This inspirational song blends R&B, Rap, Pop & A/C with a soulful melody that is sure to be sung across the world.

Source: Mark Feist
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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Sheryl Crow Confirms More Shows in 2006

Sheryl Will Take Her Proven Package Featuring Her Band and the David Campbell String Section Out for Another Four Dates in 2006

Shery Crow Tour Schedule 2006:

26th Jan Fox Theater, Detroit - On Sale Dec 9

27th Jan Riverside Theater Milwaukee - On Sale Dec 12

28th Jan Auditorium Theater Chicago - On Sale Dec 10

29th Jan Ryman Auditorium, Nashville - On Sale Dec 10

Tickets Available Thru Ticketmaster at: www.Ticketmaster.com

Citing the success of raising a total of $50,000 for UNICEF on the October Tour Sheryl is happy retain the services of the VIP ticket packaging company I Love All Access (www.iloveallaccess.com) who will provide VIP ticket packages to these shows.

Packages include premium seating, an opportunity to attend Sheryl's soundcheck, pre-show parties and exclusive gifts. Again Sheryl will donate 100% of her proceeds from the sale of the VIP packages to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF programs that provide lifesaving assistance to children caught in humanitarian emergencies.

To order packages, go to www.sherylcrow.com or www.iloveallaccess.com

Founded in 1946, UNICEF helps save, protect and improve the lives of children

in 157 countries through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority. For more information about UNICEF or to make a donation, please visit www.unicefusa.org or call 1-800-4UNICEF.

Source: Interscope Records
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Produced by Dave Cobb, Shooter Jennings and the .357's Live At Irving Plaza 4.18.06 was recorded earlier this year in New York City. It features 10 songs from his live set including ones from his debut release, Put The O Back In Country as well as his sophomore album, Electric Rodeo, released earlier this year.

The Dallas Morning News calls Shooter Jennings' live show a "scorching, Southern rocking set that comes fast and furious." For the first time, this same intensity has been captured live and is set to be released October 10 on Universal Records South.

This album captures the live performance, raw and real, he delivers to fans every night. Performing over 250 dates a year, Shooter gains new fans and continues to graduate to larger venues.

After taking a short break from the road to portray his late father, Waylon Jennings, in the Oscar-winning film, "Walk the Line," Jennings headed back out on the road in support of Electric Rodeo.

Along the way, he performed on the "Late Show with David Letterman," where Paul Shaffer joined in on the performance playing keys on "Gone to Carolina," and also made his second appearance on the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

Shooter can be heard every week on Shooter Jennings' Electric Rodeo airing Saturdays 6 pm - 8 pm ET on SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 63, Outlaw Country. The show is repeated on Sundays from 10 pm to 12 midnight ET.

For additional information on Shooter Jennings, visit www.shooterjennings.com.

Track Listing:

1. Intro By Little Steven

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Ryuichi Sakamoto to Release 'Bricolages' Remix Project

"Bricolages" features remixes from Cornelius, Craig Armstrong, Richard Devine Fennesz, Alva Noto and many more.

Academy and Grammy award-winning composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto returned to his electropop roots with the 2005 release of his 15th solo project, Chasm. Now Sakamoto has turned the files over to 13 electronic artists for their stunning take on this critically acclaimed release.

"Bricolages" is the first Ryuichi Sakamoto Remix Project Since ‘98’s critically acclaimed "Prayer" / "Salavation & Anger" / "Grief Series." "Bricolages" features new interpretations of tracks by previous Sakamoto collaborators including Cornelius, Fennesz, and Alva Noto, and marks the first work with artists like Craig Armstrong, Richard Devine, Rob da Bank and Slicker.

Sakamoto has made a career of crossing musical and technological boundaries and has experimented with, and excelled in, many different musical styles, making a name for himself in popular, orchestral, and film music. With Chasm Sakamoto set out to combine the many sides of his complex musical personality, "My music has been acoustic or electronic, classical or non-classical, somehow always divided largely into two types. My own goal for a long time has been to somehow fuse these into one music rather than juxtaposing them. I feel that this time, with Chasm, I’ve gotten the closest to resolving the issue," Sakamoto says.

Sakamoto's best-known work is probably the soundtrack to "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," but in 1987, his score for Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" won him an Oscar, a Grammy, a Golden Globe, as well as the New York, Los Angeles and British Film Critics Association awards for best original soundtrack.

"Bricolages" was Executive Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto in association with Norika Sora(sky), Evan Balmer, Justin Kleinfeld and Eric Giambertone.

"Bricolages" track listing:

1. "War&Peace" (AOKI Takamasa Remix)

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 RON KAPLAN

SALOON: THE RON KAPLAN *
WEBER IAGO ALBUM

Singer Ron Kaplan keeps the flame burning brightly to illuminate jazz standards, the Great American Songbook and the classic sound of singers of the Fifties. 

On his fifth album, SALOON, he boils his sound down to the intimate essence of simply his voice backed by acoustic pianist Weber Iago as they freshly arrange and stroll through a delightful set of standards.

The epitome of a "saloon singer," Kaplan has a rich, warm voice that goes down like the finest whiskey.  People have congregated in saloons for hundreds of years to relax, unwind, have a drink, find companionship and listen to entertainers, most often a piano player and a singer. 

Although a studio recording, SALOON, subtitled THE RON KAPLAN * WEBER IAGO ALBUM, captures that wonderful warmth and intimacy of a classy barroom with a tiny stage that features a small group performing jazzy showtunes and standards.

Ron Kaplan's SALOON and his other CDs are available at online sites (such as cdbaby.com, towerrecords.com), digital download locations (including iTunes.com, rhapsody.com) and Kaplan's own ronkaplan.com.

