Friday, May 21, 2010

Polarity/1 Gives Away New EP FREE MONEY (But You Have To Pay) Released For Free Downloading


Polarity/1 recently released his new EP, "FREE MONEY (But You Have To Pay)." The EP is a collection of many songs the artist has written about the free-falling American economy. With this 9 track album Polarity/1 addresses the predatory financial system and those who suffer its consequences.

"Free Money" and "I'm So Broke" were featured in the 2006 documentary "In Debt We Trust," directed by Danny Schechter which predicted the economic downturn and subprime mortgage crisis. Nicknamed "The News Dissector," Emmy Award winning Schechter investigates the criminal aspects of the catastrophe in his latest film "Plunder" which features the songs, "Plunder" and "Home Sweet Home."

Other songs on the album include "Winter In America (Chills To The Bone)," "St. James Infirmary," "Home Sweet Home Cliff's Notes," and "In Debt We Trust Cliff's Notes." All songs were produced by Polarity/1.

The artist Rubio provided additional vocals on "I'm So Broke", while D.A.V. was a guest vocalist on "Plunder" and "Winter In America."

"Home Sweet Home," the venerable classic composed in 1823 by John Howard Payne and Sir Henry Bishop, has been updated with new lyrics by Polarity/1. The blues classic "St. James Infirmary" has received the same treatment. The other songs were composed by Polarity/1; "I'm So Broke" was written by Polarity/1 and Rubio.

P/1 explains the purpose of this new release: "I want these songs to be given away and shared in order to transform the humiliation of being victimized into action for change. The shifting of role of the financial sector from financing a strong national economy to enriching itself has been bi-partisan in its destructiveness. The nightmare of losing a job or a home is not a red or a blue picture."

The FREE MUSIC (But You Have To Pay) EP is available for download at no cost at: .

About Polarity/1
The music of Polarity/1 is exactly what the name suggests: conjoined opposites - a mash-up of new: cutting edge electronica/hip hop/nu-jazz and old: roots music of America (blues, funk, country, early jazz), Brazil (samba, pagode, etc.) and West African groove science. "Polar succeeds in his mission of forcing you to pay attention and not lull into the sounds you 'expect' to hear," noted

To listen to more of Polarity/1's music, check out his MySpace page @

Contact: Eric de Fontenay
18-14 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 278-0662

Stephen Michael Apatow Aka H-II Releases "No Fear" The Soundtrack

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Music Artist Stephen Michael Apatow Aka H-II announces the release of the soundtrack "No Fear," that is now added to the album compilation "Outside of the Box." The song follows the theme of the album project "Connecting to the higher power, key to recovery." Tracks include:

No Fear
The Warriors Code
If You Loved Me
Rock The World
Seize The Moment
Push for the Summit
All I Want
I Will Rise

Stephen Michael Apatow [1] is also founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute [2] and the United Nations Arts Initiative. [3] Protective Forces in Humanitarian Relief Operations, Non Lethal Fires, and Intervention Initiatives are the focus of the UNArts: Humanitarian Intervention Initiative (H-II) [4]. The objectives are to increase exposure, strategic planning, development and implementation of relief efforts for the world's most complicated emergencies.


1. Stephen Michael Apatow, Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative. Url:
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4. Humanitarian Intervention Initiative (H-II): Humanitarian Resource Institute, United Nations Arts Initiative. Url:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Classical Pianist Rick Starmer Mixes Up A Blend Of Music On His New CD, Because I Can’t Paint Which Is Due Out On Sunset Classics This June 1


Classical Pianist Rick Starmer mixes up a blend of music on his new CD, Because I Can't Paint which is due out on Sunset Classics this June 1.

Rick Starmer's classical gem hits stores on June 1 with his new record label, Sunset Classics at Sunset Classics & Jazz (SCJ).

A CD once a title with a little color never hurts, but (Rick) Starmer has put down a full length modern day classical set of music on one CD, Because U Can't Paint. And, the Sunset Classics & Jazz (SC&J) division will release the CD to stores around the world on June 1st. Don Lichterman, the head of SC&J says, "these recordings by Rick (Starmer), are some of the more important piano compositions we have released to date at Sunset Classics, and this CD has already proven to add to the incredible groundwork we have spent building the repertoire in the classical division at Sunset."

