Rocker abandons Alaska for artistic redemption Introducing Blaise Beyhan and IONIA. Music that stands for something…

Rocker abandons Alaska for artistic redemption Introducing Blaise Beyhan and IONIA. Music that stands for something…

CMJ Music Marathon
Metal Radio VIP Party
Thursday, October 23 @ 7 p.m.
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York City, NY

NEW YORK – With elections fast approaching and the economy in sharp decline, there’s no better time to discover IONIA, the socially conscious melodic rock band from NYC whose leader, Blaise Beyhan, was raised on an ALASKAN commune — NOW IS THE TIME to hear what rocks this front man’s world and the Last Frontier that forged it.

The Alaska in Blaise’s world was quite the opposite from Sarah Palin’s Alaska. And it’s helped Blaise form a unique perspective and fuel a politically-minded rock band hell-bent on writing music that stands for something and comments on the “self-destructive” American society he believes has been created in large part by the political arena in which Palin stands.

“I think Sarah Palin is a complete fraud,” says Behan. “The things I value about Alaska are not what 90 percent of the people there are about, which is capitalism, milking every resource.”

IONIA has been garnering lots of attention, with its new self-titled debut EP – produced by Ross Peterson (Brand New, Finger Eleven) and spreading across America on 200+ radio stations as they gear up for their performance at the CMJ Music Marathon Metal Radio VIP Party (Oct. 23).

If you’re a fan of the Deftones, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Used, or My Chemical Romance and politically oriented rock that’s fueled by a belief in the kind of real change Palin and John McCain could never represent, you should check out IONIA.

· Major festival appearances at NEMO, Locobazooka (with Alice In Chains and Buckcherry), Popfest and Millennium Music Conference.

· Voted #1 Unsigned Artist in first two weeks on PureVolume.com.

· 2008 Costa Rica tour for Roberta Felix Foundation, featuring IONIA on MTV America Latina, and the #1 college radio station, Radio U.

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WEEZER PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR TROUBLEMAKER ON YAHOO! MUSIC BAND CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH ANGELS AND AIRWAVES AND TOKYO POLICE CLUB IN SUPPORT OF WEEZER (RED ALBUM)

WEEZER PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR “TROUBLEMAKER” ON YAHOO! MUSIC BAND CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH ANGELS AND AIRWAVES AND TOKYO POLICE CLUB IN SUPPORT OF “WEEZER” (RED ALBUM)

Weezer is proud to announce the Yahoo! Music premiere of their new video for “Troublemaker” off their critically-acclaimed album “Weezer” (Red Album). Featuring custard pie fights, dodgeball matches, the largest Air Guitar Ensemble, and the longest Guitar Hero Tour Marathon, “Troublemaker” is exactly what you’d expect from the playful minds of these inventive musicians.

Recently, the band began a five-week tour, which included dates in New York City at Madison Square Garden, the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, and soon to include Los Angeles’ Great Western Forum. This is the band’s first tour in three years. Drummer Pat Wilson announced, “if you want to rock, you know where to find us!”

“Weezer” (Red Album) is the band’s boldest album, sonically and lyrically, fearlessly reaching places never before heard in popular music. The Red Album’s first single “Pork and Beans” just spent 11 weeks at #1 at Modern Rock radio (the longest streak for a song in 2008) and it’s accompanying video has been viewed on Youtube over ten million times. The song is about self-empowerment, where people are urged to follow their instincts as exemplified by the lyrics “I’m a do the things that I want to do/I ain’t got a thing to prove to you.”

Recently Weezer, with the help of local radio stations, has been reaching out to musicians to create “Hootenannys” across the country. An idea hatched by lead singer Rivers Cuomo (after his mom explained how music was often spread in the good ole days) fans were hand-picked and told to bring their instruments to an unusual location where audience and band become one and jam on Weezer classics and cover songs.

Opening Weezer’s tour are Angels and Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club.

