Friday, June 15, 2012

Hip Hop USA, America's First Sneaker Art Boutique, Welcomes Chinese Singer Ruhan To The U.S. With Sneaker Art Dedication

Hip Hop USA, known for sneaker art battles and custom art sneaker designs by legendary New York City artists, welcomes Chinese singing sensation Ruhan to the U.S. with sneaker art created in her honor. Hip Hop USA President Terry Nelson will be presenting Ruhan with a customized graffiti sneaker in honor of her U.S. visit and the future opening of the Hip Hop USA store franchise in mainland China in 2013. During the event, Hip Hop USA will also have sneaker art on display from their custom collection. Priced like tattoos, sneaker and clothing art is made-to-order by legendary New York City graffiti artists and fine urban artists. Turn around time for personalized clothing and apparel orders is three to twenty-four hours depending on the intricacy of the requested artwork. Hip Hop USA flagship boutique is located at 343 Lafayette street, between Bleeker and Bond street in New York City. Hip Hop USA's works of art present a record of the culture in which they were created on the medium of choice for the once and future Hip Hop generation worldwide: Sneakers! Email:

Angelina Lavo Gets Risque This Summer

Up-and-coming artist, performer songwriter and internet sensation Angelina Lavo unleashes her debut EP, Risque this Tuesday on ITunes and all good digital stores.

Risque is considered by Angelina Lavo to be, "a musical flirtation that gives a little bit of everything to everybody."

The EP features production from industry heavyweights, Omen (Usher, Lil Wayne, Drake and Fabolous) and Lu Diaz (Pitbull, DJ Khaled, Jason Mraz and J-Lo). Omen recently produced, "What Happened to U," on Usher's latest album Looking 4 Myself. The multi-platinum producer commented that, "Angelina Lavo is definitely a name to look out for."

Angelina has received thousands of followers and fans leading up to the launch of Risque. The first track on the genre bending EP, "Circus Act" is on rotation on KTU, and debuted at #15 on Reverb Nation.

The edgy second track, "Jealous Girls," was performed last month by Angelina Lavo at Arena (NYC) to a captivated audience as part of Boutique Artists Summer Fashion Week 2012 along with her tribute to the Big Apple, "NY."

The fourth track off of Risque, "Like You Did Before," shows Angelina's take on heart break as she shares her experience with listeners.

In contrast to the other songs on Risque,"I Can't Believe," shows Angelina's natural talent in upbeat electronic dance music. Angelina is reported to be working with the track's producer, Lu Diaz, on more material for her up-and-coming album.

Angelina and legendary rapper Twista wrap the EP in true Risque fashion with, "Cotton Candy." Sources close to Angelina's team have confirmed that they are working on a music video featuring both artists.

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About Angelina Lavo
Angelina Lavo is a dance artist that combines live performance, modern choreography, style and sensuality into her art.

Born in Moscow, Angelina's grandmother put her in music school from a very young age where she played piano and crafted talents throughout her teenage years. In 2009, Angelina Lavo arrived in New York City to achieve her dream of becoming an internationally known name in one of the music capitals of the world.

To date, Angelina's industry support has paid off with her fan-base exploding and her videos becoming YouTube hits.

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About Weerai Music Rights Management

Weerai Music is a boutique rights management company with a specialized roster of artists, performances, producers and writers with commercial success in the entertainment industry.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Denny Brown Releases '4th Of July' EP With Booker T. Jones & David Grissom