Aficionados of classical music can hear influences to Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Debussy, Pugno and Diémer and Lichterman goes on to say, "my goal at Sunset Classics is to make every title we release an essential part of the collection for everyone that listens to classical music."

This modern day classical performance that ends up on the "Because I Can't Paint" CD, offers more than just a surfeit amount of accessibility, excitement, intrigue and absolute entertainment. Songs by (Rick) Starmer have been described on SKY.FM to be a "technical piece of the greatest clarity and brilliance," and you can hear Starmer on current rotation at top classical and new age radio stations in Syracuse (WAER - 88.3 FM), Binghamton (WSKG - 89.3 FM & 91.5 FM), Ithaca (90.9 FM), Oneonta/Cooperstown (91.7FM), Elmira (91.1 FM), Corning (90.7 FM), Clear Channel / I Heart Radio, Virgin Hit Lab Radio, Jango, Last FM, Pandora and many more stations around the world. The diverse pianist will also play live in June at the Community Restaurant Theatre in Cortland, New York.

The energy, vigor and enthusiasm of his (Rick Starmer) playing are mesmerizing and dazzling for a classical styled of music artist. Thus, songs like "Ave C. & 9th" and "Where Are You?" are the two songs that start off the long journey of music on the Because I Can't Paint CD, while "Kayla" and "Kayla Walk" are vivid recordings that help make up a coloristic palette of music on this CD. The polished end result on songs like his "Dad/Son" are a natural and accessible appealing story made up in a musical composition. And, the sense of obvious energies on songs like, "East River Sunrise" and "Winter Soul" make up the full length tangible CD for classical music fans. "He's an absolute brilliant pianist," says (Don) Lichterman, and that "every song on this CD is alluring to classical music fans." (Rick) Starmer plays with a certain emotional response and is essentially considered to be a pure modern day classical music performer.

(Rick) Starmer's 2010 recordings is an array of musical composition produced, written and performed by the classical and new age artist. His subtle and tactful clarity is how his playing can be strongly characterized and the Lichterman makes no bones about using Starmer's music from this new CD for film and commercial productions." The label has also begun to set the CD at all retail outlets around the world, and the CD will be set up digitally at the top outlets that sell downloads, streams and ringtones beginning June 1 this year. This well immaculate sounding works of music will be made available everywhere on June 1.

Track listing: RICK STARMER (Because I Can't Paint)
Where Are You?
Ave. C & 9th
Kayla Six
Angel Whisperer
Kayla Walk
My Head
Empty Auditorium
Winter Soul
Taste You, Paint This
East River Sunrise
She Doesn't Know I'm Watching

About Sunset Classics & Jazz (SC&J)
Sunset is a privately owned Don Lichterman Company. Sunset is one of the leading independent record labels and entertainment companies in the world. The Sunset Group of Entertainment Companies, and its global operation, acquire, develop, and distribute major music recording artists, home visual entertainment products, online-digital entertainment technologies and music and filmed entertainment worldwide. Sunset's four major divisions are the Sunset Distributed Label Group, the Sunset Strategic Marketing and Licensing Division, the Radio Sunset Network and the Sunset Filmed Entertainment Division.

Alternative Rock Group SoulSpill's Debut Album "Last Mondays Storm" Now Available On ITunes

"Last Mondays Storm," the debut album of alternative rock/grunge band SoulSpill is now available on iTunes. The five member group includes Kevin McKinnie singing lead, Eric Taysom playing rhythm guitar and singing backup vocals, Jesse Howard on lead guitar, Josh Corbet on the bass guitar. and Joel Burns smashing the skins.

The compilation of SoulSpill's songs on this album foreshadows a prolific music career in the genres of rock and grunge, and their musical composition and style is a true testament to the skills each musician contributes to the band's competence.