In addition to his career as a concert performer and recording artist, Kaplan also is the founder and executive director of The American Songbook Preservation Society, a non-profit organization whose mission statement is: "To preserve our cultural treasure known as the Great American Songbook by performing this music at home and abroad as Ambassadors of Song."  For more information, go to greatamericansongbook.org.  "The Great American Songbook is full of what is known as popular standards -- great songs written generally between 1920 and 1960, most often for Broadway shows or Hollywood musical films, but sometimes simply in the Tin Pan Alley tradition of pianists and lyricists working together to create quality material for the big bands or the pop singers of the day."

From his toddler-days onward, Kaplan's parents indoctrinated him with the great singers of 1950s.  His earliest influences were Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Dean Martin, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., and Louis Armstrong among others.  Although Kaplan went through his folk, rock and instrumental-jazz stages, he returned about a decade ago to his first love, those songbook standards, and began his recording career with a style reminiscent of those great jazz vocalists he first heard as a child. 

"When you are working within any musical genre, the most difficult thing is to find your own voice," explains Kaplan.  "I have had to purposely avoid Sinatra's phrasing, for example, to force myself to develop my own style.  The other key is that I choose material that moves me, that means something special to me, that I can relate to.  That way I can get to the heart of the song and truly inhabit it."

In the past few years Kaplan has performed in Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.  He has made television appearances on "Musician's Weekly" and "BETonJazz."  He has played with musicians such as pianists Shelly Berg, Smith Dobson, Geoff Eales, Tom Garvin, Mark Levine and Jessica Williams; guitarist Larry Scala; bassists Art Davis, Stan Poplin and Tom Warrington; horn-players Paul Contos, Ted Curson, Kenny Stahl, Dmitri Matheny and Donny McCaslin Jr.; and drummers Dan Brubeck, Donald Dean, Tootie Heath, Peppe Merolla and Matt Wilson.  Critics have praised Kaplan's sophisticated phrasing, tone and diction.

Kaplan's previous albums featured him singing standards while fronting jazz combos.  HIGH STANDARDS had piano, bass and drums as well as two sax players.  On LOUNGING AROUND, Kaplan worked with a guitarist instead of a pianist and on some tracks used organ and flugelhorn.  DEDICATED again featured piano, but utilized three saxophones as well as flugelhorn, flute and some strings.  On JAZZ AMBASSADORS, Kaplan pared it down to simply piano, bass and drums.  Now on SALOON, he went a step further, back to the classic sound of one voice co-mingling with the elegance of an acoustic piano.

"My original inspiration for SALOON was THE TONY BENNETT-BILL EVANS ALBUM from 1975.  I always loved the simplicity of the concept, but also the magical interplay between the voice and the keys.  In this setting the singer is right up front, right in the listener’s ears where they can hear every lyric and every nuance."

For SALOON, Ron chose songs near-and-dear to his heart.  He begins with Duke Ellington's "I'm Just a Lucky So and So." 

"This is my theme song.  I live in Santa Cruz, California, a medium-sized town where I see many people I know when I walk down the street.  This tune reminds me to always appreciate what I have."  Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year" follows those same sentiments. 

"I've always liked this song, but I didn't want to record it until I was mature enough.  It's best to have some strong life experiences under your belt when you sing certain songs so you can project the deep feelings they call up." 

Kaplan covers three classic George Gershwin tunes, the first a medley of "'S Wonderful/I Got Rhythm" followed by "Nice Work If You Can Get It."  "I picked two Antonio Jobim numbers, 'Desafinado' and 'Agua de Beber,' because Weber Iago is from Brazil.  A lot of singers have done 'Willow Weep For Me' through the years, but I always especially liked Louis Armstrong's version with the Oscar Peterson Trio.  I also slipped in 'Alfie,' the theme from the original film in the mid-Sixties, because I have had an affinity for this song since high school."  The recording ends on a nod back to Tony Bennett with the tune "Who Can I Turn To," which is about "being true to yourself, and taking a leap of faith."

Ron collaborated with Brazilian pianist Weber Iago (pronounced ee-ah-go) because "I thought it would be an unusual pairing since Weber plays with a Latin-influenced style.  His sense of rhythm is very creative." 

According to Iago, "I truly believe that artists should always worry less about what their music will be called and more about what it really is.  The big picture is true expression." 

After moving to the United States, Iago formed the jazz group Zen Blend which opened for Herbie Hancock and Dianne Reeves.  Iago served as the musical director for the Tamba Trio and recorded with guitarist Romero Lubambo.  Weber also has performed with Brazilian singers Marcia Maria and Claudia Villela, and with Keith Underwood, Jeff Linsky, Kenny Stahl, George Young, Celia Malheiros and Ali Ryerson.

Kaplan was born in Hollywood and was immediately surrounded by music.  His father played trumpet in jazz-bands in the Fifties and his mother had the radio or record player on constantly.  Ron played drums and percussion at school.  In junior and senior high schools he sang in musical stage productions, did standup comedy at talent shows and his uncle's bar, and competed in speech tournaments ("sometimes it was extemporaneous speaking which is sort of like jazz soloing").  Ron studied in an actor's workshop in Hollywood, and then went to Los Angeles' Valley College where he got his Associate in Arts degree. 

He taught himself to play guitar and piano, and started writing songs influenced by Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Cat Stevens.  Ron also performed original material professionally accompanied by a viola player.  In addition, Kaplan learned to play congas at Venice Beach and later played in drum circles every Sunday for a number of years in Griffith Park.  Kaplan moved north to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz where he majored in psychology and received his Bachelor of Arts degree.

From 1985 to 1995, Kaplan decided to immerse himself in instrumental jazz and began listening to classic material from 1950 to 1964 – Miles Davis John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Wayne Shorter and countless others. 

"One of my psychology classes delved into life's regrets, ambitions and possibilities.  It struck me that what I wanted to do most in life was to sing.  So when I was 41-years-old I started singing professionally again."  Kaplan was mentored by pianist Smith Dobson and performed every Tuesday night for several years with him.  Kaplan also has frequently sung for the past eight years with Don McCaslin, Sr. and his two groups, Warmth and The Jazz Geezers.

