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Kanye West Leads GRAMMY® Nominations With Seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars Each Earn Six; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex Each Garner Five

Kanye West Leads GRAMMY® Nominations With Seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars Each Earn Six; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex Each Garner Five


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ( were announced tonight by The Recording Academy® and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fourth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®," a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE. The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 12, 2012, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook:, For a complete nominations list, please visit


Kanye West tops the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards. Drake, Paul Epworth, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Rihanna, and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) each receive four nominations.

"Once again, it is most gratifying to see the GRAMMY Awards process produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's nominations truly reflect an exceptional and talented creative community that embodies some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields. Coupled with the fourth year of our primetime nominations special, the road to Music's Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, is off to an exciting and appropriate start."

Following is a sampling of nominations in 78 categories from the GRAMMY Awards' 30 Fields:

Album Of The Year:
21 - Adele
Wasting Light - Foo Fighters
Born This Way - Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
Loud - Rihanna

Record Of The Year:
"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele
"Holocene" - Bon Iver
"Grenade" - Bruno Mars
"The Cave" - Mumford & Sons
"Firework" - Katy Perry

Best New Artist:
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Song Of The Year:
"All Of The Lights" - Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter &
Kanye West, songwriters
(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
"The Cave" - Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston,
songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Grenade" - Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine,
Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt,
songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Holocene" - Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Someone Like You" - Adele
"You And I" - Lady Gaga
"Grenade" - Bruno Mars
"Firework" - Katy Perry
"F***in' Perfect" - Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
"Body And Soul" - Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
"Dearest" - The Black Keys
"Paradise" - Coldplay
"Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster The People
"Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Dance Recording:
"Raise Your Weapon" - Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
"Barbra Streisand" - Duck Sauce
"Sunshine" - David Guetta & Avicii
"Call Your Girlfriend" - Robyn
"Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" - Skrillex
"Save The World" - Swedish House Mafia

Best Rock Performance:
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" - Coldplay
"Down By The Water" - The Decemberists
"Walk" - Foo Fighters
"The Cave" - Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower" - Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
"On The Backs Of Angels" - Dream Theater
"White Limo" - Foo Fighters
"Curl Of The Burl" - Mastodon
"Public Enemy No. 1" - Megadeth
"Blood In My Eyes" - Sum 41

Best Rock Album:
Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul - Jeff Beck
Wasting Light - Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown - Kings Of Leon
I'm With You - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love - Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Codes And Keys - Death Cab For Cutie
Torches - Foster The People
Circuital - My Morning Jacket
The King Of Limbs - Radiohead

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
"Sometimes I Cry" - Eric Benet
"Fool For You" - Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
"Radio Message" - R. Kelly
"Good Man" - Raphael Saadiq
"Surrender" - Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Album:
F.A.M.E. - Chris Brown
Second Chance - El DeBarge
Love Letter - R. Kelly
Pieces Of Me - Ledisi
Kelly - Kelly Price

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"Party" - Beyonce & Andre 3000
"I'm On One" - DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
"I Need A Doctor" - Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
"What's My Name?" - Rihanna & Drake
"Motivation" - Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
"All Of The Lights" - Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Performance:
"Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"Otis" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
"The Show Goes On" - Lupe Fiasco
"Moment 4 Life" - Nicki Minaj & Drake
"Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa

Best Country Solo Performance:
"Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" - Martina McBride
"Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton
"Mean" - Taylor Swift
"Mama's Song" - Carrie Underwood

Best Country Song:
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy,
songwriters (Thompson Square)
"God Gave Me You" - Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
"Just Fishin'" - Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill,
songwriters (Trace Adkins)
"Mean" - Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
"Threaten Me With Heaven" - Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley &
Dillon O'Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill)
"You And Tequila" - Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny
Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)

Best Americana Album:
Emotional Jukebox - Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down - Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain - Emmylou Harris
Ramble At The Ryman - Levon Helm
Blessed - Lucinda Williams

Best Blues Album:
Low Country Blues - Gregg Allman
Roadside Attractions - Marcia Ball
Man In Motion - Warren Haynes
The Reflection - Keb' Mo'
Revelator - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album:
Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive - Steve Earle
Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
Ukulele Songs - Eddie Vedder
The Harrow & The Harvest - Gillian Welch

This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, the Smeezingtons (Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars), Ryan Tedder, and Butch Vig.

This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,500 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2010 - Sept. 30, 2011). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 14 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 11, 2012, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 54th GRAMMY telecast.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures and John Cossette Productions for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.

"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," hosted by two-time GRAMMY-winner LL COOL J, featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by country star Jason Aldean, two-time GRAMMY winner Common, hip-hop innovator Grandmaster Flash, five-time GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga, LL COOL J, three-time GRAMMY winner Ludacris, GRAMMY winner Lupe Fiasco, GRAMMY-winning hip-hop artist Melle Mel, four-time GRAMMY winner Rihanna, rapper Scorpio, singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson,GRAMMY winner Mike Stoller, GRAMMY-winning duo Sugarland, country music sensation The Band Perry, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Usher. Presenters included actor Taraji P. Henson, actor Taylor Lautner, GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, R&B/rap star Nicki Minaj, and pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards -- the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music -- The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at, a Facebook fan at, and aYouTube channel subscriber at

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Legendary Singer-songwriters David Crosby, Shawn Colvin, Randy Newman, Kenny Loggins, Zooey Deschanel Contribute to Everychild CD

Legendary Singer-songwriters David Crosby, Shawn Colvin, Randy Newman, Kenny Loggins, Zooey Deschanel Contribute to Everychild CD

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Everychild Within Us CD features brand new, unreleased music from She and Him (Zooey Deschanel) and Burt Bacharach, as well as music by singer-songwriters such as Randy Newman, David Crosby, Shawn Colvin, Kenny Loggins, Lisa Loeb and Katrina Carlson. The new album also includes songs by Dave Koz and Jim Wilson.

Free sample audio streams from the CD are available at

The Everychild Within Us CD is available for $12 from the Everychild Foundation: All proceeds go to projects supported by Everychild Foundation grants filling critical unmet needs of children.

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"It is with great pleasure that I support the good work that the Everychild Foundation does helping children in need," says music legend David Crosby.

The dream of the Everychild Foundation is to have a society where no child suffers from disease, disability, abuse, neglect or poverty. Each year, Everychild annually seeks out and funds a new project directly serving children with tangible results. The goal is to launch new prototypes that can inspire replication across the nation and even worldwide, thus leveraging the grant.

The Foundation also advocates for legislative and public policy changes to assist unaccompanied homeless youth, children in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, and those in the zero to five age group. Everychild is a volunteer organization funded by member dues and contributions. It pays no salaries, no rent and does not host fundraising galas.

"Some of America's most legendary musicians have come together to make a difference for children in crisis right here in the United States," says Jacqueline Caster, Founder and President of the Everychild Foundation. "This album not only provides an array of uplifting songs, but is also interspersed with the actual voices of kids from the gang-ridden neighborhoods of Los Angeles whose dreams of a better future are alive and strong. Proceeds from this compilation album support the work of the Everychild Foundation which works to make these dreams a reality by funding new projects to assist children suffering from disease, disability, abuse, neglect or poverty."

Amelia Swaggert
Ballantines PR

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The Road We Know "Watch The Movie, Save A Life" Program Launches For World AIDS Day, 2011

The Road We Know "Watch The Movie, Save A Life" Program Launches For World AIDS Day, 2011

New film featuring youth HIV prevention program in Botswana uses innovative technology to raise awareness and funds through social networking

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Thursday, December 1st, World AIDS Day, movie fans and social networkers will be able to participate in the latest innovation in "filmanthropy."

