Warner/Chappell Music Named BMI’s ‘Urban Music Publisher of the Year’

Recognized by Leading Performing Rights Organization for Outstanding Achievement by Urban Music Songwriters

NEW YORK, NY — (Market Wire – Aug 31, 2006) — Warner/Chappell Music, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG), and one of the world’s largest music publishers, was named ‘Publisher of the Year’ at BMI’s 6th Annual Urban Music Awards in New York City on Wednesday. The award ceremony recognized the songwriters, publishers and producers of the top BMI urban songs played on American radio and television and marks the first time that Warner/Chappell has won this award.

“This award is industry recognition of Warner/Chappell’s reemergence, strength and presence in urban music, a genre of music that influences fashion, dance and other aspects of popular culture,” said Richard Blackstone, Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music. “We are delighted to receive this award from BMI, and we are extremely proud that Warner/Chappell’s talented songwriters are writing many of hip-hop, rap and R&B’s biggest hits.”

“Two years ago, Warner/Chappell had practically taken itself out of the new urban market,” said Christopher Hicks, Vice President A&R Urban, Warner/Chappell Music. “The arrival of new leadership at Warner/Chappell brought a renewed commitment and greater energy and resources dedicated to the urban genre, as well as to developing writers and building dominance in the urban market. We are extremely satisfied with this recognition of the important progress we have made and the momentum we now have as a leading publisher of urban music. This award is an indication of where Warner/Chappell is going and where we intend to stay.”

Warner/Chappell’s re-emergence as a power player in urban music began with a Grammy Award-winning Warner/Chappell writer co-writing the No. 1 charting songs “Burn” and “Confessions Pt. 2″ (Bryan Michael Cox) from Usher’s “Confessions” album. Those achievements were followed by Warner/Chappell writer contributions to No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart from Fat Joe (“Lean Back”), Ciara (“Goodies”), Mariah Carey (“We Belong Together” and “Don’t Forget About Us”), Bow Wow featuring Ciara (“Like You”) and Kanye West (“Golddigger”).

“Achieving this kind of success doesn’t happen overnight,” said Blackstone, “and building on that success comes through the patient execution of a sound strategy. At Warner/Chappell, we believe that we now have the right team in place to execute our strategy of signing marquee artists, developing promising young writers, and exploiting our vast and diverse catalog. While there is still much work to be done, we are well on our way toward accomplishing our goal of being the No. 1 destination for Urban writers.”

This award comes at a moment when Warner/Chappell’s increasing dominance in urban music is being demonstrated through the recent hit singles:

* “Be Without You” (songwriter Bryan Michael Cox)
* “What U Know” (songwriter T.I.)
* “It’s Goin’ Down,” (songwriter Yung Joc)
* “Crazy,” (songwriter Cee-Lo Green)
* “Promiscuous” (songwriter Timbaland & Danjahandz)
* “Torn” (songwriters Teddy Bishop and Dave Young)
* “Shoulder Lean” (songwriters Young Dro & T.I.)
* “Why U Wanna,” (songwriter T.I.)
* “Entourage” (songwriter Eric Hudson)
* “Hustlin'” (songwriter Rick Ross)
* “Do It” (songwriter Don Vito)

“One of Warner/Chappell’s strengths lies in how closely we work with our affiliate record labels. We are willing to employ every resource available to us within the Warner Music Group for the benefit of our writers and our Company,” says Hicks.

Warner/Chappell’s successful strategy is reflected in its interests in numerous chart-topping songs on Billboard’s urban charts, including Ciara’s “One, Two Step” and “Get Up,” Pretty Ricky’s “Grind With Me,” Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin’,” Trillville’s “Some Cut,” Mariah Carey’s “Shake it Off,” Nelly’s “Grills,” Ludacris’ “Pimipin’ All Over the World,” and D4L’s “Laffy Taffy.” Warner/Chappell also had significant participation in a string of No. 1 debuting albums on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart over the last year including albums from Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Lil’ Wayne, T.I., india.arie, Donnell Jones, LeToya and Yung Joc.