As to the future, Kaplan says, "I am deeply committed to performing these great standards and doing what I can to keep this music alive and viable for new generations of listeners."

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ROCK LEGENDS LYNYRD SKYNYRD CANCEL SHOWS

BAND FORCED TO CANCEL DUE TO SINGER’S APPENDIX SURGERY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is with great disappointment that legendary rock outfit Lynyrd Skynyrd announce further changes in their touring plans. Johnny Van Zant is currently undergoing emergency surgery to have his appendix removed at Stanford Medical Center. His post-operative rehabilitation will prevent him from performing for the next 7 days.

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RCA Music Group Artists Earn 28 Nominations for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards

Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters and The Luther Vandross Tribute So Amazing

Each Earn Five Nominations

Four Nominations for Fantasia Two Nominations Each for Kelly Clarkson and Mario

J Records artist Alicia Keys and RCA Records group Foo Fighters collected five nominations each-including Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Rock Album -- in the 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominations announced today in New York.

The various artists album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross also gathered five nominations. Artists, songs and recordings from the RCA Music Group earned a total of 28 nominations.

Unplugged by J Records artist and nine-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys garnered four nominations including Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for the track "Unbreakable" (written by Garry Glenn, Alicia Keys, Harold Lily, and Kanye West), and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the track "If I Was Your Woman."

A fifth nomination, for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, went to "If This World Were Mine" by Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul, from the J Records album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.

RCA Records group Foo Fighters and their platinum album In Your Honor earned five nominations including Best Rock Album, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (for the track "Virginia Moon" featuring Norah Jones), Best Rock Performance by A Duo or Group with Vocal (for the track "Best Of You"), Best Rock Song (for "Best of You," written by Foo Fighters), and Best Surround Sound Album.

Songs and artists from So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross received five nominations including "Creepin'" by Jamie Foxx and "Superstar" by Usher for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and "A House Is Not A Home" by Aretha Franklin for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

Two tracks, "So Amazing" by Beyonce & Stevie Wonder and "If This World Were Mine" by Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul, were nominated for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. The J Records album was released in September 2005 and set a Billboard record, with the highest chart debut and the most units sold in its first week for any tribute album in Nielson SoundScan history.

Recordings by J Records artist Fantasia earned four nominations including Best R&B Album for her album Free Yourself, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the track "Summertime," and Best Female R&B Performance for the title track "Free Yourself."

In addition, "Free Yourself" (written by Craig Brockman, Missy Elliott, and Nisan Stewart) was nominated for Best R&B Song. Fantasia's Free Yourself has sold more than 1.7 million units in the US to date; earlier this year, she became the first female artist to place three songs in the Top Five of the Adult R&B Chart.

Breakaway, the 4X platinum album by RCA Records artist Kelly Clarkson, was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and the song "Since U Been Gone" was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Kelly's album just celebrated its first anniversary on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and has appeared in the top 20 every week since its debut.

The J Records album Turning Point earned first-time Grammy nominations for Mario. His sophomore album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album, while the track "Let Me Love You" was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Last year, Rod Stewart won the first Grammy Award of his career for the #1 album Stardust...The Great American Songbook Volume III. This year, the singer is nominated again for Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Thanks For the Memory...The Great American Songbook Volume IV. It is his fifteenth career Grammy Award nomination and his fourth consecutive nomination for albums in the Songbook series, which has sold more than 13 million units worldwide.

Winners of last year's Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Octone/J Records rock band Maroon 5 picked up a nomination for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "This Love," from their album Live -- Friday The 13th.

"World On Fire" by Arista recording artist Sarah McLachlan received a nomination for Best Short Form Music Video (directed by Sophie Muller). "Square One," a track written and performed by Tom Petty on the RCA/Vinyl Films soundtrack Elizabethtown, was nominated for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Montana -- A Love Story by Windham Hill pianist George Winston was nominated for Best New Age Album, a category previously won by the artist in 1995. The Chieftains, three-time winners of the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, are nominated once again in this category for their RCA Victor release Live From Dublin -- A Tribute to Derek Bell.

The RCA Music Group congratulates several of its artists for their participation in nominated recordings by other artists. Jamie Foxx is featured with Kanye West on the track "Gold Digger," nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance.

Christina Aguilera is featured on "A Song For You" by Herbie Hancock from his album Possibilities, nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds) is nominated for Best R&B Song as a co-writer of the track "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey, from her album The Emancipation of Mimi.

Further congratulations are due to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who are nominated for Producer(s) Of The Year for their work on the songs "Dance with My Father" and "Never Too Much" from So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the CBS network from 8:00 - 11:30 p.m. (ET) in high-definition HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound.

Source: RCA Music Group
NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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RCA Music Group Artists Win and Wow at the 33rd Annual American Music Awards

Kelly Clarkson Wins Two AMAs for 'Adult Contemporary Favorite Artist' and 'Artist of the Year - the T-Mobile Text in Award'

Santana, Eurythmics and Sarah McLachlan Receive Standing Ovations for Stellar Performances

RCA Music Group artists Kelly Clarkson, Carlos Santana, Eurythmics and Sarah McLachlan made their marks as winners and performers at last night's 33rd Annual American Music Awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.

RCA Records' artist Kelly Clarkson won two AMAs for "Adult Contemporary Favorite Artist" and "Artist of Year -- The T-Mobile Text In Award," a special award selected by fans who voted for the past month and throughout the live telecast on ABC.com and via their T-Mobile phones.

Beating out competition including Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Green Day, Toby Keith and Gwen Stefani for "Artist of the Year" is proof positive why Kelly Clarkson's album, Breakaway, is an international smash-hit with critical acclaim, and nearing quadruple platinum sales in the states, and 5.5 million albums worldwide. The album also spawned an astounding four #1 hits including "Breakaway," "Since You've Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and "Because of You," making Kelly the undisputed champion of the Top 40 charts for 2005.