The Road We Know (, a new documentary about a youth movement in Botswana aimed at HIV prevention, has teamed up with technology company UbicMedia(TM) and its proprietary PUMit tool to allow audiences to digitally share the film while simultaneously contributing to a fund to further develop youth HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Botswana.
Can a small group of college students from Botswana challenge conventional wisdom about AIDS in Africa to save their generation? The Road We Know explores the impact of HIV/AIDS in Botswana through the efforts of these young adults who boldly advocate for behavior change to save lives.

Directed by Suzanne Taylor and produced by Citygate Films, The Road We Know began production in 2008 when Taylor had the opportunity to film the HIV prevention training Botswana college students were receiving through the nonprofit program, "Face the Nation." The film will kick off a series of nationwide screenings at churches, schools of public health, and AIDS awareness and prevention organizations beginning December 1st at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA (, an early supporter of the Face the Nation program. World AIDS Day will also mark the launch of the "Watch the Movie, Save a Life" program (, a crowd-marketing and fundraising campaign that will allow audiences to digitally share the film via email and their social networks after paying an $8 fee, 50% of which will be donated by Citygate Films to Partners to the World (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Botswana.

The "Watch the Film, Save a Life" campaign is powered by PUMit, a technology tool developed by UbicMedia. PUMit allows rights-holders to securely share their video with their social networks while tracking viewings and referrals, and adding an e-commerce component.


Citygate Films LLC is a multi-picture documentary film company built around the idea of filmanthropy. This play on the words "film" and "philanthropy" represents the marriage of the vision-casting power of cinematic documentaries with the grassroots-driven response to humanitarian and social justice needs.

Citygate Films is currently producing three documentaries in this model, THE ROAD WE KNOW, A NOTE OF HOPE and MACH ONE MAC. Founded by author and producer/director Carolyn McCulley, Citygate draws upon a skilled production team that has been working together over the last several years filming on location in Cuba, South Korea, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Mexico, Germany, the U.K., and more.


UbicMedia develops and markets a revolutionary Internet content protection and distribution technology called the "PUMit system." It relies on a new self-secured Internet object called the "nomadic file", or PUM file, which removes content from constraints pertaining to any specific distribution channel and users from any registration processes. Content can be copied across media (Internet, HD, memory cards, connected devices) without compromising the rights holders copyrights and monetization potential.

UbicMedia is currently collaborating with leading US-based entertainment networks, and working on a secure video viewing service integrated with the Box platform. In Europe, partners and clients include L'Academie des Cesar, Cote Cinema online (promotion of "Alice in Wonderland" for Disney, Memento Distribution), Europa Distribution, Avalanche Productions, ("Brothers" for Wild Bunch/Lionsgate).

UbicMedia is a privately held company with offices in France and in the United States.

For All Media Inquiries, contact:

Paola Freccero

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Walt Disney Records Set to Release Spanish Language Version of Disney's Los Muppets Soundtrack on Dec. 6

Walt Disney Records Set to Release Spanish Language Version of Disney's Los Muppets Soundtrack on Dec. 6


BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and the whole Muppet gang are back and ready for their felt-frenzied close-up, as Walt Disney Records is set to release the Spanish language version of the soundtrack to Disney's Los Muppets, the brand new big-screen adventure starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and the beloved Muppets. Featuring songs written by Bret McKenzie ("Flight of the Conchords"), updated versions of Muppet classics and familiar hits given the Muppet treatment, the Spanish language soundtrack arrives in stores and at online retailers December 6, 2011.

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McKenzie, who created, co-wrote, executive produced and starred in the hit HBO television series "Flight of the Conchords," is the music supervisor, as well as the writer/producer of four original songs, including "Life's a Happy Song," "Let's Talk About Me," "Man or Muppet" and "Me Party." McKenzie also produced "Pictures in My Head" and "Rainbow Connection."

"Music was always an integral part of the 'The Muppet Show' and Muppet films," McKenzie said. "It's hard to think of the Muppets without thinking of songs like 'Rainbow Connection' or 'Mah Na Mah Na.' The Muppets don't sound like anyone else and that's what's great about them. It was a huge honor to work on 'The Muppets' and I took the job very seriously, even when I was recording a man pretending to be a penguin."

The Muppets turn in new renditions of "The Muppet Show Theme" (co-written by Jim Henson, the song opened and closed "The Muppet Show" for five seasons in the US and UK, from 1976-1981), the treasured Muppet classic and Academy Award ®-nominated "Rainbow Connection," (penned by Oscar®-winning composer Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) as well as the original 1969 version of "Mah Na Mah Na." The felt gloves come off in new Muppet interpretations of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Also included are the original versions of Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and Starship's 1985 chart-topper "We Built This City." The album also features 15 dialogue interstitials from the film.

The following is a complete song list:

"The Muppet Show Theme" - Performed by The Muppets, this is an updated version of the theme beloved for decades.

"Life's a Happy Song" - Sung by Gary, Mary and Walter the Muppet, this is one of the key tracks in the score that onscreen grows from a simple tune to an epic production number. "I wrote this in New Zealand when I was in a particularly good mood," says McKenzie. "I sat down at the piano and it came out very quickly."

"Pictures in My Head" - Kermit the Frog takes a solo turn in this sweetly humorous ballad, in which he remembers only the good stuff about his glory days with his fellow Muppets.

"Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" - Paul Simon's immortal hit from his 1972 self-titled solo album, perfectly captures the spirited fun of the film.

"Rainbow Connection (Moopets Version)" - Written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher, this is perhaps the best-known, best-loved Muppets song of all time. Here it is utterly twisted up by The Moopets (Fozzie Bear's tribute band to the original Muppets).

"We Built This City" - Starship's #1 smash hit from 1985 makes the perfect backdrop as the Muppets strive to save their studio.

"Me Party" - Destined to become a classic, Miss Piggy and Mary team up for this upbeat, disco diva throw down.

"Let's Talk About Me" - One of the soundtrack's most pleasant surprises is this die-hard hip-hop track, performed with charming malevolence by Tex Richman.

"Man or Muppet" - Performed by Gary and Walter, this power ballad is sung during one of the film's emotional high points.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" - The Muppet Barbershop Quartet of Rowlf, Beaker, Link Hogthrob and Sam the Eagle, takes on the timeless Nirvana hit. Kurt Cobain probably never imagined his music could be Muppetized.

"Forget You" - Wildly popular and often copied as Cee Lo Green's classic may be, it's guaranteed that no one has ever heard a clucked-up rendition like this one from Muppets Camilla and the Chickens.

"Rainbow Connection" - Here it is, the Oscar®-nominated ballad from "The Muppet Movie" (1979) sung by the beloved Muppet gang.

"The Whistling Caruso" - Noted whistling virtuoso Andrew Bird puckers his way through this delightful, wordless interlude, performed in the film by Walter.

"Life's a Happy Song Finale" - The entire cast teams up for a reprise of the opening number, in a joyous finale that audiences will not soon forget. Shooting the scene shut down Hollywood Boulevard for two nights and featured 80 dancers and 300 extras.

"Mah Na Mah Na" - The memorable track from the original "The Muppet Show," performed by Mahna Mahna and The Snowths.