This recent string of hits has earned Warner/Chappell a reputation for identifying and developing some of the industry’s most exciting new songwriters and providing them with the opportunity to collaborate on several high profile projects. Warner/Chappell solicited and placed four songs on Mariah Carey’s “Emancipation of Mimi” album, five songs on Mary J. Blige’s “Breakthrough” album. In addition, Warner/Chappell participates in all but two songs on LeToya’s album which recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Warner/Chappell’s U.S. roster of talented urban writers includes: Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Bryan Michael Cox, T.I., Jazzy Pha, Kay Gee, Danjahandz, Lil Wayne, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Yung Joc, Fabo, Trillville, JUSTICE League, Rockwilder, Young Dro, Dave Young, Don Cannon, Teddy Bishop, Drumma Boy, Zak Wallace, Eric Hudson, india.arie, Don Vito, Donnell Jones and others. Warner/Chappell is proud to work closely and have cooperative relationships with Noontime Music, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Grand Hustle Publishing, Swishahouse Publishing and Block Entertainment.

Founded in 1939, BMI is an American performing rights organization representing more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. BMI collects license fees on behalf of those American creators it represents, as well as thousands of creators from around the world who chose BMI for representation in the United States. The license fees BMI collects for the “public performances” of its repertoire of more than 6.5 million compositions — including radio airplay, broadcast and cable television carriage, Internet and live and recorded performances by all other users of music-are distributed as royalties to the writers, composers and copyright holders it represents.

About Warner/Chappell Music

Warner/Chappell Music is WMG’s award-winning global music publishing company. The Warner/Chappell Music catalog includes standards such as “Happy Birthday To You,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Winter Wonderland,” the songs of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, as well as the music of Dido, Dr. Dre, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Nickelback, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, T.I. and others. Warner/Chappell Music is a leader in creating innovative strategies for marketing and promoting its songwriters and their music. The company’s extensive catalog makes it a natural first stop for A&R executives and record producers, feature film and television production companies, and others looking to record or license some of the world’s greatest music.

Amanda Collins
Warner/Chappell Music

Fox’s Hit TV Show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’s’ Judge Shane Sparks to Teach Dance Moves in South Florida

MIAMI, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — SHANE SPARKS, considered by most of the millions of Americans that watched the hit TV show “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” to be the best choreographer/judge the show has ever had and, deemed the “nicest” of the judges, will make his appearance in South Florida, Sunday September 10th at the Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, FL from 9am to 5pm where he will teach aspiring dancers “the moves” as seen on the show. “We are so excited to have Shane come to South Florida”, said Michelle Tucker, President of Pop Starz who is hosting the event. Myself being a native Floridian, I love when us Floridians can “show off our talent”!!

Sparks has worked with artists, Lindsay Lohan, Marques Houston and Omarion on the film “You Got Served” as well as their videos. Sparks was also the choreographer for *NSYNC’s “Challenge for the Children” Celebrity Basketball Game at the Office Depot Center and a judge for the 2004 & 05 World Hip-Hop Championship. His face can be spotted on every dance publication and website across the country.

At this Sunday’s workshop also teaching will be Pop Starz Artistic Director Brice Vick, ASHANTI’s exclusive choreographer and Remmi Ma’s (Fat Joe’s Terror Squad) choreographer. Flii Stylz, will also be teaching, presently the choreographer for Usher and one of the hottest artist out today, Chris Brown. The dance workshop is for dancers from beginners to professional ages 8 to adults.

Pre-Registration forms can be found on www.popstarzinc.com or by calling Pop Starz at 305-531-7224.

Pop Starz, a South Florida Hip Hop Company with classes throughout South Florida, has had much fame from their Production Company Dancers, made up of kids and teens ages 8 to 17. They have opened for many top artist’s concerts and celebrity events such as, *NSYNC’s “Challenge for the Children”, Power 96, Summer Jam and Clear Channel events. They have appeared on several MTV music videos, national commercials, and continue to achieve national attention while being featured on such TV shows as Extra, Inside Edition, and appeared locally numerous times on NBC, ABC, Fox and Telemundo.

Source: Pop Starz

CONTACT: Viviana Garcia, Media Relations of Pop Starz, +1-305-531-7224

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: Shane Sparks will be arriving in Florida Thursday, September 7th for interviews. Please call to set up appointments.