Though the group is Grunge/Alternative based, it has not stopped them from dabbling with other styles including some Bluesy and Funky grooves. SoulSpill displays the structure and chemistry of a band that can create waves in the Alternative Music scene.

Click on any of the sites below to connect with SoulSpill and listen to tracks from "Last Mondays Storm":

"Last Monday's Storm" can be purchased at iTunes at:

Eric de Fontenay
Music Dish LLC
18-14 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 278-0662

One FREE Fab Faux Ticket For Children 18 Or Under - Band Is Coming To Lisner In Washington On 5/22



Saturday, May 22nd, 8:00PM
HK Entertainment presents
The Fab Faux
The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Lisner Box Office, TicketMaster, 202-397-SEAT.
Group Discounts Available For 10 or more tickets visit For 50 or more tickets email or call Hal Korin directly at 732-997-4253.

The Fab Faux return to Washington D.C. for the fourth year in a row, with a 5/22 concert at Lisner Auditorium.

Here is an extraordinary live, in-studio performance of 'Abbey Road', side two - please take a moment to check it out:

The Fab Faux commemorated the 43rd Anniversary of The Beatles' performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with an appearance Late Show with David Letterman. Check out their fantastic recreation of 'I Am The Walrus' here:

Best-selling Rock Critic and Sirius Radio Host Dave Marsh, says: "The Fab Faux have the hardest job in the history of R & R and they pull it off damn well. All rock bands want to be like the Beatles; these guys have the nerve to BE the Beatles. Amazingly, they're so good at it you learn new things about the originals"

"They do the one thing, no amount of officially sanctioned Beatles merchandise can do... bring The Beatles music back to life."

The Fab Faux keeps Beatlemania alive and prospering

Fab Faux bring Beatles tunes to New Brunswick
East Brunswick native Jack Petruzzelli plays keyboards & guitar


The Fab Faux Return to Washington, D.C. for May 22nd Concert at Lisner Auditorium

The Fab Faux will return to Washington, D.C. for the fourth year in a row, with a May 22nd concert at Lisner Auditorium.

The May 22nd event, a presentation of HK Entertainment, will feature a 'Glorious Hodgepodge' of Beatles music, as The Fab Faux are joined by Creme Tangerine Strings and Hogshead Horns.

For those of us who never got to see The Beatles in concert, we're fortunate to have The Fab Faux dedicate themselves to faithfully recreating some of the most extraordinary music ever written.

The Fab Faux brings together the talents of five of New York's most respected musicians: Will Lee of Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Vivino, formerly of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Rich Pagano, who has performed with Rosanne Cash and Ray Davies, Jack Petruzzelli, who has toured and recorded with Joan Osborne, Patti Smith and Rufus Wainwright, and Frank Agnello, whose musical credits include Phoebe Snow, Marshall Crenshaw and Joey Molland of Badfinger.

The Fab Faux are now in a league of their own, consistently performing music that The Beatles themselves never played live. Beginning with a pair of concerts at Webster Hall in late '07, the band has reached a new level of fan support as well as media awareness, with growing coverage including ABC-TV World News Tonight with Charles Gibson, NPR, Rolling Stone, Associated Press, Reuters Newswire, NY-1 News, The New York Times, NY Post, New Yorker, NY Sun, Hollywood Reporter, Time Out NY, The Nation and much more. An NPR Morning Edition segment ( ) praised the group as a "Collective that's about attention to detail." A Front Page feature in The Hollywood Reporter noted: "After nearly 10 years together, (they) find themselves in the midst of a surprising leap from club fringe to center stage..." Critics have weighed in, and have described the band as nothing less than "Brilliant" (AP). A live concert review in THE described their show as "Almost magical." Read Jimmy Vivino's interview with EXPRESS (a publication of THE WASHINGTON POST, here,)
Read Will Lee's interview with GLIDE MAGAZINE here:

The Fab Faux celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a sold-out concert at New York's legendary Radio City Music Hall, and delivered a 36-song marathon performance that began with 'Magical Mystery Tour' and ended three hours later with 'Hey Jude' -- with the audience of more than 6,000 people on its feet. Their 10th Anniversary 'Psychedelia!' concert was The Fab Faux's largest headlining concert ever, their largest-ever sold out concert, and their largest NY concert-to-date as well.

