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CITY HAZE GARNERS 36K+ DOWNLOADS WITH “ALL ABOUT YOU”

Produced by Up & Coming beat maker Jimba Frosty , The South Bronx/Brooklyn Native City Haze releases his first single “All About You Ft.LD & Jhoni” off of his soon to come sophomore street album ‘Star Of The City’. Only a week after its release with already landing on some of Hip Hop’s most popular…

THE HONEY BROTHERS TOUR DOC VIDEO HERE

The Honey Brothers turned heads with an impromptu “new wave folk” sing-a-long at truck-stop diner on a recent Northeast tour. The video clip below documents moments like this as well as performances of their new songs “Demonstration” and “Won’t Last Long,” showcasing the infectious live show that first captured the interest of now drummer Honey…

ASTRA SET TO ISSUE DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE WEIRDING’ / JPEG

San Diego based progressive rock band ASTRA has completed work on its hotly-anticipated debut album, entitled The Weirding.   The record will see a June 23 North American release date via Rise Above Records. View the album cover: SKOPE IT HERE! www.myspace.com/astrasound

MATT NATHANSON’S “COME ON GET HIGHER” GOES PLATINUM

“Come On Get Higher,” the second hit single from singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson’s current album, Some Mad Hope, has been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA for digital sales exceeding 1 million track downloads.    The single continues to sell 35,000 downloads a week, ranking it #33 on the Hot Digital Tracks Chart.   The single is…

CAZWELL OFFERS MP3 & VIDEO FOR “I SEEN BEYONCE AT BURGER KING”

Few new artists embody the spirit of downtown NYC more completely than Cazwell. A leading figure in the renaissance of New York City nightlife that has taken place over the last five years, Cazwell’s music a ridiculously fun mix of electrified dance music and old school hip hop–is the perfect example of the new spirit…

EPITAPH SIGNS SINGER-SONGWRITER FRANK TURNER

English punk turned folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has signed to Epitaph Records with plans to release his third studio album, Poetry of the Deed, in September.   The news comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the punk rock influenced bard will be performing his solo-acoustic act in front of his largest crowds…

MVD Visual, Kill The Record Labels

There is a war going and it is putting hip hop artists against the music industry. This newest DVD offering from MVD Visual explores a side of hip hop that most are not familiar with. Directors Charles Rand & T. Thomas set out to expose & research various issues that are hurting the hip hop…

DMB LIVE FROM THE BEACON THEATRE ON FUSE TV

Madison Square Garden’s national music network Fuse and MSG Entertainment today announced they will present Dave Matthews Band live at the Beacon Theatre on Monday, June 1. Fuse, the only national network dedicated to music, will also telecast “Fuse Presents Dave Matthews Band: Live from the Beacon Theatre” in high-definition and commercial-free on the eve…

GUCCI MANE ANNOUNCES SIGNING TO WARNER BROS. RECORDS

GUCCI MANE has today announced his signing to Warner Bros. Records where he will release his new studio album in August, it also marks the end of his relationship with Big Cat Records. Big Cat is to release its final CD on GUCCI MANE today that consists of pre-2007 recordings and outtakes that were not…

EMINEM BRINGING GUESTS TO JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

Not only will Eminem be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Friday, but he’s also bringing some special guests.   Billboard.com reports that Em and Kimmel will fly about 200 laid-off autoworkers from Detroit to Los Angeles for the taping of the show.   It will air on ABC at 12:05 AM.

IRV GOTTI DROPS ASHANTI

Irv Gotti and Ashanti were once inseparable, however, things have clearly changed. Gotti told MTV News that the singer is no longer a part of his label, The Inc, after eight years together.   Irv explained their “relationship has run its course” and added that their views and philosophies were just not meeting up.  …

TOMMY LEE MAKES A STUDIO

Tommy Lee has opened up a recording studio in his Calabasas, California home.   The studio is called The Atrium and was created specifically to provide an environment that inspires creativity.   The place is mainly just for private use but the Motley Crue drummer plans to open the doors to it to friends so…

QUEEN LATIFAH WANTS YOU ON HER ALBUM

DigitalSpy.com reports Queen Latifah is giving new talent the opportunity to record a track for her forthcoming Persona LP. The songwriter with a “fresh new voice and a hot new song” will compose for the album. In addition, the winning artist will be given the opportunity to record the track as a duet with Latifah.…

MIKE SHINODA MAKES NEW KICKS

Mike Shinoda has once again teamed up with DC Shoes for a new brand of sneakers.   This time, the Linkin Park man has helped create the Xander Remix, a lighter summer version of his Xander line.   He says the kicks were inspired by his Japanese heritage.   Proceeds from sales of the shoes…

SPENCER PRATT STEPPING TO ASHER ROTH?

Spencer Pratt recently released the rap song “I’m a Celebrity” to promote his upcoming stint on the reality show, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!   The newlywed Hills star revealed that the song is just a taste of what fans can expect from his rap album.   He told MTVNews.com that he’s “always…

WHO IS AMERICA’S BEST DJ?