Cingular Customers Can Enjoy Exclusive Performances from their Wireless Phones

Ludacris’ New Album, “Release Therapy,” Set To Take Over the Charts on September 26, Featuring the #1 Radio Single “Money Maker”

NEW YORK, August 30, 2006 – Cingular Wireless’ innovative made-for-mobile concert series, Cingular Sounds Live, is back with a concert line-up that is sure to energize and entertain. Grammy winning Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) artist Chris “Ludacris” Bridges joined by R&B sensations Bobby Valentino and Shareefa are set to have the crowd dancing at this evening’s invitation only event being held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. As with all Cingular Sounds Live events, the concert is designed to generate content specifically for the mobile environment-and exclusively for Cingular customers.

Cingular Sounds Live is an innovative kick off for the promotion of Ludacris’ newest album, “Release Therapy” on Disturbing Tha Peace Records. The new album is scheduled to hit stores on Tuesday, September 26.

“Cingular Sounds Live has been a great success since we first launched the program earlier this year. And in the case of our concert line-up this evening, which features Ludacris, Shareefa and Bobby Valentino, we definitely see it as the best working with the best,” said David Garver, executive director of segment marketing and sponsorships, Cingular Wireless. “We are thrilled to create these first-class mobile music events and deliver the exclusive concert footage to our customers on their wireless phones.”

Adds Ludacris, “Advanced technology has found a new way to break through to the audience, and DTP is proud to be doing this live concert for the Cingular audience. It seems like almost everyone has a personal cell phone today, from parents to teenagers, and this is such a great way to connect with our audience directly. In many ways, it’s almost like having your own private concert.”

As part of the Cingular Sounds Live program, Cingular creates, produces and hosts these regular music events throughout the country in which the taped footage from each event is made available as part of the company’s Cingular Video™ content offering. Cingular Video is an on-demand streaming video service, which is available to Cingular customers who reside in a 3G market and who have a compatible handset.* To date, Cingular Sounds Live has featured performances by top recording artists such as Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Daddy Yankee, Jamie Foxx and LeToya.

Concert Extras
Attendees of this evening’s concert will be encouraged to send SMS and MMS messages from their Cingular phones during the show. The messages will be displayed on two large screens on the stage. Additionally, of those who do send a message, a few will be randomly selected to win a VIP meet-and-greet with the performers immediately following the show.
Additionally, Ludacris fans will be able to take pictures in front of a green screen that superimposes their photo into a shot with Ludacris. These photos will be printed and made available on-site at the concert, but they can also be downloaded to Cingular phones as a wallpaper or screensaver.

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

* July 2003 — Introduces First Music Phone, the Nokia 3300
* March 2004 — First to Offer Music Tone Ringtones From All Major Music Labels
* April 2005 — Debuts Cingular Sounds with Never Heard Before Music as Ringtones
* September 2005 — Launches World’s First Phone with iTunes
* September 2005 — First to Offer Billboard Mobile Music Application
* November 2005 — Unveils MobiRadio with more than 40 Streaming Music Stations
* December 2005 — Releases Sony Ericsson W600i Music Phone
* December 2005 — Announces Exclusive Ringtone “Don’t Give Up (Africa)” Performed by Alicia Keys and Bono, with Proceeds Supporting AIDS Relief Organization, Keep A Child Alive
* January 2006 — Cingular launches the exclusive SLVR featuring iTunes
* February 2006 — Cingular launches Cingular Sounds Live
* February 2006 — Cingular launches enhanced MusicID service
* March 2006 — Cingular launches Live Idol Ringtones, actual songs performed live on American Idol, available the next day as ringtones
* April 2006 — Cingular introduces the Mobile Music Studio on MySpace, giving unsigned artists and bands an opportunity to have their original music featured as a Cingular ringtone
* May 2006 — Cingular launches Answer Tones™
* August 2006 — Cingular launches LG CU500, first device to have a “music” key to give users easy access to Cingular’s suite of music applications
* August 2006 — Cingular launches third phone with iTunes, the MOTO RAZR v3i

*Cingular’s 3G network provides average download data speeds between 400-700 kilobits per second with bursts to over one megabit. The company currently provides 3G services in more than 60 metro areas including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Gary (Ind.), Houston, Las Vegas, New York City, Phoenix, Portland (Ore.), Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (Calif.), Seattle, Tacoma (Wash.), and Washington, DC. Cingular currently offers three 3G handsets – LG CU500, Samsung SGH-ZX20, and Samsung SGH-ZX10.

About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 57.3 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation — the ALLOVER™ network — and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover®, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com. Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://cingular.mediaroom.com.