The Fab Faux commemorated the 43rd Anniversary of The Beatles' performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a February '07 appearance Late Show with David Letterman. Check out their fantastic recreation of 'I Am The Walrus' here:

In other news, band member Rich Pagano recently celebrated the release of his solo CD, Rich Pagano + the sugarCane Cups, a classic influenced rock and roll record of angst and escapism which has received rave reviews and notable coverage including, The CW Network, GOOD DAY NY and much more. Blurt Magazine described the CD as "one of the best albums of 2009." After years of working behind the scenes to make extraordinary music for and with some of the industry's most revered artists, Pagano decided it was time to work on a record of his own. Pagano is known for his expertise in producing, recording or playing drums live, with artists including Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Robbie Robertson, Ray Davies, Willie Nile, gospel icon Marie Knight, Joan Osborne, Levon Helm, Mott The Hoople legend Ian Hunter and of course The Fab Faux, among others. The CD features guest performances by Trey Anastasio, Ian Hunter and The Fab Faux. Visit for more info.

With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles). Far beyond a cover band, they play the music of The Beatles so impeccably that one must experience it to believe it. Imagine hearing complex material like "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "I Am the Walrus" performed in complete part-perfect renditions; or such harmony-driven songs as "Because", "Nowhere Man", and "Paperback Writer", reproduced not only note-for-note, but with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect.

The musical virtuosity of The Fab Faux - in actuality five of the hardest working musicians in NYC - completely up-ends the concept of a Beatles tribute band. Far beyond being extended sets of cover versions, their astounding shows are an inspired re-discovery of the Beatles' musical magic, as The Fab Faux tackles the group's most demanding material live onstage in a way that has to be experienced to be believed.

Calling them, "the greatest Beatles cover band - without the wigs," Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke wrote, "the Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles' most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee." Approaching the songs with the intent of playing them live as accurately in musical reading and in spirit as possible, The Faux's breathtaking performances tend to dispel all concertgoers' previous notions of a Beatles tribute act.

The Fab Faux are a labor of love that was born in 1998 when neighbors Jimmy Vivino, guitarist/arranger for Late Night With Conan O'Brien house band the Max Weinberg 7 and Will Lee (who's played with all 4 Beatles), bassist for Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show With David Letterman kicked around the idea during an elevator ride in their NYC building. Rounding out the line-up are lead-singing drummer/producer Rich Pagano (Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Ray Davies, etc.), guitarist Frank Agnello (Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow, etc.) and ace keyboardist/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Joan Osborne Band, Rufus Wainwright). All five principals contribute vocals, making the Faux's soaring harmonies as resonant as their multi-instrumental chops, which are further enhanced by the four-piece Hogshead Horns (with Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat & Tears and SNL band alums) and Creme Tangerine Strings.

The Faux's high energy shows have generated serious buzz not only at top NYC venues including The Beacon Theater, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Webster Hall - with Beatles fans, movie stars and world class musicians in attendance - but at major dates in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Park City, Utah (Sundance), Philadelphia and Toronto, among other locales. They've headlined 4 of the last 5 years at Liverpool's annual Beatle Week, playing before 35,000 Beatle fanatics - while in England, they had the rare honor of recording an original song at Abbey Road Studios - and also delighted the masses performing live on the Howard Stern Show. Benefit and corporate dates have included events for JVC, the N.B.A. and the Michael J. Fox Parkinsons Research Foundation.

"It's not just a cover band," says the Faux's Pagano. "This is the greatest Pop music ever written, and we're such freaks for it." Imagine the instrumental complexities of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "A Day in the Life" performed part-perfect with an orchestra. The lush, multi-layered harmonies of "Because," and "Eleanor Rigby" sung note-for-note. The adrenaline rush of "Helter Skelter" and "Paperback Writer," delivered spot on...

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Mojo Working Launches Mojo Rising

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19, 2010 - Mojo Working announces Mojo Rising, a revolutionary new PR newswire service for the entertainment and creative technology industries. Using targeted electronic distribution and social networking; Mojo Rising provides small businesses and creative individuals with a low-cost, high-impact method to spread their marketing message nationwide and around the world.