The show's highlights included performances by Arista Records' artists Carlos Santana, Eurythmics and Sarah McLachlan, all whom received standing ovations.

Santana's performance of "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" with Los Lonely Boys from his current album All That I Am, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's 200 album chart, elicited cheers from the audience when he broke into a guitar solo. Eurythmics graced the stage with their new single "I've Got A Life" and then a medley of their chart-topping hits -- "Missionary Man" and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" -- all which are featured on their current cd, Eurythmics Ultimate Collection. Sarah McLachlan joined one of her musical influences Cyndi Lauper for a classic rendition of Lauper's hit "Time After Time."

Pop/R&B crooner Babyface was also a part of the AMAs as he presented the most outstanding and memorable moments from previous AMAs during the Kay Jewelers Diamond Lounge segment.

Source: RCA
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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RCA Music Group's American Idols Dominate Holiday Album Chart

Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Kelly Clarkson All Top Ten This Week

Fantasia, Sees Sales Boosted by Four Grammy Nominations, Clay Aiken Christmas Album Soars Past Platinum

Three "American Idols" -- exclusive recording artists of the RCA Music Group -- dominate the Billboard Top 200 this week, taking three places in the Top Ten on the last chart before Christmas.

Some Hearts, the 19 Recordings/Arista Records debut album by 2005 "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood, moves from Number 5 to Number 2 on the chart with more than 271,000 units sold. Some Hearts was certified platinum within just five weeks of its November 15, 2005 release -- beginning with a record-setting 314,000 units in its first week -- and is expected to reach 1.5 Million copies by January 1, 2006. Carrie's smash single "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day" won the Billboard Award for Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year.

"American Idol" Season 4 finalist Bo Bice enters the chart this week with his 19 Recordings/ RCA Records debut album The Real Thing at Number 4, with more than 226,000 albums sold.

In 2002, Kelly Clarkson emerged as the winner of the very first "American Idol" competition. Now more than a year after its initial release, Kelly's 19 Recordings/RCA Records album Breakaway moves back into the Top 10 to Number 8, with more than 180,000 units sold. Breakaway has remained in the Top 20 since its release on November 30, 2004, for a total of for 55 consecutive weeks, a feat that hasn't been replicated in more than 5 years. Certified 4X platinum in the US, with 4 million units sold over the counter and well over 7 million copies sold worldwide, Breakaway is poised to become the year's third best- selling album. It contains four No. 1 singles including "Since U Been Gone," which has sold over one million digital downloads and is nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in the 48th annual Grammy Awards -- just as Breakaway is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

2004 "American Idol" winner Fantasia continues to win fans and gain the respect of her peers with her best-selling 19 Recordings/J Records debut album Free Yourself.

Released November 23, 2004, Free Yourself is approaching the double platinum mark thanks to its multiple hit tracks, including the record-breaking No. 1 single "I Believe." Fantasia's recordings have earned four Grammy Award nominations including Best R&B Album (Free Yourself) Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("Summertime"), Best Female R&B Performance ("Free Yourself"), and Best R&B Song ("Free Yourself").

As Idol Clay Aiken works on a brand new album expected this spring, his Christmas album Merry Christmas With Love recently soared past the million unit mark. Clay recently completed a very successful holiday tour.

Source: RCA Music Group
NEW YORK, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ --

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New Red Hot Chili Peppers North American Tour and New Double Album

RHCP 125x125After a four year hiatus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with a new double album, Stadium Arcadium, and an upcoming North American tour.

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Regis Philbin Rings in the Holidays With New CD Collection of Christmas Favorites

Whether you've been naughty or nice, Santa just might bring you a special treat at holiday time: "The Regis Philbin Christmas Album," an all-new Hollywood Records collection of holiday favorites performed by one of America's most beloved TV icons.

The 12-track set features Regis on vocals along with guests like Steve Tyrell (who also produced the album), Regis' wife Joy, and even the Donald himself: Donald Trump, who teams with Regis in a sensational version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." "The Regis Philbin Christmas Album" arrived in stores September 27.

Regis made his Hollywood Records recording debut last year with "When You're Smiling," a collection of American pop standards and his first new recording in 36 years. Now the popular star of "Live with Regis and Kelly" returns with a set of beloved songs of the season. The package also includes Philbin family Christmas snapshots taken over the years, and a delightful essay from Regis recalling his favorite holiday memories.

Tracks on the CD include Irving Berlin's "White Christmas, "Marshmallow World" (sung with Steve Tyrell), "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" (featuring Donald Trump), "Winter Wonderland," "Silver Bells," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," Mel Torme's 'The Christmas Song," " Let It Snow," "Where Do We Go For Christmas," and a pair of duets Regis sings with his wife Joy, "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

Regis Philbin has been a TV star for decades, but the New York native has also been performing in his own musical nightclub act since 1967. Regis began his live touring opening for the likes of Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Tony Bennett and Don Rickles. Whether TV talk show host, nightclub performer or recording artist, Regis Philbin has always been a star for all seasons.

Source: Hollywood Records
BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 4, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Relive 'Dave Chappelle's Block Party'; Soundtrack in Stores March 14th!

Features Music From Erykah Badu, The Roots, Jill Scott, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, and the Exclusive New Track 'Born & Raised' From Black Star

A historic day in Brooklyn, the party of a lifetime -- the idea behind the "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" film was simple; America's hottest comedian, Dave Chappelle, went to his small hometown in Ohio to pass out golden tickets, inviting people of all races and ages to join him, his friends and the people of New York for a comedy and musical extravaganza featuring all of the superstar comedian's favorite artists.

The celebration caught on film by Academy Award-wining director Michael Gondry turned out to be one of the most important events in music history; the film blends Dave Chappelle's signature style of comedy with performances by today's most progressive urban artists.