California based singer/songwriter Denny Brown and his label Avenue Communications announce the release of his "4th Of July" EP, which includes the title track plus three more originals, "On The Esplanade," "Gypsy Lane," and "Can't Go Home." The recording was produced by Erik Nielsen (Pointer Sisters, Queen Ida) and features an all-star band including Booker T Jones on organ and piano and David Grissom on guitar (John Mellencamp, Buddy Guy). The title track "4th Of July" is an uptempo love story that explodes inside the holiday setting of the song. Brown's roots rock sound was recently compared to John Mellencamp and James McMurtry. Avenue Communications also announces plans for two more new full-length albums to follow the "4th Of July" EP. The next album is scheduled for Fall 2012 to be followed by another in spring 2013. Two previous albums, "Crossing Through" (2009) and 'Coming On Home' (2012), are already in release. The "Coming On Home" title was shipped to radio this past winter and is currently receiving airplay support at roots rock radio stations nationwide, with standout tracks "Lizzie's Door" and "Payday Loan." Avenue Communications is available for licensing and distribution of the entire catalog. Denny Brown and Avenue Communications have retained the services of David Bean at BeanBag1 Entertainment and subsidiary Artist Airplay Advisors, led by VP of Promotion J. P. Mosoff, for management and radio promotion. Located in Monterey, CA, David Bean Management and Artist Airplay Advisors radio promotion have been successful over the past four years in placing unsigned indie bands on broadcast, internet, and satellite radio, as well as into national CD distribution. The promotion company is currently promoting new CD releases from Escape Club, Norton Buffalo with George Kahumoku Jr., Casey Frazier, Sarah Swanson, Tina Vero, Feverwalk, and Ann Kelly produced by Mark Ross (two-time Emmy-winning composer). website information: Denny Brown BeanBag1 Entertainment Artist Airplay Advisors

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Skylar Gray Creates Completely DIY Concept Album

Not to be confused with pop figure Holly Brook whose stage name is Skylar Grey (notice the spelling difference?), multi-instrumentalist Skylar Gray, as named at birth in 1982, recently released his debut album "An Inch Equals 200 Miles." This concept album featuring themes of alien abduction, imperial conquest, genocide, and other familiar sci-fi topics was created from start to finish with DIY (do-it-yourself) techniques and equipment. For nearly six years, Gray has taken the writing, recording, and now distribution/promotion of his first solo album into his own hands. Having spent years behind the scenes producing and mixing other bands as well as designing professional and consumer audio goods, Gray was well prepared to undertake the task of playing the majority of the instruments on his album while also performing the role of producer. A recording engineer and designer, he has taken the process a step further by hand-building the microphones, cables, amplifiers, and most other equipment used in the making of his "An Inch Equals 200 Miles." Furthermore, he was even intimately involved in developing the software used to record the album on his computer. As Gray explains it, “I think in order for an artist to see their vision truly come to fruition, they need to have very explicit control over the tools used to create the work at each stage.” Coming from a musical family, Gray’s influences mix classic progressive rock (ELO, 10cc, etc.) with the sounds he attached himself to as an adolescent (Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, STP.) These influences shine in Gray’s album—from the 70’s theatricality of the album-wide concept to the moody chord progressions and instrumentations. Thoughtful lyrics compliment the arrangements and tell a spacey, expansive story. “I’ve always had an attraction to science fiction films and related mythology. Because that seems to capture my imagination more than other things, it was just natural content for the album.” says Gray. The remoteness of space, as told by Gray, is something mystic—an escape from the noise and overbearing crush of modern life. Each song flows seamlessly into the next, displacing the listener into the hands of a skilled musician with a vivid sonic story to tell. "An Inch..." is as much an instrumental soundtrack as it is a rock album. It plays like a rock opera and is an example of indie music’s rediscovery of the long-form concept album. Complementing the work is cover art by famed Australian artist Jeremy Geddes, whose “Cosmonaut” series served as inspiration to Gray in the late stages of the album’s development. Gray adds, “There’s an unmistakable mood in Geddes’ piece which remarkably matched the mood I intended to create with 'An Inch...' So as soon as I saw the Cosmonaut, I knew that no other artwork would be adequate.” Get "An Inch Equals 200 Miles," featuring drummer Colby Owens (Other Lives) and Colin Fleishacker (Colourmusic), now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other online music services. Starting July 1st, pick up the Limited edition 12 inch vinyl featuring cover art by Jeremy Geddes at Email:

New Music, Contract For Johnny Jolin

Just one day after LWM Records reported a renegotiated contract with feature artist Johnny Jolin, the team has announced a brand new single hitting digital stores on Tuesday, June 12th. The single is titled "Valley of the Shadow". The new release was preceded by Christian Country Hit "Thank God" that peaked at #6 on the Christian Country Top 100 as well as Top 30 "Tell That To God". The singles marked the first two top 30 singles of Jolin's career. Behind the scenes of the project, LWM Records brought on many familiar faces. "Valley of the Shadow" was written by Jolin and long-time collaborator Andrew Scott Wills, while the project was produced by Dave Smith (producer of "Thank God" "Tell That To God" and "The Gravity"). Social media and web promotion is being managed by Adam Williams while booking is by LaRue Jolin Entertainment. For more information visit