According to Kevin Fetterplace, Mojo Working International founder, "During the 18 years that Mojo Working has been providing PR and marketing services worldwide we have repeatedly heard the same story from small companies and individuals. They have expended time, money and talent developing products or services and building their business, but now they cannot afford to hire a fulltime PR company to help tell their story."

To help those growing businesses reach more customers, while also being mindful of the current economic climate, Mojo Working has introduced Mojo Rising, an innovative, low-cost PR service.

Each month, Mojo Rising clients submit whatever news they wish to announce - for example, a new product release or upgrade; staff changes; details of recent creative media projects that have passed through their facility; or participation in an upcoming trade event - along with an associated image. For a low monthly fee, Mojo Rising will help turn each client's news into a professional press release, compile them all into interactive electronic newsletters, then distribute them to hundreds of print and online media outlets serving the creative and media production communities globally.

Fetterplace noted, "Over the past 18 years we've established great relationships with all of the industry's publications, both print and online, and have developed an exhaustive distribution list. Your marketing message will potentially be seen by thousands of creative and technical professionals, musicians, studios, record labels, entertainment venues, record producers, video- and filmmakers, and many others, every single time we send out a newsletter."

Each newsletter will summarize half a dozen press releases, alongside associated thumbnail images, and will link to a host site where online and print publication editors can access and download the full stories and high-resolution images. In addition, editors at the leading publications will receive notification of the latest newsletter directly to their inbox.

Further, Mojo Rising's dedicated social networking pages, including Facebook, Word Press and Twitter, will point to those news releases, offering additional distribution channels.
As a bonus, publications may choose to subscribe to feeds from those social networking sites, ensuring coverage where it matters.

"We really encourage anybody with a great new product to bring to market, or who wants to get more traffic through their studio, or who has a new service that they wish to promote, or who simply wants to increase public awareness of their business,or even to look for a job in this business to contact us for further details of the services offered by Mojo Rising," said Fetterplace.

For more information or to subscribe to Mojo Rising, please contact:
Bonny Baldwin, National Sales:

About Mojo Working:

Mojo Working has been a world leader in entertainment technology communications for nearly two decades. With its eye firmly on the big picture for clients large and small, Mojo Working has designed and instigated some of the foremost campaigns in our industry's history. Mojo Rising, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, joins Rockin' Chair Productions - a television and web reality show development company, with two shows in current production - in Mojo Working's expanding business portfolio.

Media Contact:
Kevin Fetterplace
T: (646) 359-3961

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

MarilynMusic's Debut EP "Pure Rock" Available On ITunes Today


Publishing/composing duo MarilynMusic will release the first installment of their Pure Music series with their debut album, "Pure Rock" on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. The duo is partnering with the publishing and digital distribution company Oseao Media.

"Pure Rock" is a whirlwind tour through rock and roll history. Each song has a distinct sound with influences ranging from the Beatles and Steve Miller to more modern rockers like Nirvana, right up through to contemporary rock of today. Where tracks like "Lost Man In Los Angeles" are dominated by distorted guitars and crashing drums, others like "She's Cool" offer an acoustic rock sound with melodic vocal lines and smooth chord progressions.

Weaved into the melodies and sounds of each of these tunes are the common themes of love and loss. In "Layin' Love on the Line," the duo writes about risking everything for the love of a woman and in "Burning Man," about the healing power of love. The best part of this EP, with all its eclecticism and its wide range of sounds, is that each track really rocks. The emotionality of these songwriters shines through on every tune and the beats and grooves make you bob your head.

MarilynMusic is the partnership of musicians/composers Michael Gaines and Casey Conrad. Gaines and Conrad created MarilynMusic to marry their love and knowledge of a broad range of musical genres with the tastes of today’s pop audience. The prolific duo has numerous tracks recorded and produced, with new material constantly coming down the pipeline. Gaines and Conrad collaborate on every aspect of the music from the writing to the finished product, but the two have distinct roles in the process. Gaines is primarily responsible for lyrical composition and Conrad produces the recordings. Both write the music and play on the recordings – Conrad on bass and drums and Gaines on guitar. This duo clearly has a lot of music to offer and this EP is a rocking good start.