The film is already accruing rave reviews; Vibe hails it "incredibly important" and GQ labels it "blissful perfection," while Elle affirms "it makes you feel ridiculously hopeful for the human race".

The CD is equally as vibrant and vital. "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" soundtrack is being released on Geffen Records on March 14th and is executive produced by Corey Smith (Blacksmith Music) & Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (The Roots). Boasting the music of chart-topping and critically acclaimed superstars like Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap, the "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" soundtrack is a sonic celebration of music and comedy, history and community.

"Dave Chappelle's Block Party" Track Listing:
1. Hip Hop - Dead Prez
2. Definition - Black Star
3. Golden - Jill Scott
4. Universal Magnetic - Mos Def
5. The Blast - Talib Kweli feat. Erykah Badu
6. The Light - Common featuring Erykah Badu & Bilal
7. Boom! - The Roots featuring Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap
8. Back In The Day - Erykah Badu
9. The Way - Jill Scott
10. Umi Says - Mos Def
11. You Got Me - The Roots feat. Erykah Badu & Jill Scott
12. Born & Raised In Brooklyn - Blackstar

* The soundtrack also contains hilariously funny interludes featuring snippets of conversations between Dave Chappelle and various people.

Source: Geffen Records
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 10, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
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Ringtones Provide Fashion Statement for Women

When it comes to ringtones, the battle of the sexes continues. While ringtones are universally popular with both males and females, females tend to purchase them more, according to a recent study by M:Metrics.

The measurement firm reports that 11.6 million American females downloaded a ringtone in August compared to 9.9 million American males. There’s also a difference in the genre of music that the sexes prefer. Females purchased 66% of the pop ringtones sold and 65% of the country ringtones sold. Not surprisingly, males dominate in the testosterone-laden world of heavy metal and hard rock ringtones where males purchase 68% of such ringtones.

The findings are not a surprise to Anthony Wayne who publishes the Cool Ringtones Blog (www.coolringtones.blogspot.com). “Males were the early adopters of ringtone technology, but now ringtone providers are seeing their largest orders being placed by females who want to accessorize their cell phones the same way that they accessorize their outfits. Ringtones provide personalization and a fashion statement to females and allow males to project their masculinity to those around them.”

The most popular kind of ringtones is rap ringtones; 6.7 million Americans downloaded a rap ringtone in a recent month. The next most popular categories are rock or alternative ringtones, pop ringtones, TV/movie/game theme ringtones, and classic rock ringtones. Rounding out the top 10 ringtone genres are country ringtones, hard rock and heavy metal ringtones, voice ringtones, oldies ringtones, and dance or electronic ringtones.

“Ringtones are all about making a personal statement of who you are, especially in the teen and young adult demographics,” said Wayne. And 22 million Americans are making personal statements every month.

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Rob Thomas Returns to North American Concert Trail; Canada-U.S. Run Begins March 7th; "Ever The Same" Hits Top 5 at Hot AC Radio; "Tonight Show" Set

Melisma/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas returns to the North American concert trail next month for a string of headlining dates across Canada and the northern U.S. This latest leg of Thomas' global itinerary is slated to kick off on March 7th in Burlington, Vermont and wrap up on April 4th in Calgary, Alberta [see attached itinerary]. Thomas embarked on his first full-scale solo tour of North America this past fall, crossing the country on a two-month SRO trek which ran from October through early December.

The upcoming North American itinerary will follow a two-week swing across Australia, where Thomas' debut solo album, "...SOMETHING TO BE," hit #1 and has been certified double platinum. Thomas will play nine sold-out arena shows Down Under between February 13th and the 25th.

The #1, RIAA platinum "...SOMETHING TO BE" is now in its 40th week on The Billboard 200. Thomas is up for two Grammy Awards at this week's ceremony in Los Angeles, including "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" for his #1 radio smash, "Lonely No More," and "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance" for the album's second hit single, "This Is How A Heart Breaks." "...SOMETHING TO BE" recently won a Groovevolt Award for Best Male Album in the Pop category. Over 700,000 fans cast votes for the third annual Groovevolt Music and Fashion Awards.

The album's third consecutive smash, "Ever The Same," hits the top five this week on the national Hot AC charts, and has hit the top ten on VH1's "Top Twenty Countdown." Thomas will perform "Ever The Same" live February 9th on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

"...SOMETHING TO BE" made chart history upon its release in April 2005. The set entered The Billboard 200 album chart at #1, marking the first time that a male artist from a rock or pop group has debuted at #1 with their first solo album since Billboard introduced the chart 50 years ago. In addition, "...SOMETHING TO BE" was the first album released exclusively as a DualDisc to hit #1. It is now approaching 3 million in global sales, while "Lonely No More" has hit #1 in 15 countries around the world.

ROB THOMAS "Something To Be" Tour 2006

North America March - April

March
7 Burlington, VT Memorial Auditorium
8 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium at City Hall
10 Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum
11 Saint John, NB Harbour Station
12 Halifax, NS Metro Centre
14 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
15 Ottawa, ON Corel Centre
19 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place Theatre
23 Duluth, MN DECC Auditorium
24 Sioux City, IA Orpheum
26 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
27 Boise, ID The Idaho Center
28 Spokane, WA Spokane Opera House
30 Victoria, BC Save-On Foods Memorial Centre
31 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

April
1 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
3 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud.
4 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Aud.

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/06/2006 --
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Singer Harry Connick Jr. Testifies Before Senate Finance Committee About Hurricane Relief and Recovery

Honorary chair of Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery urges government to right the wrongs and provide for affordable housing

New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. urged the government to involve local communities and provide the means to rebuild his hometown and the Gulf region in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee today.

"There are more than 300,000 families in the Gulf region that lost their homes and are waiting for peace of mind," said Connick. "The hurricane exposed the sad reality of poverty in America. We saw, in all its horrific detail, the vulnerabilities of living in inadequate housing and the heartbreak of losing one's home. There are many ways the government can help right these wrongs."