About Disturbing Tha Peace Records
Disturbing Tha Peace Records was founded in 1995 by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon. The independent label was created to serve as an outlet for musicians hailing from the ‘dirty south’ incorporating all aspects of A&R Guidance, Marketing/Publicity, Promotions, Creative Sponsorship Opportunities, Touring and Performance set-up and Long-term Artist Development. Disturbing Tha Peace has proved very successful in its’ endeavor selling over 20 million albums worldwide by keeping its’ promise to be a ‘truly boutique’ label with current artists Ludacris, Shareefa, Shawnna and Bobby Valentino all dropping albums in the year of 2006. Check out www.dtprecords.com for more details.

Contact Info
Jennifer Bowcock
Cingular Wireless

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XM Satellite Radio’s Nightshift Hits Sin City in First Vegas Event

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 31, 2006–
  Nation’s largest lifestyle custom car show brings Nightshift to Vegas, featuring some of nation’s billboard-topping artists, drifting demos and the best cash prizes this season  

Action Media, creators of XM Satellite Radio’s Hot Import Nights (HIN), will make its Las Vegas debut with its Nightshift event on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 4-11 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium. HIN, the nation’s largest lifestyle custom car show, will host its Nightshift event featuring live performances from T-Pain and Paula Deanda, as well as drifting demos and stunt bike exhibitions.

Southern rapper T-Pain will be performing songs from his Gold debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, with songs including, “I’m Sprung,” and “I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper).” Paula Deanda will keep the music flowing with her performance of “Doing Too Much,” the first single from her self-titled debut album and a major Top 40 hit that has been climbing the Billboard charts since Spring 2006.

On the automotive front, Dunlop will host a special drifting demo area with some of the biggest names from the drifting world, and Kane One will lead the stunt bike exhibitions throughout the day and night. Returning sponsor Valvoline will present Super Street Cars on Tour with the one-of-a-kind Charge Speed STI straight from Japan, the full carbon fiber chassis CWest S2000 and the chameleon color-changing HKS-powered IS300. Show visitors can get up-close and personal with the hottest, trendiest cars in the customized world, straight from the pages of the top tuner magazines. In addition, motocross champion Travis Pastrana will feature his Subaru rally car.

On the Mazda stage, HIN’s Glo-Go dancers will show off their go-go skills against Las Vegas’ best dancers in the new Rockstar Energy Drink National Glo-Go Dancer Competition, a city-to-city dance rivalry where the prize purse is its largest of the season at $2,000 for the winning team. And, the competitions continue with the search for the next Miss HIN 2007 in the Queen of the Scene competition and the selection of Miss HIN Las Vegas, hosted by HIN International Spokesmodel Ursula Mayes. Ursula, Miss HIN 2005, can be seen elsewhere this year as one of Maxim’s “Sexiest 100″ and on the new NBC program, “Deal or No Deal.” On the XM Satellite Radio Stage, local club DJs and b-boy groups will compete for top accolades, and the Fuel Girls will bring their fiery burlesque show to the United States for the first time at the Vegas event.

HINCity.com members and HIN show-goers can get a show sneak peak the night before by hitting five Vegas hotspots outlined on HINCity.com. Join fellow HIN fans and cruise the Vegas strip, watch b-boy break dancing on Fremont Street, party with HIN models at the Hard Rock Cafe’s Center Bar or join the pre-party at the Rio.

A special moment in the Nightshift evening will allow show attendees to recognize guests from the U.S. Military–Soldiers who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. HIN and its sponsors will welcome Soldiers participating in Operation Tribute to Freedom, a U.S. Military outreach program designed to honor those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The program is an opportunity for Americans to better understand and connect with their Soldiers, one story at a time. Soldiers will be recognized and honored on stage for their service.

XM Satellite Radio’s Hot Import Nights is presented by returning sponsor Valvoline, in addition to returning sponsors Dunlop Tires; Meguiar’s; Mazda; Circuit City; Chevrolet; Subaru; NGK Sparkplugs; Hanes; BF Goodrich; BombshellPoker.com; and media sponsors Modified Magazine; Modified Luxury & Exotics, Super Street; Import Tuner; Sport Compact Car; Rides; MPH; Performance Auto & Sound Magazine; Road and Track; C-16; XXL; KING; and Car and Driver magazine. New 2006 sponsors include Rockstar Energy Drink; Shell V-Power; Atomic Loud Speakers; Pioneer; and the National Guard. More information on HIN can be found at www.hotimportnights.com.