"Pure Rock" is available for purchase through iTunes at:

Listen to, read more and follow MarilynMusic at:

Eric de Fontenay
18-14 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11102

Pascal G - The Tale of Lola

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Pascal G - The Tale of Lola

Latino pop upcoming artist Pascal G. has just released a very special CD set that includes 16 songs, plus the "Tale Of Lola" music video. The song appears in the album in both English and Spanish versions, making it first English release by the Puerto Rican teen heart throb.

The "Tale Of Lola" music video shows Pascal G.'s capabilities with latin rhythms, thus earning him the comparison with Ricky Martin's sex appeal and Shakira's vibe that have been made by some people. This album proves the claims to be Factual. fans. With "The Tale Of Lola," he takes his 'Latino sound' to a higher level of quality and accessibility.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chinie - Dont Be Afraid/ Bless My Day Release


The track 'Dont Be Afraid' is a truely sweet and a little quirky sour melodic and harmonious fusion of sounds that sort of quenches your thirst for melodies all summer long and of course in all weathers'. This slightly comicy style artist will awaken your magical senses of storyline and keep it awake.

Chinie is your introduction to that wonderfully and verily awaited sound that you've just got to have and love. Its different. Its new. Its fresh. The tracks are wonderful and simply described by people as quenching ya thirst. 'Dont Be Afraid' being one of the very earliest tracks written at the same time as 'Bless My Day', followed by pop tunes like 'Bebop' which is more like a high school reunion party, is therefore first to be released by Chickito Records. 'Dont Be Afraid' climbed the US NME charts in early 2010. 'Dont Be Afraid' which was also included in grammy listings for 2010 is a first self release on its own as a single, part of the 'Of The Lamp' albulm. Who didnt love it, as it would keep people interested and listenig to this innovative fusion of boom, pop, jazz, rhythm fusions of music.'Dont Be Afraid' is a track that has climbed up the NMW US charts in early 2010. Its a fusion of really delicious urban/tribal/pop/fusion/and even jazzy combination of fusion pop track that some claim is futuristic in terms of sound, whilst also keeping listeners interested and listening which is what its about.

A combination of sounds that makes a listener think of weathers, sounds, places, drums, and a vocal fusion of the artist's own vocal operatta singing and later deep vocal tones by the same artist, who also loves to perform in varied languages such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and even Arabic and Persian. Chinie is very simple but innovative and simply truely combination artist. A UK artist, Chinie's tracks also include foreign versions of many of her singles. The track is 'Dont Be Afraid' is very available especially with the 'Bless My Day' track, as a single release from all good online mainstream retail music shops. It can also be downloaded from all good entertainment download sites. The videos for both tracks have been award nominated at prestigious levels. Catch this self simple artist on myspace. Friends may contact chinie on twitter at http://www.twitter/chinie1

MarilynMusic Hard at Work At Headman Sound

MarilynMusic's Casey Conrad has been hard at work finishing up another mix at Headman Sound with legendary producer Gary Haase who has written for and produced a laundry list of pop stars like Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and N'Sync. Casey worked on a track featuring vocalist Sidiki Conde, a world renowned African musician known for his work in Guinea as well as America. Renowned photographer Denny Tillman, who has taken pictures for countless Fortune 500 companies, will be shooting the upcoming music video for the track.

Mi2N Serves PR Needs In Four Continents


Mi2N, the world's oldest and largest music industry newswire, continues to serve a growing international clientele of music artists and labels as exemplified by April's Mi2N PR campaigns originating from four continents: North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Mi2N Music PR service provides guaranteed press release placements through a network of newswires, eGroups, blog communities, boards and forums, as well as exposure to industry professional globally through its daily newsletters.

The following press releases are a sampling of international Mi2N PR campaigns that were received during the month of April 2010:

Ireland: New Label Bad Cake Records Releases Its 1st EP

Croatia: DALYX - The Album (OUT NOW!)