Connick was invited to speak at the committee hearing on the Future of the Gulf Coast as a native of New Orleans and as honorary chair of Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery, a three-part program to provide assistance and rebuilding opportunities in the aftermath of hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

The program will help Habitat affiliates restore some level of service following the disasters and serve as a catalyst with other organizations, governments, corporations, foundations, etc., to bring people together to ensure affordable housing and recovery on a scale Habitat alone is not unable to provide.

With the support of volunteers across the United States and donors from around the world, Habitat's Operation Home Delivery is also constructing house frames in communities throughout the country and shipping the components and other necessary construction materials to hurricane-affected areas in the Gulf region where families, volunteers and builders help rebuild the homes.

A total of 65 houses were framed last week in New York, Los Angeles and Mississippi and transported to the Gulf region. Connick was on hand to help rebuild one of the first houses in Slidell, La., earlier this week.

"Working with Habitat for Humanity as the honorary chair of Operation Home Delivery provides me an avenue to channel this incredible sadness that has devoured my soul," he said. "This program is getting people back into homes, back on their feet and on with their lives."

Connick offered three suggestions to the committee to help the region rebuild in a positive and sustainable way. First, ensure that the people of the region are given priority in the rebuilding jobs and provide training to help them be effective and restore their dignity.

Second, involve the communities in the rebuilding decisions that will affect their lives. "It would only compound the suffering that has already gone on to see homes, parks, schools and all the other elements of the city rebuilt without the meaningful voice of its citizens at the table," he said. And third, ensure the rebuilding effort includes enough lower cost homes and apartments for the tens of thousands of New Orleaneans with limited income who want to go home.

"The need for affordable housing in the Gulf Coast and New Orleans is tremendous. Even before the storms, much of the affected area already suffered from a lack of decent, affordable housing," said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. "Habitat is committed to working alongside the affected communities to help rebuild and restore their diversity and vibrancy. But a truly successful rebuilding effort will require government, corporations and nonprofit organizations working together to bring this region back to life."

As honorary chair of Operation Home Delivery, Connick represents and speaks for the program and encourages citizens, organizations, churches, foundations, governments and others to get involved. In addition, Connick has been helping with the actual construction of some of the homes and recently completed a public service announcement for Habitat to help raise funds for the rebuilding effort.

"I come to you with hope," he told the committee. "I have no doubt that the government of this great nation will work with its people to lead New Orleans and the Gulf Coast back to an enlightened, proud, safe part of the world. I implore you to make it right, to make us proud."

For more information about 'Operation Home Delivery,' people can visit Habitat's Web site, www.habitat.org, where they can also sign up to receive more information or to volunteer - providing information about skills and experience - when conditions allow for volunteers to help rebuild. People can also donate to Habitat's work in the Katrina-impacted areas on the Web site or by calling 1-800-422-4828.

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

Source: Habitat for Humanity International
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ --
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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 www.genesis-music.com.

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 www.genesis-music.com.

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ROBIN GIBB, MATT PINFIELD, LYFE JENNINGS, JESSE HARRIS AND TEAIRRA MARI JUDGE LENNON CONTEST

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 www.jlsc.com, where a complete set of rules can be found, and through www.sonicbids.com , 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 MusiciansFriend.com. 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, musiciansfriend.com, 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."

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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

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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.

Source: Wildflower Records
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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

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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.

(PRWEB) September 20, 2005 --
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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

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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.”

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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: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070118/NYTH063 ) 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 www.lonelygirl15.com.

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.

For more information on Katharine McPhee go to: www.rcarecords.com or http://www.katharinemcphee.com or www.myspace.com/katharinemcphee.

SOURCE RCA Records

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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 http://www.shopjlo.com/ Quepasa.com, Quepasa, and the Quepasa.com logo are registered trademarks of Quepasa.com Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries.

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

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

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Jay-Z Strikes Back at POWERHOUSE 2005: OPERATION TAKEOVER

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 http://www.ticketmaster.com/ 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 http://www.power1051fm.com/

Source: Power 105.1
NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ --

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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 http://www.volocars.com/ or call (815) 385-3644 for more information.

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

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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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HANK WILLIAMS JR. JOINS CMT/MTV/VH1 HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF SHOW SEPTEMBER 10TH FROM NASHVILLE

(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,

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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 http://www.uso.org/.

Source: USO
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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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 Rockstar.msn.com 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 http://rockstar.msn.com/ , 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.

Rockstar.msn.com 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.

Rockstar.msn.com 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 http://rockstar.msn.com/ 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
stylist.

Beginning July 18, visitors to http://rockstar.msn.com/ 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 http://rockstar.msn.com/ .

"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.

REDMOND, Wash., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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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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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 www.VH1.com.

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 www.vh1classic.com.

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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

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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'

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/ --

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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.

For more information about ONE, International White Band Day, or Live 8 visit www.one.org and www.live8live.com

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MICHAEL BRITT GUESTS ON WHEEL OF FORTUNE’S COUNTRY STARS WEEK (FEB 12 – 16) TO PLAY FOR ADOPTAPLATOON.ORG

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.
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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 http://www.redcross.org/ 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/ --
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DIERKS BENTLEY, BIG KENNY OF BIG & RICH, JOSH GRACIN, HEARTLAND, CRAIG MORGAN, AND MORE TO PARTICIPATE IN ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® 4th ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE HOSTED BY MONTGOMERY GENTRY ON SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2007 IN LAS VEGAS

4TH annual motorcycle ride TO BENEFIT THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ® CHARITABLE FUND COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST RIDE

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 www.acmcountry.com. 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.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

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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 http://www.nataliegrant.com/ or http://www.thehomefoundation.org/

Source: Curb Records
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 13, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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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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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.

Please visit us at http://www.mosleymusicgroup.net/

Source: Mosley Music Group

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Nemo Music Festival September 29-October 2nd, 2005

CONFERENCE UPDATES
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!

PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED:

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 www.nemoboston.com for all showcase performer
updates.

2005 PANELS CONFIRMED
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, Groupietunes.com, 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 www.nemoboston.com

NEMO SHOWCASE SCHEDULE NOW UP AT www.nemoboston.com

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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/ --
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NEW DANZIG DVD - "Il Demonio Nera" ­ TO BE RELEASED

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)

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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, mtv.com and vh1.com, 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/ --
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More Talent Announced for 'CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party' on the ABC Television Network

Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina, Dolly Parton and The Grascals, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood Added To Special, Which Airs Aug. 2

Heart-tugging stories and riveting musical performances are the heart and soul of summer's hottest special "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party," which airs Tuesday, Aug. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"The special aims to capture it all -- the unique interaction and admiration between the artists and their fans and knock-you-to-your-knees performances by some of our format's most compelling stars," said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson.

Added to the list of performers on the special are Dierks Bentley ("How Am I Doin'?"); Sara Evans ("Perfect"); Jo Dee Messina ("My Give A Damn's Busted"); Dolly Parton and The Grascals ("Viva Las Vegas"); Sugarland ("Something More"); CMA's reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Keith Urban ("Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me"); and Trisha Yearwood ("Georgia Rain").

Several of today's top hit makers are already scheduled to perform including Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy ("Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)"); Alan Jackson ("Where I Come From"); Rascal Flatts ("Fast Cars and Freedom"); and Gretchen Wilson, who will perform the network television debut of her single "All Jacked Up." More artists will be announced soon.

CMA Music Festival is about more than the music. For 34 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 9-12 during the Festival, a four-day love fest attended by more than 145,000 Country Music enthusiasts from around the world.

In one segment during the special, a group of five young musical prodigies from Texas, California and Florida get to meet and perform with two of their musical heroes. Hosted by Kix Brooks, of super duo Brooks & Dunn, he puts the aspiring impresarios through their paces before introducing them to Ricky Skaggs and legendary Earl Scruggs.

"I was listening to him on my iPod on the way over," exclaimed fiddle player Christian, 13, of California.

"Being a banjo player, it's pretty incredible to be playing for the master," added Corey, 15, of Florida.

The music masters, including Brooks blowing a mean harmonica, joined the impromptu bluegrass band on the stage of the Coliseum for a full-tilt performance of the Scruggs' classic, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."

"When you see hungry hearts like that, you want to feed them," said Skaggs. "And they appreciate it, and they will never forget it."

The special is a CMA production. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, and Gary Halvorson is the director.

CMA Music Festival 2006 will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 8- 11, in Downtown Nashville and tickets are available now and selling fast.

To order tickets for the 2006 CMA Music Festival call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com to download an order form to fax or mail; visit www.ticketmaster.com to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.

Four-day ticket package categories correspond to a different level of reserved seating at The Coliseum. Children 3 years and younger are admitted free. Four-day ticket packages include the Nightly Concerts at The Coliseum; Daily Concerts at Daytime Stages; daily admittance to the Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall); Family Zone; Fun Zone; Sports Zone; free in-town shuttles; program book and more.

2006 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL FOUR-DAY TICKET PACKAGE PRICES

LEVEL ADULT 14 & YOUNGER

Gold Circle (Floor) SOLD OUT n/a
Floor Level $155 $110
Lower Level $135 $95
Club Level $125 $86

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival. MJI Programming, a division of Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio broadcaster. Chevy, An American Revolution, is the official automotive sponsor of the CMA Music Festival. Fan Fair is a registered trademark of CMA.

Source: Country Music Association
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 11, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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More Artists Announced for 'CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party' on the ABC TV Television Network

Rodney Carrington, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna and Phil Vassar Added To Aug. 2 Special

The summer's hottest Country Music festival is shaping up to be the summer's hottest television special when "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party," airs Tuesday, Aug. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"The special captures the true nature of the festival with incredible performances by some of our most popular hit makers and the artist/fan encounters, which have been at the heart of CMA Music Festival for more than three decades," said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson.

Added to the growing list of performers on the special are Miranda Lambert ("Kerosene"); Lee Ann Womack ("I May Hate Myself In The Morning"); Wynonna ("I Can Only Imagine"); and Phil Vassar ("I'll Take That As A Yes (The Hot Tub Song)").

Performers already announced include Dierks Bentley ("How Am I Doin'?"); Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy ("Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)"); Sara Evans ("Perfect"); Alan Jackson ("Where I Come From"); Jo Dee Messina ("My Give A Damn's Busted"); Dolly Parton and The Grascals ("Viva Las Vegas"); Rascal Flatts ("Fast Cars and Freedom"); Sugarland ("Something More"); Keith Urban ("Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me"); Gretchen Wilson ("All Jacked Up"); and Trisha Yearwood ("Georgia Rain").

For 34 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 9-12 during CMA Music Festival, which was attended by more than 145,000 fans.

In one of the special segments Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry take viewers on a quick tour of the event from their kick- off concert, where they arrived in a camouflage Bad Boy Buggie, a souped-up golf cart, to interviews with fans from around the world, and an on-your-feet performance of the duo's hit "Gone."

"Country Music fans are the greatest," Montgomery said. "They've always got your back."

In another segment, funny guy Rodney Carrington, star of ABC-TV's "Rodney," takes viewers on a tour of the popular autograph sessions where the artists sign photos and pose for pictures with fans.

In addition to fan interviews, Carrington talked to Cowboy Troy and Lambert before heading out for a baked-bean shot with a fan.

Previously announced segments included one with Kix Brooks, of super duo Brooks & Dunn, as he puts five, young impresarios through their paces before introducing them to Ricky Skaggs and legendary Earl Scruggs.

The special is a CMA production. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, and Gary Halvorson is the director.

CMA Music Festival 2006 will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, in Downtown Nashville and tickets are available now and selling fast.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival. MJI Programming, a division of Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio broadcaster. Chevy, An American Revolution, is the official automotive sponsor of the CMA Music Festival. Fan Fair is a registered trademark of CMA.

