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2014-03-26 12:26:03

Leading Independent Record Company is Home to Artists Such as Gnarls Barkley, Miike Snow, Santigold, Chet Faker and Mos Def and Has a Catalog of Over 5,000 Songs BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Relativity, a next-generation media company, today announced that the company has acquired a stake in Downtown Records, the music industry's leading independent record company. Relativity's capital injection will help Downtown, which has a catalog of over...

2011-07-20 07:00:00

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Guerilla Union and House of Blues Entertainment today announced a strategic alliance that will bring festival brands and unique properties to the club and theater circuit and in doing so create North America's premiere live hip hop partnership. The pairing will roll out a massive distribution channel via 150 shows in 44 venues in over 30 markets with dozens of club and theater tours annually, including Rock The Bells, Paid Dues, Spring...

2010-11-18 17:05:00

PHOENIX, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Artist Boycott of Arizona, The Sound Strike, gains momentum as commercial boycott of Arizona performances grows. Internationally recognized and award winning group My Chemical Romance (MCR) canceled a concert performance mistakenly booked for May 24, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. In a statement released online the band said: "We want to apologize to all our fans for the cancellation of our Phoenix show on May 24, 2011. This show should have never been...

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2010-09-04 08:20:00

In a series of innovative collaborations this summer -- including a public service announcement with recording artist Mary J. Blige and a 'physics of football' segment at recent National Football League youth camps -- NASA is getting the word out that studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is a great way to open the door to a bright future.The latest effort in this series will debut Labor Day Weekend at events in Florida and California. Using cutting-edge, holographic...

2010-01-06 10:24:00

An Impressive Array of New and Encore Programming Before and During Black History Month ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Throughout the year, PBS invites viewers to explore the vast contributions of African Americans. In honor and celebration of Black History Month, February 2010, PBS presents new and encore programs, beginning in January and continuing through February. 2010 brings a new primetime series hosted by Tavis Smiley. On Wednesday, January 27, TAVIS SMILEY...

2009-10-06 07:30:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today dropped the needle on DJ Hero's(TM) full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time. On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party...

2009-09-10 11:27:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadillac Records - Music From The Motion Picture, the critically-acclaimed Music World/Columbia Records soundtrack album, has proven the year's biggest success on America's Blues Albums charts. Propelled by Beyonce's emotional rendering of "At Last," the song she performed at the 2009 Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's first dance as First Couple, Cadillac Records - Music From The Motion Picture has ruled the Billboard Blues...

2009-06-17 12:39:00

Rock Super-Group Chickenfoot and Pre-Eminent Hip Hop Artist Mos Def Score the #(4) and #(9) Albums in Country, Respectively LOS ANGELES, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Fontana, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has topped the national albums chart this week with two albums in the Top 10: the self-titled debut of Chickenfoot (#4)(Red Line) and Mos Def's Ecstatic (#9) (Downtown), according to Nielsen Soundscan. "Everyone at Fontana...

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2008-12-02 13:13:04

U.S. actor and hip-hop artist Mos Def says he watched Chuck Berry footage on YouTube to prepare for playing the music icon in Cadillac Records. I read his (self-titled) autobiography, which is a very good read, Def told reporters in New York Monday. YouTube was really helpful, he recalled. The autobiography was really helpful because a lot of it is written in the manner in which you would imagine Chuck Berry speaking if he were writing an autobiography, which is sort of flowery and it has...

2006-09-01 17:05:37

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. rapper Mos Def was given a summons after being arrested for giving an impromptu performance on Thursday night outside Radio City Music Hall where the MTV Video Music Awards were being presented, police said. A New York City Police Department spokesman said on Friday that Mos Def, whose real name is Dante Smith, had been given a summons for operating a sound reproduction device without a permit. "He was using a sound system on the street," the spokesman...