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary's girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With a screenplay by Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller, the film is directed by James Bobin. Featuring signature celebrity cameos, Disney's "The Muppets" is in theaters now.

Disney's Los Muppets Spanish language soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on Dec. 6, 2011. For more information on Walt Disney Records' releases, please visit, become a fan at or follow us at

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Entravision Communications Corporation to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference

Entravision Communications Corporation to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE: EVC) announced that Christopher T. Young, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, will be presenting at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference in Orlando, FL at 4:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

The presentation will be made available to the public via live audio webcast which can be accessed by visiting the investor relations section of Entravision's corporate web site at

About Entravision Communications Corporation

Entravision Communications Corporation is a diversified Spanish-language media company utilizing a combination of television, radio and digital operations to reach Hispanic consumers across the United States, as well as the border markets of Mexico. Entravision is the largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision's TeleFutura network, with television stations in 20 of the nation's top 50 Hispanic markets. The company also operates one of the nation's largest groups of primarily Spanish-language radio stations, consisting of 48 owned and operated radio stations. Additionally, Entravision has a variety of cross-platform digital content and sales offerings designed to capitalize on the company's leadership position within the Hispanic broadcasting community. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.

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Attorneys of 1-800-CANTASO and Chosen Few Records Collaborate on Jenny "La Sexy Voz" Music Video and Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Attorneys of 1-800-CANTASO and Chosen Few Records Collaborate on Jenny "La Sexy Voz" Music Video and Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Talented new Puerto Rican artist Jenny "La Sexy Voz" has launched her first video and single titled "Murio." In the past, Jenny has worked with well-known artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Alexis y Fido and countless others, lending her voice and topping Reggaeton charts since 2004. She is now signed to Chosen Few Records and managed by Manuel Alejandro Ruiz aka "Boy Wonder."

Filmed and produced by Ramon Cruz ("Ray Cuts"), "Murio" is the Spanish version of Rihanna's single "Man Down." As opposed to the original song where a man is murdered for his abuse, Jenny's version focuses on dealing with domestic violence and finding help. The video opens with Astrid Cordoba, host and radio personality of La Fiesta 98.5 FM NY's "Almorzando Con Cantaso," live on air where she eventually takes a call from a victim of domestic abuse as Jenny listens, and the song begins.

The video, sponsored by the attorneys of 1-800-CANTASO, sends an important and powerful message about domestic violence, emphasizing the need for support and alternatives for women in destructive relationships. "Our sincere hope is that by being involved with Chosen Few Records in the release of this single and video that we can raise awareness of a growing problem that is affecting all communities, including Latinos," said William V. Ferro, partner at Ferro, Kuba, Mangano, Sklyar, P.C. and 1-800-CANTASO. "It is unusual for attorneys to be involved in brand integration by participating in the music industry, but the quality of the song and the video coupled with the importance of the message made our decision to sponsor Jenny in this project an easy one."

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Visit Scotland in 2012 for a Creative Bonanza

Visit Scotland in 2012 for a Creative Bonanza

<font size="2" face="Arial">EDINBURGH, Scotland</font>, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Year-round festivals and events, prize-winning art, architecture and design, world-renowned literature, contemporary music and unique arts and crafts are just some of the creative experiences that visitors can expect when they visit Scotland in 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland.

Scotland's cities offer vibrant, festival experiences against beautiful, UNESCO World Heritage backdrops; Edinburgh for literature and Glasgow for music. Add to that a rich variety of museums, galleries, artisan shopping experiences and a thriving culinary scene and any visitor seeking the buzz of a city vacation will be spoilt for choice.

This year alone, we've opened the doors to five spectacular cultural attractions - the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, The Royal Palace at Stirling Castle, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and Edinburgh's newly transformed National Museum of Scotland and the National Portrait Gallery which reopens this week.

For those looking to explore further afield, Scotland offers creative activities and events all around the country. Indulge creative instincts in Dumfries & Galloway, where the stunning light of the Solway Coast has inspired generations of painters, or perhaps head for the beautiful Isle of Harris, where the local textile, Harris Tweed has been woven for centuries, in colours inspired by the land.

Launching the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 to a Canadian audience ahead of St Andrew's Day (Wednesday, November 30th), Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said:

"Scotland is a dynamic and creative nation, rich in heritage with a wealth of world-class cultural events that draw visitors from across the globe, year round. The Year of Creative Scotland is a chance to spotlight and celebrate Scotland's cultural and creative strengths on the world stage.

"There will be an exciting and imaginative programme of special events taking place throughout 2012, covering everything from music, drama and dance, to art, textiles and literature, all designed to appeal to young and old alike. This, coupled with our already vibrant cultural calendar filled with world renowned festivals and top visitor attractions - like Edinburgh Castle or the newly transformed Royal Palace at Stirling Palace and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh - will offer something for all visitors to enjoy, year round."

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-- 2013 will be a celebration of the Year of Natural Scotland, and in 2014
Scotland will play host to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder
Cup at Gleneagles as well as staging a second year of Homecoming in
-- Starting on the 1st January 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland is a
Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland,
VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. The year will spotlight and
celebrate Scotland's cultural and creative strengths on a world stage.
And we will of course welcome people to Scotland who are in the UK for
the Olympics.
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Zachary Levi Plugs in as Host of Spike TV's 2011 "Video Game Awards"

Zachary Levi Plugs in as Host of Spike TV's 2011 "Video Game Awards"

Show To Feature A Performance By The Black Keys Of Their Video Game Hit "Lonely Boy"

Grammy Nominated Electronic Artist Deadmau5 Will Perform Throughout The Telecast

"Gamer God" Award To Be Bestowed Upon Blizzard Entertainment Founders And World Premiere Of New Footage From "Diablo III" To Be Shown

"VGAs" Air LIVE On Spike TV And MTV2 And Will Be Streaming On Saturday, December 10 At 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT

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NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Star of NBC's "Chuck," voice actor for "Fallout: New Vegas" and "Halo: Reach," owner of the nerd culture site and video game super fan Zachary Levi will host Spike TV's 2011 "Video Game Awards" (#VGA). Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuringsome of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more, the two-hour event honoring the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year will premiere LIVE on Spike TV, MTV2 and on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

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"Zac Levi is an avid gamer who is truly a part of gaming culture and understands the fans," says Casey Patterson, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent & Studio Relations for Viacom Entertainment Group. "He has great ideas about this year's show. Zac is all about honoring the year in gaming and ushering in the future by showcasing massive world premieres at this year's event. We're excited to be working with Zac."

Audience members and viewers will also be treated to a live performance by Grammy Award recording artists The Black Keys, who will perform their video game hit, "Lonely Boy," and the duration of the festivities will feature Grammy nominee and dance music innovator deadmau5, who will transform the show with his visual representation of sound into a real life video game experience.

Among the list of presenters and attendees are Sports Illustrated cover model and star of "Battleship" Brooklyn Decker, "Family Guy" star and voice of Joker in the "Mass Effect" series Seth Green, cast members of "Workaholics" Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Anders Holm, multiplatinum and Grammy Award-winning recording artist LL Cool J, stars of the upcoming "American Reunion" Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott, the most prolific quarterback and wide receiver combination in NFL history, Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and many more to be announced shortly.