San Diego-based Angels and Airwaves are currently headlining all of Warped Tour 2008 in support of their sophomore release I-Empire, which debuted in the top ten and spawned the hit single “Everything’s Magic.” Singer and guitarist Tom Delonge says, “the Weezer tour is an amazing event, not only for us as a band, but its going to be the best tour of the year for fans, we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Tokyo Police Club is a 4-piece band from Toronto, Ontario. Following one of the most successful 16 minutes in recent history (2006’s “A Lesson in Crime” EP) is back and currently on the road supporting their critically acclaimed debut full length “Elephant Shell.” Tokyo Police Club couldn’t be more thrilled to join Weezer on their North American Tour playing to crowds they’ve never experienced before.

The following are the dates for Weezer’s North American tour:

Oct 7 Salt Lake City, UT E Center
Oct 9 Portland OR Memorial Coliseum
Oct 10 Vancouver, BC GM Place
Oct 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Oct 13 San Jose, CA Events Center
Oct 14 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Oct 17 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Oct 18 Phoenix, AZ Arizona State Fair
Oct 20 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Oct 21 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater
Oct 23 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Arena

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DEPECHE MODE SIGN WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH EMI MUSIC – TO INCLUDE THE U.S. FOR THE FIRST TIME AGREEMENT EXPANDS EMI LABEL MUTE’S DECADES-LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH MULTI-PLATINUM ELECTRONIC MUSIC VANGUARDS DEPECHE MODE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN APRIL 2009, FOLLOWED BY FIRST-EVER STADIUM TOUR IN MAY

DEPECHE MODE SIGN WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH EMI MUSIC – TO INCLUDE THE U.S. FOR THE FIRST TIME AGREEMENT EXPANDS EMI LABEL MUTE’S DECADES-LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH MULTI-PLATINUM ELECTRONIC MUSIC VANGUARDS DEPECHE MODE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN APRIL 2009, FOLLOWED BY FIRST-EVER STADIUM TOUR IN MAY

EMI Music is thrilled to announce that it has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with multi-platinum recording artists Depeche Mode. EMI Music’s Mute label has been the best-selling British trio’s international home since 1981 when the label released the group’s debut single “Dreaming of Me” in the U.K. The new deal means that EMI Music will now release Depeche Mode’s music in the U.S. for the first time, as well as in the rest of the world.

Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode said: “We are so pleased to be continuing our relationship with Mute, and we feel very positive about the new team and set-up at EMI. This is going to be an exciting new chapter.”

Nick Gatfield, EMI Music’s president – A&R Labels, North America, the UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Depeche Mode, and to be supporting them in the US for the first time. They are one of the world’s most innovative and successful bands who continuously push boundaries and excite fans with their recording and live work.”

Daniel Miller, chairman, Mute, said: “I am really happy to be continuing to work with the band. They have been reaching new creative heights in the studio and they have one of the most devoted fanbases of any band in the world today. I believe that the Mute and EMI teams are extremely well positioned to help Depeche Mode build on their success.”

The first release under Depeche Mode’s worldwide agreement with EMI Music is a new studio album, the band’s twelfth, due outside the U.S. on April 20th, 2009, and in the U.S. on April 21st. Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher are currently in New York working on the album, which will be the follow-up to Depeche Mode’s 2005 release Playing the Angel, which reached No. 1 in 18 countries.

In addition, Depeche Mode has announced dates for the European leg of its “Tour of the Universe 2009” — the group’s first-ever stadium tour in which they will perform in 28 cities across 21 countries. The tour, which kicks off in Israel on May 10th, is the band’s first since 2005’s “Touring the Angel” trek, which smashed European sales records with 1.8 million tickets sold across 87 shows.

Formed in Basildon, England, in 1980, Depeche are considered the founding fathers of the ’80s synthpop movement and have become one of the most influential pop groups of the last 25 years by inspiring generations of new artists with their sublime, superlative electronica. The group has racked up multiple hit singles, including “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Everything Counts,” “Enjoy the Silence,” “People Are People,” “Master and Servant,” “Personal Jesus,” “Policy of Truth” and “Precious”. Their 11 studio albums — 1981’s Speak & Spell, 1982’s A Broken Frame, 1983’s Construction Time Again, 1984’s Some Great Reward, 1986’s Black Celebration, 1987’s Music for the Masses, 1990’s Violator, 1993’s Songs of Faith and Devotion, 1997’s Ultra, 2001’s Exciter, and 2005’s Playing the Angel — have collectively sold more than 75 million copies worldwide.