About Action Media and Vision Entertainment
Action Media, parent company of Vision Entertainment, is the leading media and event company targeting the Gen X-Y audience, integrating lifestyle events including cars, music, video games and fashion. Producing more than 20 annual events in the top North American markets, Action Media and Vision Entertainment are now one of the leading communities for every positive aspect of youth culture. The current portfolio of Vision Entertainment events includes Hot Import Nights, VIP Auto Fashion Show, Nightshift, the RC Expo (RCX), Fresh Tracks Snow and Skate Expo and Holiday Havoc. Action Media’s online assets now include Online Showoff and Model Showoff as well as a partnership with IGN.com.

2006 Hot Import Nights/Night Shift and VIP Schedule

NS Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium Sept 9
NS San Francisco SBC Park Sept 23
HIN Seattle Qwest Field Sept 30
HIN Dallas Dallas Convention Center October 7
NS Phoenix Firebird Intl. Raceway October 14
VIP Los Angeles LA Convention Center Nov 18
HIN Honolulu Blaisdell Convention Center Dec 2
HIN Miami Miami Beach Convention Center Dec 16

for Action Media
Cristina Wilson, 213-489-8207
Brendan Flynn, 213-489-8226

Albums: Outkast In Second, Paris In Sixth

Danity Kane tops the Billboard 200 album chart, OutKast takes no. 2 with their "not really hip hop, not really a soundtrack" album and Paris Hilton comes in at no. 6 with an album rumored to contain elements of rap music.

1. Danity Kane – Danity Kane
2. OutKast – IdleWild
3. Christina Aguilera – Back to Basics
4. Mana – Amar Es Combatir
5. Soundtrack – The Cheetah Girls 2
6. Paris Hilton – Paris
7. NOW! That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 22
8. Lamb Of God – Sacrament
9. Luther Vandross – The Ultimate Luther Vandross
10. Kelis – Kelis Was Here

Big ups to Mana, a Mexican rock group, whose album Amar Es Combatir came in at no. 4 and is the "highest charting and biggest debut for a Spanish-language album for a duo or group on The Billboard 200".


After the Billboard Conference . . . Shut it Down with The Greatest Show on Earth

Join Chuck D. and Flava Flav for a tribute to 20+ years of Hip Hop

August, GA – Aug 30, 2006 SlamJamz Records in conjunction with Beneath the Noise will host a celebratory after-party following the Billboard conference on September 8, 2006 at Earthlink Live-The LOFT in Atlanta, GA.

SlamJamz Records is the brainchild of legendary hip hop artist/activist Chuck D. (Public Enemy) and is headed by Vice President Janol Holmes. “We’re excited about the opportunity to launch SlamJamz in Atlanta, GA. and we’re looking forward to collaborating with other labels and artists as we celebrate the legacy of Public Enemy and more importantly the rich history of hip hop,” says Holmes.

Entitled The Greatest Show on Earth, the event will showcase a series of live performances, artist tributes and several show-stopping surprises. Holmes says he looks forward to welcoming a diverse audience of hip hop enthusiasts to the event. “You can expect to see the hip hop represented as a collective. There will be everyone from your mainstream fans to the alternative group, the down south fans along with east coast and west coast. Because of what we represent, this audience is guaranteed to showcase the true gamut that hip hop reaches as a whole.”

Hosted by Zooman from BET’s Comicview, The Greatest Show on Earth will feature several Atlanta A-list artists performing tributary numbers. “There are a lot of surprises, it’s definitely going to be a show to remember,” Holmes insists. Though he is tight-lipped on those slated to perform, Holmes hinted at a Grammy-award winning DJ among the surprise guests.

Currently confirmed guests include; Flava Flav, Purple Ribbon, Bad Boy, Bad Boy South, Block Entertainment, Arc the finger, Binkus Records, Posdenus of De La Soul, A Tribe called Quest, TVT Records and many more.

The Greatest Show on Earth is scheduled for Friday, September 8th at Earthlink: The LOFT. Red carpet/ media reception begins at 9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 10:00p.m.

For more information on VIP access and/or media accreditation please contact: Christal Jordan-Mims, Enchanted PR at 678-499-0297 or enchanted@comcast.net.