This year, Spike TV will be bestowing the Gamer God Award upon the three founders of Blizzard Entertainment for their immense contributions to the electronic gaming medium. Creators of the "World of Warcraft," "Starcraft" and "Diablo" entertainment universes, Blizzard is celebrating its 20th anniversary - as well as the 15th anniversary of "Diablo" - in 2011. Co-founders Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce will accept the award and treat Blizzard's global community to the full never-before-seen opening cinematic of the company's upcoming release, "Diablo III."

The talent joins the already announced never-before-seen world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond, including BioWare's next project, the next "Alan Wake" game and "Metal Gear Solid: Rising," "Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots," "Transformers: Fall of Cybertron," and Most Anticipated Game nominee, "BioShock Infinite" as part this year's "VGA" festivities.

For additional information about other "VGA" world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto and get updates via Twitter @SPIKE_TV, as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Leading the way with 12 nominations at the 2011 "VGAs" is "Portal 2" by Valve. Rocksteady Studios' second adventure featuring the Dark Knight, "Batman: Arkham City" garnered 10 nominations, while the third chapter in the Nathan Drake adventure, "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" by Naughty Dog and independent game "Bastion" rounded out the top most- nominated games with 9 and 5 nods each, respectively.

Nominees for Spike TV's 2011 "Video Game Awards" were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Game Informer Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN and WIRED.

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 "VGAs" by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Internationally, the "VGAs" will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV's 2011 "Video Game Awards."

The presenting sponsors for the 2011 "Video Game Awards" are the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN, KFC Hot Wings and KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Entertainment Group. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.


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The Small Business Authority Hour Focuses On Health Insurance Issues for Independent Business Owners

The Small Business Authority Hour Focuses On Health Insurance Issues for Independent Business Owners

The Show will air on December 3, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. EDT on 77WABC and Hosted by Barry Sloane

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Newtek Business Services, NASDAQ: NEWT, The Small Business Authority, announced today the next live radio broadcast regarding health insurance issues from "The Small Business Authority Studio" at 77WABC Radio in New York. National listeners can also tune in at and click listen live. The program, The Small Business Authority Hour, will be hosted by Barry Sloane, CEO, President and Chairman of Newtek Business Services and will be broadcast on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

President and CEO Barry Sloane said, "We welcome all independent business owners to tune in to The Small Business Authority Hour as well as call in for their questions, comments, and concerns about the future need and requirements of health insurance for their family as well as employees. Markets are currently moving as is the Supreme Court, state governments and the voting electorate. This show will cover many issues for independent business owners, insurance professionals and employees."

The show will be hosted by Barry Sloane, President and CEO of Newtek Business Services, Inc. and co-hosted by Laura Smith from 77WABC. The Small Business Authority Hour is broadcast from the Small Business Authority Studios atop Madison Square Garden the first Saturday of every month at 4:00 p.m. EDT. We will take live questions from independent business owners beginning at 4:15 p.m. until the show ends at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

About Newtek Business Services, Inc.

Newtek Business Services, The Small Business Authority, provides the following products and services:

-- Payroll: Complete payroll management and processing services.
-- Accounts Receivable Financing: Receivable purchasing and financing
-- Data Backup, Storage and Retrieval: Fast, secure, off-site data backup,
storage and retrieval designed to meet the specific regulatory and
compliance needs of any business.
-- Web Services: Customized web design and development services.
-- Insurance Services: Commercial and personal lines of insurance,
including health and employee benefits in all 50 states, working with
over 40 insurance carriers.
-- Business Lending: Broad array of lending products including SBA 7(a) and
SBA 504 loans.
-- eCommerce: A suite of services that enable small businesses to get up
and running on-line quickly and cost effectively, with integrated web
design, payment processing and shopping cart services.
-- Managed Technology Solutions (Cloud Computing): Full-service web host,
which offers eCommerce solutions, shared and dedicated web hosting and
related services including domain registration and online shopping cart
-- Electronic Payment Processing: eCommerce, electronic solutions to accept
non-cash payments, including credit and debit cards, check conversion,
remote deposit capture, ACH processing, and electronic gift and loyalty
card programs.
Newtek Business Services, Inc.,The Small Business Authority, is a direct distributor of a wide range of business services and financial products to the small- and medium-sized business market under the Newtek(®) brand. Since 1999, Newtek has helped small- and medium-sized business owners realize their potential by providing them with the essential tools needed to manage and grow their businesses and to compete effectively in today's marketplace. Newtek provides its services to over 100,000 business accounts and has positioned the Newtek(®) brand as a one-stop-shop provider of such business services. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are over 27.5 million small businesses in the United States, which in total represent 99.7% of all employer firms.

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Statements in this press release including statements regarding Newtek's beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, intensified competition, operating problems and their impact on revenues and profit margins, anticipated future business strategies and financial performance, anticipated future number of customers, business prospects, legislative developments and similar matters. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions, which could cause Newtek's actual results to differ from management's current expectations, are contained in Newtek's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through

Rubenstein Public RelationsTelephone: (212) 843-9335Contact: Liz Petrova /

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Television Company Belo Corp. (BLC) to Present at UBS Conference

Television Company Belo Corp. (BLC) to Present at UBS Conference

DALLAS, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly traded television companies, will present at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference on Tuesday, December 6, at 11:30 a.m. EST. The presentation will be simultaneously Webcast on the Company's Web site at Following the presentation, a replay of the Webcast will be posted on Belo's Web site along with the related slides and text.

About Belo Corp.
Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated websites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Treasury Operations, at 214-977-4465.

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LodgeNet to Present at UBS Global Media Conference

LodgeNet to Present at UBS Global Media Conference

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LNET), the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions to hospitality and healthcare businesses, will present at the UBS 39th Annual Global Media & Communications Conference taking place next week in New York. During his presentation at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 7th, Chairman and CEO Scott C. Petersen will discuss the Company's strategic growth initiatives, including its new four-screen strategy, which integrates Interactive TV services and communications with mobile, tablets and web devices.


A live webcast of the presentation can be found on the LodgeNet homepage at

About LodgeNet

LodgeNet Interactive Corporation is the leading provider of interactive media and connectivity services to hospitality and healthcare businesses and the consumers they serve. Recently named by Advertising Age as one of the Leading 100 US Media Companies, LodgeNet Interactive serves approximately 1.8 million hotel rooms worldwide in addition to healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The Company's services include: Interactive Television, Broadband, Mobile and Advertising Media Solutions along with nationwide technical and professional support services. LodgeNet Interactive Corporation owns and operates businesses under the industry leading brands: LodgeNet, The Hotel Networks and LodgeNet Healthcare. LodgeNet Interactive is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET. For more information, please visit

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Netflix "Just for Kids" Experience Now on Wii in Canada

Netflix "Just for Kids" Experience Now on Wii in Canada

Popular Series from Marvel Like "Iron Man" and "Spider Man" Also Now Available to Watch Instantly

LOS GATOS, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) today announced that its "Just for Kids" section is now available to Netflix members in Canada on the Wii(TM) game console and that popular titles from Marvel are available for Canadians to watch instantly streaming from Netflix.

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Simply selecting "Just for Kids" within the Netflix app for Wii takes Netflix members to a section that's perfect for children 12 and under. Parents and kids can click on their favorite kids characters - from "Phineas and Ferb" to "Elmo" - and find a broad selection of great TV shows and movies featuring that character.

The Netflix "Just for Kids" section lets users scroll through row after row of TV shows and movies organized by easy-to-understand genres like superheroes, princesses and dinosaurs, featuring clear and simple descriptions of the plot of each title. Netflix uses ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media in developing the selections. Common Sense Media provides independent ratings, reviews, and information to help parents make great media choices.