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Space Vacation's New Album "Heart Attack" May Cause A Coronary

Space Vacation's long awaited sophomore effort delivers all the neck snapping riffs and stick in your head choruses expected from the quartet. "Heart Attack" is comprised of hook after hook of powerful melodies and shredding guitar playing that will bring you back to 1984. The band is joined this time around by new guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan, formerly of Vicious Rumors. The album was recorded by Phil Manley (Trans-Am, The Champs) and mixed by Kurt Schlegel (The Melvins, Jello Biafra) at Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco. The current lineup features singer/guitarist Scott Shapiro, bassist Jay Shapiro, lead guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan and Andy Headrick on drums. The album is available through most digital retailers. 12" Vinyl and Cd's can only be purchased through the bands online store. Get ready to head bang. Email:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tony Adamo @#1 On Allaboutjazz 90 Day Jazz Charts

Singer/Hipspokenword Artist Tony Adamo goes to #1 on the allaboutjazz Top25 jazz charts last 90 days. #1 last 90 days #1 last 60 days #1 last 30 days #1 last 10 days Nine Miles of Blu is produced by legendary drummer Mike Clark of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rising Chinese Star Ruhan Jia Debut Performance In New York

Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group (SSCEG) presents a rising star Ruhan Jia at Brooklyn's Ran Tea House on Friday June 22nd, coinciding with her invitation to A2IM Indie Week 2012 conference. SSCEG will be holding a press conference at the venue starting at 6:30pm, followed by Ruhan's debut New York performance where she will introduce songs from her debut album "Time to Grow". Yanbin (Bill) Zang, Vice President of SSCEG and Deputy Chairman China Audio Video Association (CAVA) will open the press conference, followed by Keith Ferreira, Executive Director of Silva Screen Records which released the Ruhan's album in The US. Impressed by Ruhan's talent and growing international recognition, Hip Hop USA President Terry Nelson will be presenting Ruhan with a customized graffiti sneaker in her honor. Ruhan Jia "Time to Grow" Press Conference Presented by Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group and Silva Screen Records June 22nd, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Ran Tea House 269 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY Ever since Ruhan Jia's first appearance in January at MIDEM 2012, her stunning performance has garnered attention around the world. In March, she was invited to perform at the United Nation's 2nd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaption Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Later that month, Interpol extended an invitation to Ruhan to record the single "Proud to Be" in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of their global anti-fake medicine campaign, leading to her being appointed China's goodwill ambassador for the project. More recently, she was invited to perform in Moscow for the first Festival devoted to Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South East Asian cultures. "Time To Grow" is the first album to be released as part of the "Earth's Music" project, which is part of China's 12th Five-Year National Economic Development Plan. The album showcases Ruhan's rich and melodious voice and wide vocal range. Consisting of ten tracks sung in Chinese as well as two songs translated in English, the album represents a truly cross-cultural project. The writers for this album include the Swedish pianist Robert Wells, whilst the production mixing team is led by the Swedish mixing engineer, Bernard Lohr whose credits include working with Celine Dion, Westlife and Il Divo to name a few. "Time to Grow" is licensed and released by The Silva Screen Record Group, an international London-based independent record company, which is also home to one of the world's leading film and television specialist soundtrack labels. Through Silva Screen's worldwide distribution network the album is available in the north America, via eOne Entertainment, and digitally throughout North America,Europe and Australia via IODA. Ruhan's credits include her acclaimed performance in the double Grammy Award winning album, "Calling All Dawns" by Christopher Tin. On the album track representing China, "Dao Zai Fan Ye" ("A Path Is In Returning" based on Laozi's Dao De Jing), Ruhan superbly blends Kunqu opera skill and western classical soprano singing. In 2009, Ruhan won the First Prize at the 18th Discovery International Festival and Second Prize at the prestigious Llangollen International Music Festival held in Wales. Shanghai Synergy is a major record label in China. a-Peer Synergy is an artist management company. For any additional information, please contact: Jean Hsiao Wernheim, email: