Singles: Kanye West Rising

Last week Beyonce had a solid lock at the top of the Hot 100 singles chart but she and T.I. are still jostling while Kanye West is making strong upward moves.

Top 10 Singles on the Hot 100:

1. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
2. T.I. – Live Your Life feat. Rihanna
3. Lady GaGa – Just Dance feat. Colby O’Donis
4. Kanye West – Heartless
5. Britney Spears – Womanizer
6. Katy Perry – Hot N Cold
7. Taylor Swift - Love Story
8. Kanye West – Love Lockdown
9. T.I. – Whatever You Like
10. Beyonce – If I Were a Boy

Eric B. Paid in Full Twice: Features Brooklyn Rapper Avion in Debut Album

Los Angeles, CA (Billboard Publicity Wire/PRWEB ) December 29, 2008 — The multi-platinum producer and entrepreneur, Eric B. is breaking record deals for traditional as well as non-traditional music distribution. Music and Internet companies have proposals on the table to for Eric B. Feat. Avion album. The streets are talking about the new Eric B. project dropping sometime late spring 2009. Eric B. discovered the rapper, Avion, who delivers a unique sound and lyrics.

Born and educated in Brooklyn, NY, Avion has lived in Miami for ten years and both have an influence on his savvy style. Avion’s combination of east coast and southern appeal is the right mix for what music listeners want today. The single "Hit the Floor" with Rough Ryder RIAA Platinum rapper Jadakiss is on the hook. The Single already has rave reviews from several well-known industry music critics.

The interview took place in Eric B.’s head quarters, which is in one of his spacious mega mansions. Eric humbly says, "My goal is to build a 21st Century Motown. Motown an assembly line for hit music. Motown was a true music factory. Eric B. continues, saying, "Product with the Motown name is still viable ten, fifteen, years after its initial release. Most of the hits made a decade ago are still playing on the radio airwaves today. This year the company will build the 21st Century Motown, which has both a music and film ventures under development. Eric B. Music Group is aggressively building the next generation of producers…"

Eric B. Special Projects is working with strong, young, talented producers that are consistently delivering the goods. During the interview Eric B. recently produced a duet for teen phoneme, Corey Golden and other well-known Radio Disney talent. The song sounds like a piece from the Broadway play Grease.

"Eric B. feels that it is important that we build a foundation on good product. The music, and lyrics, come from sought after talent working under the Eric B. brand and quality control. Most of our producers may not have gotten the shot with another label. We looked to develop raw talent…Eric B. hand picked talent that we feel have potential to be the next breaking artist. Music reviews are coming back strong," According to Richard V. Mahee, Executive at Eric B. Special Projects.

In the mid 80’s managed by Russell Simmons, Eric B. was paid in full with a $1 million advance from a record company (the first ever in hip hop game). Eric B. also was advanced another $1 million from a publishing deal on week later. $2 million in advance for a project is not even obtained by many signed artists in 2008. The reason why is because "Eric B. brings the highest quality of product in everything that he does. The Eric B. featuring Avion project will also bring tremendous opportunities for our partners and sponsors to leverage their brands," Says Richard V. Mahee.

Eric B. is also known for chart breaking music, selling out concert halls to Madison Square Garden. "It will be interesting to see the span of generations that will come out to the show. The show will pack many coliseums to the max," Says Richard V. Mahee.

In the mid 1980’s, Eric B’s influence was the inspiration for trends such as the valor Fila tennis suits, which then cost $1,700 each at the time, heavy solid gold rope chains. Eric B. is now setting more luxurious trends amongst his peers and today’s youth markets. When it comes to lifestyle, Eric B. raises the bar and always has. "People remember Eric B. as the first one in the industry to drive a Rolls Royce (his first car), but many people do not know that Eric B. is also behind music trends like party remix "Pump up the Volume", which was produced by UK based M.A.R.S.," Notes Mahee.

His new project features the first artist to be released under Eric B. Music Group, "Avion". Eric did this album with "A" (Avion) because he enjoys working with great musicians. Avion is an exception. Eric B will release an exclusive interview, which will be released through Billboard Publicity Wire next week. The article will focus on how Eric B. is on top of the game and being paid in Full Twice.

Eric B. started his music career at a New York Radio Station WBLS doing street jams. "It is important to the industry that we have people who understand music making artist and repertoire (A/R) decisions." Adds Eric B. Who is the ultimate decision maker for our brand,

Coming from a background in radio, Eric B. hopes to continue to win over the ears and hearts of radio mix show DJ’s nationwide. Clubs and stations are starting to play the Eric B. feat. Avion record "Hit the Floor". The complete album, which has 19 songs, including "Hit the Floor", is under tight wraps until its release. The project is still untitled but has been played for a handful executives and insiders at and the other music publishing companies. The response is "this project will be a classic… Every song on the album is a hit record," Says Mahee. The team of executives and consultants are handing this project with special care. Eric dictates his ideas and concepts to Richard V. Mahee, who is known for his business development and marketing savvy have identified business targets of who we want to work with and are only knocking on those doors.

The video for "Hit the Floor" will hit the market in mid March. Eric B. Special Projects management team is also in negotiations with Boulevard Industries for a feature film, which is in pre-production. The cast will feature Eric B., Mahee and other members of Eric B. Special Projects executive management team such as: Supreme, Eddie Fuqon Brown, Freedom, John Cato, talent Avion and hot rising star model TL Blake. TL Blake now 20-years-old is one of the hottest new talents to break into young Hollywood scene may be featured in the video. TL Blake was recently the only teen model named to Stars Confidential Most Popular Teen List and Cultural Mall 100 Most Beautiful Worldwide List. TL Blake is now breaking out in to music videos and feature films. Casting for the project begins January 15th 2009.

Eric B. Special Projects is booking a series of shows (events) in major markets with a well-known international nightclub chain. "The vibe is luxurious private, mature and intimate…Its about spending time with fans, friends and family to come out and enjoy themselves," Says Mahee. Tickets for our club dates are rumored that VIP tickets start as high as $250 per person. No comment on the price for general entry as of yet. The events will launch off during the 51st Grammy Award Weekend.

Eric B and Avion will also do a series of Concerts dates which are already being scheduled for summer 2009. Eric B. and his legal team, headed by Washington D.C. based lawyer Floyd Blair, will make a decision on what deal Eric B. Music Group will sign before the album is dropped summer 2009. The Eric B. Feat. Avion single "Hit the Dance Floor" is released the January 7, 2009.

Eric B.: Previous Hits include:
"Paid in Full", Chart positions: #58 US, #8 Top R&B/Hip Hop, Last RIAA certification: RIAA certification: Platinum Singles, "Eric B. Is President", "I Know You Got Soul", "I Ain’t No Joke", "Move the Crowd", "Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em", Chart positions: #32 US, #10 Top R&B/ Hip Hop, RIAA certification: Gold, Singles: "Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em", "In the Ghetto" "Mahogany", "Don’t Sweat the Technique", Chart positions: #22 US, #9 Top R&B/ Hip Hop.


Richard V. Mahee
Eric B Special Projects/Music Group
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New Year’s Nation Announces Opening Performance by DJ GIRL 6 at 2009 Los Angeles New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Wiltern

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ — On December 31st, 2008, GIRL 6 will open for Travis Barker and DJ AM, known as TRVSDJAM, in their first show together since September at New Year’s Nation’s (NYN) New Year’s Eve party at The Wiltern. GIRL 6 will drop her customized mixture of pop, rock, urban and electronica music and videos – interspersed with custom graphics – onto oversized projection screens and monitors. Portions of her performance will be simulcast, live, to nine other New Year’s Nation celebrations in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia and Portland.

"I’m really stoked to be opening for BARKER and AM, and I’ve been preparing special edits for my set and am looking forward to a great night! People having house parties can also be a part of the celebration by accessing NYN’s live webcast at," said Girl 6.

A voluptuous knockout with a turntablist’s rapid-fire skills, DJ GIRL 6 is the only battle-winning female video-DJ in the U.S. As one of the few female DJs in the industry, GIRL 6 is booked to perform every weekend. Her quick-cutting and turntablist skills along with her undeniable sex appeal have made GIRL 6 one of the most sought-after DJs in the country.

About New Year’s Nation

New Year’s Nation (NYN) is a high-end events and promotions company that leverages technology to create simultaneous social experiences for young professionals in major markets around the country.

NYN was formed in 2006 when entrepreneur and events promoter Jann Yogman conceived the idea of creating the first nationwide New Year’s party that would use technology to connect young professionals and enable them to interact and share in the same social experience.

Based on the success of this first event, NYN has expanded the party every year. New Year’s Eve 2009 will include more than 15,000 guests in 10 cities and four time zones across the country, with thousands more participating online.

NYN currently focuses on creating a national New Year’s Eve Party, but in the future will expand to other events and online tools for people who value these experiences, allowing them to interact in a variety of ways. While the possibilities for these experiences are endless, everything that New Year’s Nation is involved with will reflect the "NYN Experience" in quality and customer experience. For more information on NYN, please visit

Source: New Year’s Nation

CONTACT: Dan Bingham,, Todd Barrish,,
both of Dukas Public Relations, 1-212-704-7385

Web Site:

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Hypebot: Project Playlist, Kill The CD, RIAA Tricks, Tuneroom and More Music Industry News

Music industry news from Hypebot:

Facebook followed MySpace, bowed to industry pressure and banned Project Playlist widgets from their sites

Labels Force Content Off YouTube And MySpace but SonyBMG Signed On With Project Playlist

Study Advises: Kill The CD To Save The Industry. Join the discussion.

A new study claims that Music’s Long Tail Just Got A Lot Shorter

What The RIAA Doesn’t Want You To Know about its new campaign to stop illegal file sharing by working with your Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Europeans Prefer iTunes 2 to 1 But Amazon Gaining Share

New Site:
Tuneroom Finds Then Sends Songs To Mobile

An Ode To Magazines Who Left Us In 2008

10 Musicians I Want To Invite To My Holiday Party

A Little Holiday Music Fun

See Hip Hop Press’s Hypebot Industry News category for past roundups.

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Farchild: Adam’s World Artist of the Week

Farchild: Adam's World Artist of the Week


From Adam Bernard:

Influenced by everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Lauryn Hill, Farchild is an artist who defies categorization. Her debut album, Chivalry Has Died, is a testament to what can happen when a person refuses to allow themselves to be boxed in by genre specifications. According to Farchild, "I’d be as happy as a clam if someone popped my CD into a player and said, ‘wow, this is absolute madness, a Farchild kind of madness!’"

The former University of Florida volleyball star was getting ready to fly to Puerto Rico to compete in a pro league this winter when I caught up with her to find out more about her music, the life story that inspired it, and why she hid her work from her friends for so long.

Read the complete interview here.

For previous Artists of the Week see Hip Hop Press’s Adam’s World category.

The Vincent Black Shadow: Adam’s World AOTW

The Vincent Black Shadow: Adam's World Artist of the Week

The Vincent Black Shadow

From Adam Bernard:

I’ve made it no secret that The Vincent Black Shadow is one of my favorite rock bands. They’ve been featured on this site a number of times, and now that they’ve gone the indie route they’ve become a perfect fit to be an Artist Of The Week. Cassie Ford’s vocals are some of the most amazing you will hear in all of rock, and the band, which is made up of the Kirkham brothers, with Rob on guitar, Chris on bass, and Tony on drums (pictured L to R), is truly an amazing group of musicians.

This week I sat down with Tony Kirkham to find out more about TVBS’s latest release, El Monstruo, why they parted ways with their label, Bodog Music, and what the band ended up learning after spending the better part of a year and a half on the road.

Read the complete interview here.

For previous Artists of the Week see Hip Hop Press’s Adam’s World category.



New York, NY/Dallas,TX, 12/26/08 (Hip Hop PR Wire) — The Dirty South has been at the forefront of Hip-Hop music for the last decade. Miami, Atlanta and Houston have been thoroughly represented and have become commercially recognized powerhouses in Rap. The gritty sound that was once the soundtrack of Southern living has vanished and given way to dance oriented pop hits that no longer cater to the streets and have left a void in the industry. Rap music is in need of a fresh, new sound to fill that void, and that sound is coming out of Dallas, Texas and his name is Big Chief.

Big Chief was born and raised in the rough West Dallas, Texas Rupert Circle housing projects. He was surrounded by drugs, gang violence and poverty, but at the young age of eight Chief decided to channel his energy and turn his environment into the subject of his songs. Big Chief’s first performance took place in elementary school and after being well received by his peers his hunger to perfect his craft intensified. At fifteen, Chief pressed his first record entitled "Exotic Games" which allowed him to collaborate with other local MC’s and later become a member of the Stoney Crooks Clique. Big Chief was beginning to experience limited success but he quickly encountered serious adversity when he approached rap as a career. Ignoring the substance of his lyrics, his story telling ability and his catchy hooks many critics disliked Chief’s distinct voice and relaxed cadence and due to the fact that Houston was already a staple of Southern music several industry executives overlooked Big Chief simply because he was from Dallas.

After years of meeting roadblocks and obstacles, Big Chief decided not to be denied and to take matters into his own hands. He began to record and press album after album creating a catalogue of street classics themed the Eat Greedy Volumes. Through Chief’s persistence, consistency and talent he built his own buzz along with a significant reputation within the music community across the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) area. The byproduct of Big Chief refusing to have his destiny denied was the engineering of a movement that has not only become the theme of his career but also the theme of his life… the Eat Greedy movement.

Today, Big Chief’s buzz and grind precede him. His reputation for the creation of instant street classics such as "When U Gone Let Me?", "Used To It", and "My Swagg" has created strong street anticipation for his next album in the series of Eat Greedy Volumes. This anticipation now spans far outside of the DFW area into the under belly of cities like Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Miami, Atlanta, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Indianapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis, Shreveport, Philadelphia and New York to name a few. To further introduce the Eat Greedy movement into a world market in 2008 Big Chief signed with like-minded New York based Make Millions Music.

Chief’s persistence has not gone unnoticed by those in the national music community. He has been co-signed by most who become familiar with his music and his grind converting them all into Eat Greedy Boy’s and Girl’s along the way from artists, DJ’s, producers and program directors like Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, DJ Michael "5000" Watts, DJ Smallz, DJ Greg Street, DJ Drop, DJ Bay Bay, DJ Hollywood, TJ of TJ’s DJ’s, Tony Neal of The Core DJ’s, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and Skip Cheatum to industry magazines like The Fader (Issue #56), Ozone Magazine (Patiently Waiting), and Connect Magazine (Cover Story). Most importantly, though, Big Chief is endorsed by the streets that made him.

Big Chief’s music, grind and stride exemplify his Eat Greedy movement to the fullest and prove that in a climate of perpetrators, one hit wonders and actors that there are still those who represent the Southern streets.

Most recently, Big Chief’s single "My Swagg" f. Jim Jones debuted at #5 on Billboard Magazine’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart. You can hear "My Swagg" and find out more information about Big Chief and Make Millions Music at and

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BET Counts Down the New Year with Exclusive Appearances from Brandy, Jim Jones, Jasmine Sullivan and New Network Darlings, Brutha

Top 100 Music Videos of 2008 Get "NOTARIZED" 11:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M.*,

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire/ — On Wednesday, December 31 from 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.*, BET’s much anticipated NOTARIZED list is finally unveiled. Beginning at 11:00 p.m.*, join hosts Terrence and Rocsi as 106 & PARTY follows the illustrious countdown and rings in 2009 with the party of the year featuring performances by Jasmine Sullivan, Brandy, Ray J, Plies, Brutha, Ace Hood, Juelz Santana and Jim Jones.

On Wednesday, December 31, BET celebrates New Year’s Eve with the following shows:

"NOTARIZED" / 11:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M.*

BET’s annual top 100 countdown special is set to bring in 2009 by giving viewers a look back at the best videos, highlights and events of 2008. In this exclusive 12-hour pre-party, your favorite artists and BET hosts reveal the best videos of the year and share their most memorable moments of ’08, as well as their goals and resolutions for 2009. Don’t miss the ultimate music year-end countdown to see who takes home NOTARIZED 2008’s coveted #1 spot.

"106 & PARTY" / 11:00 P.M.-1:00 A.M.*

It’s time to get the party started! Start your 2009 with the fabulous Terrence and Rocsi at the televised social event of the year. 106 & PARTY rings in the new year with the most fashionable and entertaining two hours of television with exclusive performances by Jasmine Sullivan, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Brandy, Ray J, Ace Hood, Plies, Jadakiss and Brutha. Forget the crowds and the freezing weather; join the party as BET shares the holiday spirit with the liveliest audience and viewers at home.

  *All times ET/PT

  About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households, according to Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions:, a leading internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks – BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Source: BET Networks

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco of BET Networks, +1-212-975-3327,

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Happy Merry Everybody!

Whatever you’re celebrating for or against this year, have a good one!

Ciroc “Diddy” Obama Attempts Brandnapping of NY’s Ball & the Little Baby Jesus


Ciroc "Diddy" Obama Leaves His Virtual Mark

I’ve always wondered why there wasn’t more exploitation of these down moments in urban media because Diddy’s latest publicity moves really have an open playing field at the moment.

For Ciroc Obama, i.e. Sean "Diddy" Combs, swagger jacking or, in layman’s terms, leeching off the brand of another is second nature.  So, yeah, his public attempt to get a Ciroc Vodka product placement on or near the Time Square New Year’s ball feels a lot like Taco Bell’s public offer to 50 Cent.

And, yeah, launching the I Am King website so close to Christmas definitely suggests a brand jacking of the birthday celebration of what many Christians term the "King of Kings."  That move even one upped his Malcolm X/Martin Luther King references!

But I’m not trying to give him a hard time.  I say, let Diddy be Diddy.

However, Diddy, letting you be you also means recognizing that you’ll probably never be Bond, though you might can be Flint!

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