Source: Country Music Association
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 18 /PRNewswire/ --
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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.

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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"

Synopsis

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.

CAST & FILMMAKERS

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

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

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

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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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/ --
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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.

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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

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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.

www.merlehaggard.com
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 19, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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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 www.mjnewsonline.com/unbreakable

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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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.

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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.'

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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/ --
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Arlo Guthrie Releases new Double CD “Live In Sydney

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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 ( http://www.bbkingmuseum.org/ ), 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/
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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, B5online.com, received more than 10 million hits just during the month of June and a chat with B5 on Teenmusic.com, 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

JULY
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

AUGUST
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

SEPTEMBER
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; 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 AOLMusic.com:

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
Theater
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 CTNow.com Theatre
Wednesday, August 10 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic
Center
Friday, August 12 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
Stadium
Saturday, August 13 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the
Waterfront
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/ --

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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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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/ --
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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.

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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 Yukka.co.uk, 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).

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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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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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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.

FULL SCHEDULE OF ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Source: "Rock is Fifty!" Honorary Committee
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JESSIE ALLEN COOPER With Tim Ponzek

"PACIFIC LOUNGE" CD

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 amazon.com, digital download locations and Cooper's own www.CooperSoundWaves.com. (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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By Steve Anderson
thevideostoreguy@columnist.com

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.

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"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 Baby.com at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kennylove.

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

Viewers Can Also Visit Makingtheband.mtv.com 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 makingtheband.MTV.com 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 http://makingtheband.mtv.com/ 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:

LOS ANGELES:

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

BEST R&B VIDEO
Alicia Keys
"Karma"
The Diary of Alicia Keys
MBK Entertainment/J Records
Director: Chris Robinson/Alicia Keys
Producer: Meredith Welsch
Production Company: HSI Productions

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
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

BEST DANCE VIDEO
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

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

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

BEST NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO
The Killers
"Mr. Brightside"
Hot Fuss
Island Records
Director: Sophie Muller
Producer: Grant Jue
Production Company: Oil Factory Inc

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

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

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO
Gwen Stefani
"Hollaback Girl"
Love.Angel.Music.Baby.
Interscope Records
Director: Paul Hunter
Producer: Rubin Mendoza
Production Company: HSI Productions
Choreographer: Kishaya Dudley

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A VIDEO
Gorillaz
"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

BEST ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO
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

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
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.
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=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.

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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 (www.myspace.com/311) 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.

Website: www.311.com
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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

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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.

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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/ --

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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/ --

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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/
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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 rmhc.org/giveahand 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/ --
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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.”

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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 (http://www.elvisinsiders.com/) 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.

For a complete, detailed list of events visit http://www.elvis.com/.

Source: Elvis Presley Enterprises

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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.

EURYTHMICS ULTIMATE COLLECTION
(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/ --
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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 (www.vugames.com) 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.”

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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.
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CRYSTAL GAYLE RELEASES HER NEW LIVE CONCERT DVD

(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,

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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.

CSN WORLD TOUR 2005 - NORTH AMERICA

DATE LOCATION VENUE
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
Amphitheater
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

For updates and details, log on to www.crosbystillsnash.com

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Source: Crosby, Stills & Nash
LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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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 brooklynvegan.com. Mew’s live performance is an intense melding of sound and vision, “elegiac and wondrous in equal measure” raved Pitchforkmedia.com.

MEW - MARCH 2007 US TOUR DATES

March 14 Austin, TX KEXP “Live from Austin City Limits”
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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/ --

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory CDs

Books on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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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:

www.youtube.com/chimairatube

Don’t forget to check out Chimaira on tour:

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

2/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

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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

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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 www.sovereignartists.com.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 22, 2005
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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/ --
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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:

BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

National

"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.

STATION OF THE YEAR
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

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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

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

"Danger"
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/ --

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Johnny Lee celebrates 25th Anniversary Of “Urban Cowboy

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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 http://www.musicdays.org/.

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 http://www.danielpearl.org/.

Source: The Daniel Pearl Foundation

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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 http://www.hardboplife.com/.

"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/ --
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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 StubHub.com

"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 http://www.aarp.org/tonybennett.

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.org. 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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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.

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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.

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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

DATE / CITY/STATE / VENUE
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
LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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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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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.

http://www.cmaawards.com/

Source: Country Music Association
NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 10, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --
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'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.

Source: Apple Computer, Inc.
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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 http://www.scarteracademy.com/ 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.

Source: Reebok International Ltd.
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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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"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.

OPENING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, THE SHOW FEATURES WORK BY A HOST OF LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHERS INCLUDING MANY PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN IMAGES. The show runs through November 5th.
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.

Co-founded in 1983 by Theron Kabrich and James Hartley, San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE) is a leader in international fine art sales and publishing, Their gallery is at 458 Geary Street in downtown San Francisco. For more information, log on to www.sfae.com

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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.”

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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."
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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."

Source: Yanni
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 31 /PRNewswire/ --
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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.
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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 http://listen.xmradio.com/ . 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 http://www.xmradio.com/ .

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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.

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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:

www.2PAClegacy.com and www.TASF.org

Source: Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation
ATLANTA, Sept. 20, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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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 (http://www.ushersnewlook.org/) 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/ --
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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)

For more information and current tour dates, go to http://www.velvetrevolver.com/.

Source: RCA Records
NEW YORK, July 19, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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VINCE GILL AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS TO RECEIVE HONORS AT THE 35TH ANNUAL IEBA LIVE! CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE



(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.

ABOUT VINCE GILL

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.

For additional information, visit www.mca-nashville.com/vincegill.

ABOUT THE OAK RIDGE BOYS

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.

For more information on The Oak Ridge Boys, visit www.oakridgeboys.com.

ABOUT JOE GUERCIO

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 C