Canada: Canadian Country Artist Lucky Holloway Self-Releases New CD, Embraces Musical Roots

UK: The English Football World Cup Team At The African World Cup 2010 Gets A Kick From Behind By UK Artists

Hong Kong: The Underground Hong Kong Releases Third Compilation CD

The Netherlands: RootsReggae Gets New Impulse From Holland-Ganjaland

Australia: 3rd Annual Australian Songwriters Conference: 11-14 June 2010

Commenting on the increased submissions, Michele Wilson-Morris, Marketing & Communications Director for Mi2N said, "We're very pleased to be serving a continuously expanding market. When we're able to bring more music news from around the world to Mi2N subscribers, it enhances the value of the service that we're able to offer to them. As a service oriented company whose focus is on customer satisfaction and being on the cutting edge of the industry, we're quite pleased with the increase of the press releases we're receiving and the places from which we're receiving them."

For more information on Mi2N PR Music Services, visit: (PR Distribution) (PR Copywriting)

About Mi2N
Mi2N (Music Industry News Network) is the largest online daily newswire serving the music industry. Since 1998, Mi2N has kept professionals worldwide informed on the latest developments shaping their sector by covering nearly every facet of the industry, from new business models and technological innovations to up-&-coming artists and emerging trends. Through its Mi2N Music PR service, it has become a leading PR resource for major and independent music companies around the world.

Michele Wilson-Morris
Managing Director

Monday, May 17, 2010

Make Some Noise, Hong Kong... The Monacle Can't Hear You!


By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)

I picked up my issue of the Monacle to find a survey on Hong Kong, "the bustling world city of Asia." Considering I'm flying there next month for the Music Matters conference (aren't you?), I tore straight for the section, hoping to find some cool underground clubs or read about someone redefining the rules of Hong Kong's music scene. Perhaps they would mention the "Make Some Noise, Hong Kong" campaign to petition the government to change its Noise Control Ordinance in recognition to the value that outdoor events offer the city. Or Chris B., co-founder of the Underground HK, which has been supporting the live music scene and developing independent bands for the past 6 years.

No... actually, there was nothing. I mean NOTHING, not one word, let alone a blurb about music in the entire survey! There was something about the film industry, art market, even performing arts, but not a peep on music.

Was this a grave omission on the part of the Monacle? Or is there something amiss with Hong Kong? Macau right next door has significantly raised its entertainment profile thanks to glitzy new casinos and money pouring in from the mainland. Since the liberalization of the gaming industry in 2002, it's earned the nickname "Las Vegas of the East" and become one of the world's richest cities. The boom in tourism and entertainment has led to an exponential increase in performances and uses of creative works in hotels, clubs and casinos. And all that money brought CISAC to the Chinese territory to help establish Macau's own authors' society MACA (Macau Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers) last year to manage licensing and royalty revenues.

As a consequence, Macau is also starting to displace Hong Kong as the destination for international big-name artist to perform. It also helps that the bureaucratic process and costs to secure permits and licenses for an event in Macau is a fraction of what one would face in Hong Kong - remember the little dig I made earlier about burdensome noise control regulations. Add to this the growing cultural importance of cities like Beijing and Shanghai as well as the brain/talent-drain they are causing - can you hear that sucking sound? - and Hong Kong is in danger of being left in the dust, a position it is not very accustomed too.

But it doesn't stop at China. Hans Ebert, Chairman and CEO of music-based entertainment company We-Enhance, warns in a bruising article called 'The Problem With HKTVB And The Hong Kong Music Industry' that "Singapore has a more creative and thriving entertainment industry, which would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Also, venues like the Power Station, the efforts of the Singapore Government to turn the city into a global media hub, the powerhouse that is Mediacorp, the creativity of its bars and restaurants and clubs are all contributing to the well-being of its music industry."

Hans Ebert thinks the Hong Kong entertainment world needs a facelift... and a miracle. Maybe the Monacle was just being a little too bourgeois. Stay tune for my report from Asia's capital in late May...

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