This competition features 100 American-born DJs that DJ Times Editors hand selected and fans vote on through www.americasbestdj.net. It’s really cool because this competition does a lot to bring dance music fans together as opposed to bringing them apart. There are so many different dance music sub-genres and you’ll see that there is a diverse…

JAY Z ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

International superstar JAY-Z officially announced today that he will headline a series of intimate performances to connect with fans as he takes a break from putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, The Blueprint 3. Backed by his full band, the exclusive engagements begin July 3rd at the Pearl in the Palms Casino in…

ITUNES & STEVE MADDEN HOOK UP WITH JESSE JAMES

Today, iTunes started featuring Jessie James’ sultry   “Wanted” video as the “Video Of The Week,” after more than 180,000 folks had viewed the video on her MySpace page, since it launched three weeks ago.   iTunes has also made “Wanted” available for sale With the single hitting at radio (over 60 stations across the…

THE DONNAS TO RELEASE GREATEST HITS JULY 7

In celebration of 16 impressive years playing blissfully high-powered rock and roll, unrivaled all-female quartet The Donnas will deliver a career-spanning retrospective entitled The Donnas Greatest Hits, Vol 16 July 7th on their own Purple Feather Records. The comprehensive album features two brand new songs, two never-before-heard b-sides from their self-released 2007 album Bitchin, live…

THE CAB UNVEILS NEW EP

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group The Cab has announced details of their upcoming new EP.   “WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS…” will be available via iTunes and all leading DSPs on June 16th. The EP is highlighted by the single, “Take My Hand (Remix),” featuring guest vocals from Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope.   The track —…

DIRTFEDD TO RELEASE ‘THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE’ JUNE 2

E1 Music is set to release heavy metal band Dirtfedd’s debut album, The American Nightmare, on June 2nd, 2009. The album was produced by M. Shawn Crahan (Clown) from Slipknot.   Crahan discovered the Lincoln, Nebraska band and describes the music as “right here right now.” He goes on to express his excitement at working…

JON FOREMAN ON HUNGER STRIKE FOR DARFUR

Recording artist Jon Foreman joined the DARFUR FAST FOR LIFE today following activist-actress Mia Farrow and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson. A longtime activist and front man for multi-platinum selling rock band Switchfoot, Foreman will undertake a water-only fast in order to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis currently taking place in…

THE DATE FARMERS DESIGN N.A.S.A SKATE BOARD

Now, in another group effort, The Date Farmers have designed a limited edition N.A.S.A skate deck that was manufactured by Girl Skateboards. The rare boards are available online and feature a download card for The Spirit of Apollo designed by Mark Gonzales. SKOPE IT HERE!

HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON TO BRING BACK WORLD-FAMOUS GOSPEL BRUNCH

Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits.   The world-famous House of Blues Gospel Brunch will return to Boston on Sunday, May 17, 2009.   This award winning Gospel Brunch on Sundays is a one-of-a-kind celebration that nourishes the body and soul while making the cultural and musical gift of gospel available to all.  …

PHIL AND THE OSOPHERS RELEASE “WE HAVE ALL SUMMER” MP3

Phil and the Osophers have put out five albums via their own sustainable label, Factual Fabrications.   They pride themselves on carefully crafted philosophical lyrics.   Their latest release “Toward Conquering The Invisible North” recieved rave reviews and garnered a delightful video for High Art, in which the band perform laser eye surgery on a…

SALLY SHAPIRO NEW SINGLE “MIRACLE”

Sally’s  debut “Disco Romance” will come out in early fall of 2009. Sally will first be releasing her single “Miracle” on Paper Bag Records in North America on June 16th. “Miracle” is written and produced by Johan Agebjörn and Roger Gunnarsson, and includes a remix by up-and-coming Bulgarian producer Bogdan Irkük.

JASON MRAZ UNVEILS HIS “GRATITUDE CAFÉ TOUR”

Jason Mraz has announced details of his eagerly awaited summer tour schedule.   The Grammy-nominated tunesmith will headline the “Gratitude Café Tour,” set to kick off on Saturday, July 25th at the world famous Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.   Atlantic recording artist Mraz will be joined on the North American trek by very…

ZIGGY MARLEY ‘B IS FOR BOB’ TO BE RELEASED JUNE 23

B is for Bob, a collection of Bob Marley’s most beloved songs re-imagined for kids, will be released June 23 by UMe/Island/Tuff Gong. The international musical legend’s eldest son, four-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, executive produced the album, which bridges the gap between the timeless Bob Marley and a new generation of kids. www.ziggymarley.com

NEW VIDEO FROM NIGHTRIDERS “SHAKEDOWN”

Nightriders are the Boston dance duo; Matt Johnson and Joe Faria, where a chance meeting in 2004 at Boston’s legendary superclub, Avalon, (and many drinks later); formed a solid friendship. Little did they know that their similar tastes in music and their technical teamwork would be the essential ingredients of Nightriders in the making.

Joe Parillo Trio with Jay Hoggard, Segments

As Segments begins, you have no idea where you are. Perhaps you have been transplanted into a fantasy sequence of a movie? The first 30 seconds of the opening track, “Intro/Clouds,” definitely inspire this mystical feeling, with a small orchestra playing a theme that segues into a beautiful piano/vibraphone duet. The vibraphone is a pretty…

REV RUN’S SON BUSTED WITH MARIJUANA

MTV News reports Rev Run’s oldest son, Joseph “Jojo” Simmons, was arrested on Friday night for allegedly buying marijuana and attempting to flee from the cops. A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said Simmons was booked on two misdemeanor charges of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest and a violation for…

CHRISETTE MICHELE TOPS CIARA

It’s all about album sales these days, and according to HitsDailyDouble.com, Chrisette Michele is expected to out-sell Ciara. Yes, Michele’s sophomore Epiphany album is predicted to rake in five to ten thousand copies more than Ci Ci’s Fantasy Ride LP. Hmmm, which album did you go out and support?

KATY PERRY CREATES FASHION LINE

Katy Perry has designed a signature line for Fashion Against AIDS.   According to the New York Daily News, the singer designed a trendy bodysuit that will be sold for $16.90.   Other designers included Estelle, N.E.R.D., Yoko Ono, Dita von Teese and more.   The Fashion Against AIDS line will hits H&M stores on…