Kids are among the most ardent watchers of TV shows and movies. Almost half of the more than 20 million Netflix accounts have been used to instantly watch at least two titles made for kids in the last three months. "Just for Kids" makes it easier and more fun for kids and families to instantly watch a huge range of kid-friendly TV shows and movies.

Kid-friendly TV shows and movies available for Canadians to watch instantly include:

-- Horseland (Cookie Jar)
-- Calilou (Cookie Jar)
-- Busy World of Richard Scarry (Cookie Jar)
-- Arthur (Cookie Jar)
-- Babar (Nelvana)
-- Franklin (Nelvana)
-- iCarly (MTV)
-- Go, Diego, Go! (MTV)

In addition, Netflix has licensed popular shows from Marvel, which are now available to watch instantly, including:

-- X-Men: Volumes 1-5 (76 episodes)
-- Spider-Man Unlimited (13 episodes)
-- Spider-Man (1994-98, 65 episodes)
-- Silver Surfer (13 episodes)
-- Iron Man: Extremis (six episodes)
-- Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Season 1 (26 episodes)
-- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Season 1 (26 episodes)

Other Marvel shows will be available to watch instantly in 2012, including:

-- Ultimate Spider-Man (26 episodes)
-- Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. (five episodes)
-- Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (24 episodes)
-- Spider-Man (1978, 26 episodes)
-- Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man (26 episodes)
-- Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Season 2 (26 episodes)
-- Incredible Hulk (21 episodes)
-- Black Panther (12 episodes)
-- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Season 2 (26 episodes)

The Netflix "Just for Kids" section is currently available in Canada on PC, Mac and the Wii console. Similar functionality will come to many other devices over the next year.

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With more than 20 million streaming members in the United States, Canada and Latin America, Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] is the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For about US$7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streaming over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix are the Microsoft Xbox 360, Wii and Sony PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, Internet-connected TVs, home theater systems, digital video recorders and Internet video players; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. In all, more than 700 devices that stream from Netflix are available. For additional information, visit Follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Smurfs Returning to AMC Theatres This Weekend to Benefit the Will Rogers Institute

The Smurfs Returning to AMC Theatres This Weekend to Benefit the Will Rogers Institute

Select AMC Theatres Showing THE SMURFS For Just $5 Dec. 3 and 4

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AMC Theatres® kicks off the holiday season in Smurfblue with its REPLAY FOR CHARITY program benefiting the Will Rogers Institute.

This year's popular family comedy THE SMURFS 3D returns to the big screen Dec. 3 and 4, at select AMC Theatres for a special ticket price of $5, with part of the proceeds supporting the Will Rogers Institute. Guests will also receive a special gift (while supplies last).

For more information, including participating AMC Theatres and showtimes, or to purchase tickets, visit

About the Will Rogers Institute

The Will Rogers Institute is a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation -- a charity named after one of the greatest humanitarians, philanthropists and entertainers that ever lived, Will Rogers. The Institute is dedicated to the support of research and medical school fellowships in debilitating lung diseases and disorders, the distribution of free health educational materials, and being the national leader in providing life-saving neonatal ventilator equipment to hospitals throughout the United States. For more information about the Institute, please visit

About AMC Entertainment Inc.

AMC Entertainment Inc. delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences in 351 theatres with 5,083 screens across the United States and Canada. The company operates 20 of the 50 highest grossing theatres in the country. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content.

Todd Vradenburg
Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation

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Director of Public Relations
AMC Theatres

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midem hack day 2012: Music Industry Mobilises to Create New Apps

midem hack day 2012: Music Industry Mobilises to Create New Apps

PARIS, Nov. 30, 2011 <font size="2" face="Arial">/PRNewswire/ -- midem will play host to the second edition of the midem hack day which, following the same principle as Music Hack Days and in collaboration with their organisers, welcomes some 30 developers, hackers and technology innovators from around the world who will have 48 hours to come up with brand new applications for the music industry.

Taking place from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 January, the hacking weekend brings together developers and graphic designers from all horizons with the aim of conceptualising, creating and presenting new apps through the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and data banks made available to them for free. Music, web, software, hardware, mobile, art; anything goes, as long as it's music-related.

midem hack day is launching a call for ideas which runs until 4 January and is open to all midem participants such as artists, labels, managers or those involved with new technologies. This will provide those in the music industry with a unique opportunity to be directly involved in this event and produce a wish-list of technological tools they'd like to see developers create. The best ideas, up to a maximum of 20, will be picked by the Music Hack Day organisers, and those chosen will outline their ideas in person to the developers during the opening session on 28 January.

At the end of the midem hack day, those apps developed will be presented to the public during Visionary Monday.

Music Hack Days are a reflection of the great creativity and innovative spirit which abounds in the tech community when it comes to music. Dave Haynes, one of the organisers, says: "Over the past two years, Music Hack Day has created an open sandbox and playground for developers to prototype and build new music apps using an array of new platforms, APIs and technology. Now, midem hack day provides the perfect bridge between these events and the wider international music industry. By providing support and ideas to Music Hack Day, the industry can experiment with new ways for fans to discover, consume and interact with music, creating essential new opportunities for the future."

The Music Hack Days offer a glimpse into the music industry's future, and the success of the 2011 edition illustrated this. Ten apps were invented including the soundcloud site "Takes Questions," which went on sale shortly after midem. Emerging from the encounter between singer/songwriter Imogen Heap and developers, "Takes Questions" is a response to artists' wish to communicate directly with their fans.

The closing date for submission of ideas is 4 January 2012. To access the entry form, click here.

Developers wishing to participate should click here.


Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.

Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organiser, with over 460 events in 36 countries covering 44 industry sectors. In 2010 Reed brought together over seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 34 fully staffed offices.



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Blues-Rock Guitarist and Guitar Center's King of the Blues Randy Scott to Play Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on Thursday,  December 8th, 2011

Blues-Rock Guitarist and Guitar Center's King of the Blues Randy Scott to Play Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on Thursday, December 8th, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Up-and-coming blues-rock guitarist and vocalist Randy Scott will be filling the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA with his fiery style and virtuosic playing on Thursday, December 8th. The show, slated to begin at 7:00pm, will also feature legendary guitarist Walter Trout who was a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as well as John Lee Hooker's band. The Canyon Club is located at 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3304. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Randy Scott drew early inspiration from his father's vinyl collection, which included B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Big Momma Thornton. After learning guitar chords from a relative at age 11, Scott went on to graduate from the Guitar Institute. After a few years of struggling and frustration with the music business, Scott stopped playing completely and sold every guitar he had. "When I stopped playing music, all I knew was that I wanted to get far away from it. I cut my hair, worked for a computer company and turned all my radio stations to AM talk radio. I felt that the music world had let me down, so I wanted to distance myself from it."

Nine years later Scott wandered into a Guitar Center where a store manager heard him playing and suggested he enter their annual King of the Blues competition, the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. He entered and went on to be crowned Guitar Center's 4th Annual King of The Blues.

Now, Scott has stormed back to the music scene, evolving from his status as the new guitar gunslinger from out of nowhere to being featured on the pages of Guitar World, who called his playing "extremely tasteful." Scott's debut album Out Of The Blue, due out early 2012, marks his triumphant return to his first love and passion: music. On Out Of The Blue, Scott is backed by Gary Novak (drums), Travis Carlton (bass) from Robben Ford's band, and Jeff Babko (keys) from Larry Carlton's band. Also featured on the album is guitar legend Albert Lee who called Scott "one of the best blues guitarists I've heard come along in a long time." Out Of The Blue is produced by two-time Grammy-winner Pete Anderson.