The Greatest Show on Earth is sponsored by Forces of Nature, Chuck D. Operation, Scion and Enchanted PR.

UNION860 Internationally Releases Their Highly Anticipated Album Four the People

Harford, Conn. (August 30, 2006) – The Connecticut super group, UNION860, internationally released their highly anticipated album entitled Four the People.

Four the People brings an eclectic mix to the table, by collaborating R&B, hip hop, and reggaeton with Latin rhythms. The first single off the album “Aye!” has already experienced a high volume of radio spin from Connecticut’s hottest radio station, Hot 93.7 FM. Group members A.T.G. (Alexander The Great), BROOK, and Dutch Starskie have all been undefeated on Hot 93.7’s Saturday Night Battle. This was a record breaker for the group and the radio station. This reserved them a spot on the roster, for the second time in a row, for the infamous Hot 93.7’s Underground Jam in 2007.

The quartet is also known for their high energy level on stage. At this year’s annual Puerto Rican festival, they performed in front of an audience of over 100,000 people in New Haven, Conn.

For more information on UNION860 or to purchase Four the People, please visit: www.union860.com

Contact: Jenny Miranda
Public Relations
(860) 919-0626

Detroit Rapper Jay Hussle Debuts CD at St. Andrew’s Hall with BET Host & Celebrity Line-Up

DETROIT, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Jay Hussle is as tall as an NBA star … as handsome as a fashion model … and as skilled as the best rapper on the charts.

Now this Pontiac native is about to prove it with a Detroit concert featuring tracks from his debut album.

It’s called “Man of My Word” and it features several songs produced by Bad Boy Records star Young Lord, who has produced music for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and 50-Cent.

Coming to stores Oct. 26, “Man of My Word” is being released by Detroit’s 2nd Generation Records and distributed nationally by Fireworks/Universal Records.

Hussle will showcase his skills on the mic from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on September 2nd at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, downtown Detroit.

BET star Mad Linx from the hit TV show “Rap City The Basement!” will host the show. Also blazing the stage will be rappers K-Deezy, Tone-Tone, Jesse James and Royce Da 5’9″.

Hussle has performed with Lloyd Banks and Li’l Scrappy, and appeared on VH1 and BET. Now he’s ready to steal the spotlight as a new star in the world of rap.

He plans to do that with his 20-track “Man of My Word.” Clubs will soon be jumping with the songs produced by Young Lord. They include “Over There,” a hot club beat with a down-South vibe, and “Way You Move,” which celebrates the sexy way a girl walks and dances.

Hussle’s fans across the country are waiting for the album, after falling in love with his style. Traffic has been booming on his MySpace.com spot since Hussle scored as second runner-up on the VH1/MTV Networks’ Freestyle 59 Contest in New York. Even more music fans are hooked on Hussle since he appeared on BET’s hit show, “106th & Park.” This national following bolsters his hometown popularity in Detroit, where he has dominated the radio rap battles on WJLB FM-98 and appeared on Fox 2 News Morning.

2nd Generation Records is the dream of Kenneth Tyson Jr., a quadriplegic who survived a horrific auto accident 29 years ago. He hopes to fill the void created by the departure of Motown Records from Detroit.

Source: 2nd Generation Records

CONTACT: Elizabeth Atkins of 2nd Generation Records,

NOTE TO EDITORS: For review copies of Jay Hussle and his “Man of My Word” CD, contact Elizabeth Atkins at +1-313-492-5718.

Meet Recording Artist Wyclef Jean in Mays Landing, N.J.!

WHAT: Multi-platinum-selling recording artist Wyclef Jean will sign
autographs for fans at the Verizon Wireless store located inside
Circuit City on Black Horse Pike.

Fans can also check out Verizon Wireless’ new “Chocolate” phone by
LG. Offered exclusively through Verizon Wireless in the United
States since late July, the “Chocolate” wireless phone/music
player has sold more than one million units since its
international launch outside Korea and has won two global design
awards – the 2006 iF Design Award and Reddot Design Award – for
its unique product design and user interface.

WHO: In addition to the two Grammy Awards Jean won with the Fugees, he
has been nominated for both Grammy and Golden Globe awards for his solo work. Jean co-wrote the chart-topping “Hips Don’t Lie” with
Shakira and is currently on a U.S. tour with the artist. Both will
perform Saturday evening at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

WHEN: Saturday, September 2, 2006
1:15 to 1:30 p.m. Media-only interviews
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fan autograph session

WHERE: Verizon Wireless “Store-within-a-Store” (inside Circuit City)
4215 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, N.J.

WHY: Wyclef Jean’s performance is part of the company’s V CAST
PERFORMANCES featuring Shakira. More concert details can be found
at http://www.shakiraconcerts.com/.

OTHER: V CAST Music is on the cutting-edge of entertainment delivery,
allowing Verizon Wireless customers to download their favorite
artists’ music “on-demand” via their wireless phones.

CONTACTS: Sheldon Jones, Verizon Wireless, 215-638-5668;
215-219-8890 (cell); Sheldon.jones@verizonwireless.com

Pam Boyd/Carla Reinas

PRNewswire — Aug. 30
Source: Verizon Wireless
Web site: http://www.shakiraconcerts.com/

MTV Networks Names Hank Close President of U.S. Ad Sales

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ — MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B), today announced that Hank Close has been named President of U.S. Ad Sales for MTVN. Close, who was formerly Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, MTVN Music/Comedy/Logo Group, will be responsible for managing MTVN’s entire U.S. sales organization across all of the company’s brands, providing clients with highly targeted marketing solutions that draw on the full range of MTVN’s multiplatform offerings. Close will continue to be based in New York City and report to Michael Wolf, President and COO, MTVN.

“Hank is a terrific leader and a passionate advocate for our industry- leading brands,” said Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks. “The entire MTV Networks Ad Sales team has been instrumental in our evolution from a collection of cable channels into a truly global, multiplatform entertainment company, and I am confident this tradition of innovation and expansion will continue under Hank’s leadership.”

“Hank has skillfully mined new opportunities and championed innovative multiplatform solutions that helped MTVN outperform the market in this year’s Upfront,” said Wolf. “He has the experience and vision to lead this organization’s Ad Sales team through what will continue to be a dynamic time in our business.”

In his new role as President of U.S. Ad Sales, Close will be adding Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, The N, TV Land and Spike to his responsibilities. Since February 2005, Close has served as Executive Vice President of Ad Sales for MTVN Music/Comedy/Logo Group, which includes MTV, mtvU, MTV en Espanol, VH1, VH1 Classic, CMT, Comedy Central and Logo. In this position, Close held primary responsibility for crafting new sales strategies for said channels and connecting clients with cross-brand opportunities to reach their consumers.

“MTV Networks has a stable of strong, differentiated brands that resonate with our viewers across virtually every platform,” said Close. “I am looking forward to further leveraging our leading-edge content in both the linear and digital spaces, and providing our clients with even more ways to connect with our highly targeted audiences.”

Earlier, Close was Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, for Comedy Central, which he joined in 1999. At Comedy Central, Close contributed to the network’s transformation into the most successful comedy brand on television. Before joining Comedy Central, Close spent 12 years in ad sales at FOX. He also held positions at the A.C. Nielsen Company and CBS Inc., and served as Director of Research at J. Walter Thompson. Close sits on the boards of the Cable Advertising Bureau and Citymeals-On-Wheels.

Also announced today is that Sue Danaher, Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, The N, TV Land and Spike, has decided to leave the company.

“It is with the utmost respect that we accept Sue Danaher’s decision to leave MTV Networks,” said Wolf. “Her leadership has been an important factor in the success of our ad sales teams, and she leaves us well-positioned to continue our growth across all platforms. We thank her for her immeasurable contributions to the company and wish her the best.”

Danaher has been with MTVN since 1993, where she joined as Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager, based in Los Angeles and leading MTVN’s ad sales efforts for the regional offices. She became EVP and General Ad Sales Manager in October 2000, with responsibilities for all advertising sales strategies across all associated platforms — television, digital and print — for Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand and top-rated network for kids; Nick at Nite; The N; TV Land; and Spike.

Prior to joining MTVN, Danaher held senior positions at Young & Rubicam, Benton & Bowles, USA Networks and Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 120 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services — MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, with all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 100 interactive properties worldwide, including Atom Entertainment, GameTrailers.com, IFILM, Neopets, Xfire, Y2M, and online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV Networks

CONTACT: David Bittler of MTVN, +1-212-846-5263

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

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