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Ticketmaster to Make a Donation to Lifebeat From Every Ticket Sold in U.S. Tomorrow, December 1st, World AIDS Day

Ticketmaster to Make a Donation to Lifebeat From Every Ticket Sold in U.S. Tomorrow, December 1st, World AIDS Day

Donations to help FIGHT HIV/AIDS

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tomorrow, December 1st, World AIDS Day, Ticketmaster will donate $.10 from every ticket sold in the United States to fight HIV/AIDS. Proceeds will benefit Lifebeat, the music industry's HIV/AIDS prevention charity in America.

"We are proud to stand alongside Lifebeat on World AIDS Day to help educate music fans about prevention of this deadly disease," said Nathan Hubbard, chief executive officer of Ticketmaster.

Last year, Ticketmaster donated more than $22,000, which enabled Lifebeat to provide safer sex education to over 30,000 concert goers throughout the U.S. and to put on over 200 live concerts in 2011 for people living with HIV/AIDS in the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas.

Live event fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster via phone, web or retail outlets beginning at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, December 1st, World AIDS Day, when Ticketmaster will donate $.10 for every ticket sold to Lifebeat.

Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. For almost 20 years, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the HIV-positive community. For more information visit:

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With operations spanning 19 countries, Ticketmaster is the world leader in event ticketing and ranks among the top five eCommerce sites globally. Ticketmaster is a division of Live Nation Entertainment. Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders:, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world's top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the world's top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit

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Bill Frisell December Itinerary Set for Promoting New Album "ALL WE ARE SAYING"

Bill Frisell December Itinerary Set for Promoting New Album "ALL WE ARE SAYING"

Master Guitarist Explores The Songs Of John Lennon

NPR Tiny Desk Concert, Lincoln Center Listening Party, Barnes & Noble In-Store and More Confirmed

"All We Are Saying is a glorious hymn to the art of playing together, of which Lennon would surely approve." The Independent

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consummate guitarist, composer and musical interpreter Bill Frisell is set for a slew of promotional activities in December to promote the release of his highly praised new project "ALL WE ARE SAYING"--his exploration of the songs of John Lennon. On December 5, Jazz At Lincoln Center will host a listening party and Q&A with Bill from 7-8pm at the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. Bill will appear at Barnes and Noble in NYC at 86(th) and Lexington on December 9(th) at 4pm for a Q&A and performance. On December 16, Frisell will tape a Tiny Desk Concert in the offices of NPR--airdate TBD. "ALL WE ARE SAYING" featuring his trusted ensemble consisting of Jenny Scheinman (violin), Tony Scherr (bass), Greg Leisz (guitars) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) remains firmly ensconced in the Top 20 of Billboard's jazz charts (both Contemporary and Current). In addition, Bill Frisell will perform alongside Jenny Scheinman at the Village Vanguard from December 6 through December 11.

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The project has long been in the works--one could go as far back as the first time he heard the Beatles at the age of 13. Fast forward a few decades and Frisell is asked to put together an impromptu set in honor of John Lennon as part of a special event in Paris. The preparation, performances and reception to these compositions was an inspiration nurtured to fruition with this project. The project is already garnering rave reviews from critics and fans alike (Frisell's Facebook page recorded 5000 "Likes" the first day of posting with hundreds of comments accumulating). Recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and produced by Lee Townsend, "ALL WE ARE SAYING" was released on Savoy Jazz on September 27.

Described by the Wall Street Journal as "the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years" Frisell's artistry has earned across the board praise for his instinctual musicianship--working both within and beyond the parameters of jazz music as he effortlessly incorporates elements of Americana, world, blues, classical, creating a rich and unique aural tapestry.

Says Frisell: "John Lennon's music has been with me, the band, everybody, the world...seems like forever. The songs are part of us. In our blood. There was nothing we really needed to do to prepare for this. We've been preparing our whole lives. The songs are there. All we had to do was play them. Everyone involved with this has their own personal, deep, long, relationship to John Lennon's music. It connects us all and brings us together. I feel blessed having the chance to play this music with these people.".

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26 North Yachts Publishes Worldwide Exclusive Podcast Interview with Horizon Yachts

26 North Yachts Publishes Worldwide Exclusive Podcast Interview with Horizon Yachts

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 26North Yachts has announced a worldwide exclusive podcast interview with Horizon Yachts, covering recent sales into China and the development of the Horizon 110 which looks set to challenge the popular Westport 112 and Hargrave 110 in the United States.

The audio podcast features an exclusive interview with Roger Sowerbutts, a product evangelist. He is based on the East Coast, U.S. for Horizon Yachts.

Horizon recently sold a Horizon 110 & 120 into China respectively. China currently accounts for 2% of their worldwide sales. Over the next 12 years it predicts at least another 4 sales into the rising Asian superpower.

"The infrastructure in China is very light as far as them being able to take boats of that size and use them in the way that they should be used. However, we certainly hope that this trend will continue," said Mr. Sowerbutts.

Australia is slowly making its presence felt as a major new buying destination for Horizon, pushed by a strong Aussie dollar and dampened sales in the U.S. and Europe.

Existing Horizon Yacht owners in Australia appear to be upgrading to larger vessels as they benefit from a stronger economy.

"We have been focused on the European market for a while because that is where the (smaller) boats are selling. Our market in U.S. tends to be more 76 and above. That's where we really see the most interest," said Mr. Sowerbutts.

The interview hinted that the upcoming release of the Horizon 110 may spark interest in the United States, which has traditionally favored models such as the Westport 112, Hargrave 110 and Lazzara 110.

The interview confirmed a relentless drive by Horizon to release new models, even as rivals downsize and others such as Lazzara, use new capital cash injections to focus on developing smaller, entry-level luxury yachts.

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Pitbull and Hot Chelle Rae to Join Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber Live From New York on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012"

Pitbull and Hot Chelle Rae to Join Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber Live From New York on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012"



LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pitbull and Hot Chelle Rae will join previously announced Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber as performers, live from New York, on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012." Jenny McCarthy will once again join the celebration by reporting live from Times Square with hosts Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest celebrating 40 years of "Rockin' Eve" history on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas will return to host the Los Angeles-based portions of the specials.

The bi-coastal celebration will include over 5 1/2 hours of special performances and reports on New Year's celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York City.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the cherished New Year's Eve celebration, the festivities will begin at 8:00 p.m., ET with a special two-hour event hosted by Jenny McCarthy and Fergie entitled "New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party."

The complete lineup beginning Saturday night, December 31 on ABC is:

"New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party" (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

"Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012" (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012, Part 1" (11:30 p.m. - 1:08 a.m., ET)

"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012, Part 2" (1:08-2:11 a.m., ET)

"Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012" is a presentation of dick clark productions, inc with Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and Orly Adelson serving as executive producers. Larry Klein produces.

About Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy is an actress, host, best-selling author, activist and entrepreneur. She recently reprised her recurring role on "Two and a Half Men" and her next book, "Sinner: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic," will be published in Fall 2012.

About Pitbull
Pitbull's sixth studio album, Planet Pit, features a host of pop music luminaries including Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, T-Pain and Kelly Rowland as well as star-studded producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, David Guetta and Benny Blanco. The knockout smash "Give Me Everything" featuring Ne-Yo marks Pitbull's first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop charts and is also a top ten hit in 15 countries. Pitbull's latest single, "International Love" featuring Chris Brown, is already making its way up the charts. Pitbull has also collaborated with some of music's biggest stars including Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and Shakira, to name a few. Even with the new album, Pitbull still found time to introduce Voli, his own line of premium, low-calorie vodka and a partnership with Sheets, the dissolvable energy strip. These entrepreneurial ventures are the latest for Pitbull, who has inked major sponsorship deals with blue-chip brands like Kodak, Dr Pepper and Bud Light.

About Hot Chelle Rae
Riding high with the announcement of their win as "Sprint Best New Artist" at the American Music Awards last week and the massive success of their two irresistible pop hit singles "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like It Like That," Hot Chelle Rae released their brand new album WHATEVER in stores yesterday, November 29th on RCA Records. Declared "one of the catchiest pop-rock anthems of the summer" by USA Today, "Tonight Tonight" crashed into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July, shot to No. 1 at Hot AC radio in September, and was certified double-platinum in the U.S., and platinum in Canada and Australia. The band's brand new single "I Like It Like That," which Entertainment Weekly called "bubbly elasti-funk" and an "official fall-resisting battle cry," is climbing the Top 40 radio and Hot AC charts, while the song's documentary-style video racked up over 1 million views in its first 3 days on VEVO.

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International Entertainment News Presents Exclusive Preview of Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present Presents Exclusive Preview of Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present

NOWNESS and Marina Abramovic to Co-Host Exclusive Screening Event for the Documentary Film During Art Basel Miami 2011

Exclusive Editorial Content to be Available on Beginning December 1, 2011

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In connection with Art Basel Miami 2011,, the digital leader in luxury storytelling, will premiere a preview of the highly anticipated documentary film Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present. In addition to the event, an editorial piece that will provide readers with further unique insights into the avant-garde artist will be available exclusively on beginning December 1, 2011.

NOWNESS and Marina Abramovic will hold a premiere for the film at the Soho Beach House on December 1, 2011. Press is invited to a pre-event screening from 6:30-7:00PM that evening.

Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present, directed by Matthew Akers and produced by Jeff Dupre and Maro Chermayeff, follows the "mother of performance art" around the world for one year - from Paris fashion shows, to India's Swaswara center, to her epic retrospective last year at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The documentary will air on HBO next year and will screen at major film festivals throughout 2012.

Kamel Ouadi, Executive Vice President of NOWNESS, said, "We are honored to be a part of this exciting project. Marina's vision and the film's expressive imagery and artistic concepts are consistent with the vision behind NOWNESS - to provide evocative and inspirational content that influences and is influenced by contemporary culture, and to redefine the way that our audiences experience art. Marina's choice to work with us reflects that NOWNESS has become an ideal online venue for cultural leaders to connect with audiences who appreciate their work, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our readers advance access to this powerful documentary."

Live updates of the exclusive event will be available on Twitter at #NOWNESSabmb.

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The House of Marley to Stir It Up at Ski Dazzle Los Angeles With Premium, Eco-Friendly Personal Audio Collection

The House of Marley to Stir It Up at Ski Dazzle Los Angeles With Premium, Eco-Friendly Personal Audio Collection

Satisfy Your Soul Tour Lets Fans Experience MARLEY Premium, Eco-Friendly Headphones, Available at Retailers Nationwide; Introducing Speakers, Docking Stations Early 2012

LOS ANGELES and COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The House of Marley carries its message of peace, love, and unity to Ski Dazzle 2011: The Los Angeles Ski Show and Snowboard Expo, December 1 - 4, 2011, helping to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the world's largest consumer ski & snowboard show and sale. The House of Marley will bring its MARLEY Satisfy Your Soul Tour to Ski Dazzle to showcase its full line of eco-friendly MARLEY audio gear, including a sneak preview of new docking stations and speakers, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall,Booth 230-233, next to the skate ramp.

The House of Marley delivers premium quality, eco-friendly products that embody the Marley family's values of equality, unity, authenticity, sustainability, and charity. MARLEY is comprised of three collections - Jammin', Freedom, and Destiny - and features noise isolating in-ear and on-ear headphones, active noise canceling over-ear headphones, docking stations, and portable audio systems. Suggested retail prices range from $29.99 to $499.99, offering superior audio products for "young gongs" to "conscious connoisseurs." MARLEY headphones are currently available at Becker Surf, Karmaloop, CCS, Beachworks and many other snow, surf and skate shops nationwide. Docking stations and speakers will be available in early 2012.

"Action sports has always been important to us, because that's where the roots people hang out," said Rohan Marley, Bob Marley's son, on behalf of the family. "Through his music, my father spread messages of love, hope, unity, and peace, and it is our family's responsibility and mission to bring his vision to a new generation. MARLEY audio products make perfect sense and are created with a focus on using sustainable products and providing exceptional sound that our family is proud to call our own."

The MARLEY Satisfy Your Soul Tour, currently traveling throughout Southern California, will offer fans at Ski Dazzle Los Angeles the chance to check out the new range of MARLEY headphones, engage in music mash-ups, and record a video singing their own version of a classic Marley song all from a fully restored MARLEY-inspired 1958 VW van. Learn more and find a schedule of upcoming events at

About The House of Marley:
Working together for a better world, The House of Marley was created from the belief in Bob Marley's vision of "One Love," offering a range of eco-conscious, innovative audio electronics products that adhere to the Marley family core values: equality, unity, authenticity, sustainability and charity. The House of Marley donates five percent (5%) of its annual profits to The epicenter of a global movement, is dedicated to spreading Bob Marley's message of unity and peace by lifting up a new generation of "young gongs" to strike the hammer for charities, causes and ideas that can change the world.

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About Ski Dazzle®
Ski Dazzle LLC is the producer of the Nation's Largest Consumer Ski & Snowboard Shows for over 30 years. Ski Dazzle® Snow Shows attract 180,000 ski, snowboard and active lifestyle attendees to Los Angeles, Chicago, the Bay Area and Sacramento.

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Giant MoonPie to Fall from Sky in Downtown Mobile

Giant MoonPie to Fall from Sky in Downtown Mobile


MOBILE, Ala., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The sounds of "Joy to the World" will be flowing through the streets of downtown Mobile on New Year's Eve. But don't get your holiday songs confused. Legendary music group Three Dog Night will be headlining the free Mobile celebration leading to the giant MoonPie Drop at midnight.

In addition to listening to the top hits of Three Dog Night and the opening acts, revelers will enjoy a Mardi Gras-style parade, a laser light show and spectacular fireworks. Whether you prefer RC Cola or a glass of champagne, ring in the New Year in downtown Mobile.

This year's free celebration will be located on the corner of Government Boulevard and Royal Street. The new stage location will allow for larger crowds and great views of the MoonPie and the fireworks shows. The 12-foot-tall electronic MoonPie will descend from the 34-story RSA BankTrust skyrise as the city welcomes 2012 and the beginning of Mardi Gras season.

"Downtown Mobile is going to be the place to be this New Year's Eve," said Mayor Sam Jones. "Last year we had more than 40,000 people attend MoonPie Over Mobile and we hope to make it even larger this year." First started in 2008, MoonPie Over Mobile gives locals and tourists a chance to experience New Year's Eve with a bit of Mardi Gras flavor. "It is time to 'Celebrate,' just like the Three Dog Night song."

Why a MoonPie?

Mobile is the home of America's first Mardi Gras celebration, and the MoonPie is the favored "throw" of the hundreds of Mardi Gras maskers riding the floats during the extensive Mardi Gras parade season. MoonPies were first thrown from Mardi Gras floats in 1952. Today, Mobile consumes more than four million MoonPies annually, and has adopted the delicious treat as an informal emblem. For the MoonPie Over Mobile celebration, this southern city has teamed up with Chattanooga Bakery, the maker of the iconic MoonPie marshmallow sandwich, to create the largest electronic MoonPie as the featured attraction for its New Year's Eve celebration. This is the third year an electronic version of the delicious treat will light up downtown Mobile.

Mardi Gras was first discovered in the New World in 1703 at Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff, the first settlement in Mobile. The first masked parading society, the Cowbellion de Rakin society, was formed in 1830. Mobile currently has more than 50 parading and non-parading organizations. An estimated 850,000 people attend parades, parties and other organizations associated with the carnival festivities. This number will likely increase with the enhanced MoonPie Over Mobile celebration.

MoonPie Over Mobile Timeline - December 31, 2011

-- 12:30 a.m. - Three Dog Night performance concludes. Crowds enter
downtown bars, restaurants and hotels to continue celebrating the New
-- Midnight - Laser and fireworks show over downtown Mobile.
-- 11:59 p.m. - Countdown starts as the giant MoonPie descends from atop
the RSA BankTrust Building.
-- 11:30 p.m. - Light show begins downtown.
-- 11:00 p.m. - Three Dog Night performs on the Main Stage.
-- 8:30 - 11:00 p.m. - Live entertainment on the Main Stage.
-- 7:30 p.m. - New Year's Eve Parade, Mardi Gras Style.
For details on MoonPie Over Mobile, visit Information on visiting Mobile and images can be found at More information on Three Dog Night is available at B-Roll and images are available upon request.

Media Contacts:Barbara Drummond, Communications DirectorCity of Mobile251/208-7807 (phone)

Bill Lang, Director of Public RelationsPCH Hotels & Resorts205/298-7128

2011 MoonPie Over Mobile Fun Facts

-- The now-famous Three Dog Night name came from a story about Australian
natives who, on cold nights in the outback, sleep with their dogs for
warmth. The coldest evenings are known as a "three dog night." Hopefully
Mobile's New Year's Eve weather will be a bit milder for the MoonPie
-- The first MoonPie Over Mobile celebration was held on Dec. 31, 2008 and
was the idea of Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson. Councilman
Richardson continues to serve on the Mobile City Council.
-- Mardi Gras is big business in Mobile. More than 12,811 jobs are directly
related to Mardi Gras in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The annual
economic impact is more than $227 million in direct carnival spending.
-- Mardi Gras first appeared in Mobile in 1703, the first location in the
United States. MoonPies were first thrown from Mardi Gras floats in 1952
and have become Mobile's favorite "throw" ever since.
-- The original MoonPies are made by Chattanooga Bakery in Chattanooga, TN.
Mobile consumes more than 4 million MoonPies annually.
-- The MoonPie will drop 317 feet in 60 seconds from atop the 34th floor of
the RSA BankTrust Building.
-- The giant MoonPie weighs 350 pounds and is 12 feet tall.

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midem Festival to Rock Cannes

midem Festival to Rock Cannes

Artists to preview new albums on the Croisette

PARIS, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural midem Festival today announces the initial line-up of international artists who are set to rock Cannes during three days of live performances, January 28-30, 2012, marking the first time that midem concerts have been open to a paying public.

The combo of international headliners and up-and-coming artists includes The Ting Tings, 2 Many DJ's, Selah Sue, Shaka Ponk, Brigitte, Stuck in the Sound, OrelSan and Skip The Use. They'll play in a specially-constructed, 3,500 capacity venue set up on Cannes' Palm Beach Croisette esplanade.

With hit titles "That's not my name" and "Shut up and let me go," British dance-oriented indie pop duo The Ting Tings' debut album "We Started Nothing" went straight to #1 in the UK charts in May 2008, selling over two million albums worldwide, while their single, "That's Not My Name" also entered the UK charts at #1.

The midem Festival appearance kicks off The Ting Tings (Katie White and Jules De Martino) 2012 European tour and will feature tracks from their up-coming second album "Sounds From Nowheresville."

International Belgian stars of the electro stage 2manyDJs, aka Soulwax groove-gurus David and Stephen Dewaele, have put together a collection of 24, one-hour remixes of classic hits from around the world. Remixing 45 songs together in one hour of music is one thing. Making that hour a consistent exploration of the history of pop music is quite another. The Dewaele brothers' work includes acclaimed remixes of The Stooges' 'No Fun' with Salt 'N' Pepa's 'Push It' and Basement Jaxx's 'Where's Your Head At' with Emerson Lake & Palmer's 'Theme From Peter Gun.' They've become two of the busiest, most in demand DJs/remixers/musicians/producers in the world and have toured consistently, both as a live electronic rock band (Soulwax) and as 2manyDJs (and often both at the same time).

21 year old Belgian singer Selah Sue said she was not destined to become an artist. "I grew up in a really little town in Belgium, and none of my family was into music." Released in March 2011 and sung in English, her first album "Selah Sue" reached Platinum Record status in France and was the biggest surprise of the year, to the point that the young prodigy of white soul music received the prestigious Prix Constantin for best young musical talent of 2011.

Red Hot Chili Peppers meet Frank Zappa, Manu Chao meets ZZ Top, AC/DC meets Talking Heads. And once all those meetings have taken place...welcome to Shaka Ponk, the French rock band obsessed with sound, image, video and design, recognisable in its omnipresent iconic virtual monkey and spokesperson Goz. With an invigorating and restless energy, hip hop fuses with electro, metal uses sequences and rap phrasings, and puzzle-pieces from across the globe are brought together into the fiery-hot Shaka-mix.

French retro folk duo Brigitte (Sylvie Hoarau and Aurelie Maggiori) saw their 2011 debut album "Et vous, tu m'aimes?" go Platinum in France. In 2010, Brigitte recorded a glitzy cover version of French rap king JoeyStarr's hit song "Ma Benz" and gained a huge buzz on social networks for it. Retro, funny, glamorous and crazy about hip hop, ABBA and Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte is considered by many as one of the hottest sounds to come out of France in recent years.

Four-piece Parisian indie rock band Stuck In The Sound released their debut album "Never Mind The Living Dead" in 2006 and gained a growing reputation for incredibly energetic live performances. After "Shoegazing Kids" in 2009, Stuck In The Sound will unveil its third album, "Pursuit," at the midem Festival.

Often called the 'French Eminem,' 29 year old hip hop and rap artist OrelSan is fast gaining notoriety on the music scene since his 2009 debut album "Perdu d'avance." No stranger to controversy, some of his most radical lyrics have seen him banned from festivals and stages. However, his writing style and arrangements have garnered him a faithful following among hip hop and rap fans. Released in September 2011, "Le chant des sirenes" is OrelSan's second album.

Driven by their emblematic lead singer Mat Bastard, the French electro-rock band from Lille, Skip The Use, is known and praised for robust and wildly entertaining stage performances. In 2011, Skip The Use launched a special blog detailing the recording of their new album "Sound From The Shadow" and up-coming album "Can Be Late," scheduled for release in early 2012.

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