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WEEZER SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® WITH TROUBLEMAKER VIDEO; VIDEO IS THE FOLLOW UP TO THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL PORK AND BEANS VIDEO

WEEZER SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® WITH TROUBLEMAKER VIDEO; VIDEO IS THE FOLLOW UP TO THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL PORK AND BEANS VIDEO

Even before its release, Weezer’s “Troublemaker” video is a record breaker: Weezer and friends gathered to play the song together and break Guinness World Records during the shooting of the video. Guinness World Records official, Stuart Claxton, was in attendance to monitor and certify these record attempts during the day long shoot in Los Angeles, where new records were set for Largest Game of Dodgeball, Most People in a Custard Pie Fight, Most People Riding on a Skateboard, Largest Air Guitar Ensemble, and Longest Guitar Hero World Tour Marathon. (See below for more details on these records.) The band’s Pat Wilson is also shown in the video playing the World’s Smallest Drum Kit in a Video…a record the band is petitioning to get in the book as an official record. No word yet at press time. The video’s exclusive 24-hour online premiere will be available on Yahoo!Music beginning at 9:00PM PDT Monday, October 6, 2008.

The “Troublemaker” video is for a song that’s been steadily rising up the Modern Rock charts, currently at #2 and looks to follow its predecessor, “Pork And Beans” to the very top of that chart. “Pork And Beans” spent a record eleven weeks on the top of the chart and its accompanying video has been played over fifteen million times.

Both “Pork and Beans” and “Troublemaker” are from the band’s latest Top 5 album Weezer (referred to as The Red Album). The album is the band’s boldest and most fearless to date, with the band experimenting with their sound as they never have in the past.

Weezer recently began its first tour in three years starting a five-week sojourn of North America starting September 23 in Boston and played a show in New York’s Madison Square Garden on the 24th. The tour continues for a few more weeks and includes a stop at Los Angeles’ Forum on October 14.

The shows have incorporated a “Hootenanny” where 30 radio station winners perform two songs on stage with the band during the show. It gives those lucky musicians the legitimate right to say to their friends sentences like “Yep, I rocked Madison Square Garden with my pals Weezer.”

Reviews for the show have been universally great. The Boston Globe in a review of the tour’s first show, “”Even a little rusty, we’re still the coolest band in the world,” Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo crowed from the Tsongas Arena stage Tuesday night. After the power-pop quartet’s undeniably zesty 100-minute set, kicking off a North American tour, it was hard to argue the point.”

The Guinness World Records:

Largest Air Guitar Ensemble
The largest air guitar ensemble consisted of 233 participants and took place during during the filming of the music video “Troublemaker” by the band Weezer in Los Angeles, California, USA on 21 August 2008.

Largest Game of Dodgeball
The largest game of dodgeball consisted of two teams of 50 people (100 total) who played against each other during the filming of the music video “Troublemaker” by the band Weezer in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 21 August 2008.

Longest Guitar Hero World Tour Marathon
The longest Guitar Hero World Tour Marathon lasted for 10 hr 12 min 54 sec during the filming of the music video “Troublemaker” by the band Weezer in Los Angeles, California,USA, on 21 August 2008.

Most People in a Custard Pie Fight
The most people in a custard pie fight was 120 during the filming of the music video “Troublemaker” by the band Weezer in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 21 August 2008.

Most People Riding on a Skateboard
The most people riding on a skateboard is 22 during the filming of the music video “Troublemaker” by the band Weezer in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 21 August 2008.

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MYSPACE MUSIC PRESENTS RISE AGAINST SECRET SHOW ON OCTOBER 7th AT TT THE BEARS IN BOSTON; THE SHOW COINCIDES WITH RELEASE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM APPEAL TO REASON

MYSPACE MUSIC PRESENTS RISE AGAINST SECRET SHOW ON OCTOBER 7th AT TT THE BEARS IN BOSTON; THE SHOW COINCIDES WITH RELEASE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM APPEAL TO REASON

Band is asking all fans to donate food to The Greater Boston Food Bank as part of their admission order to get into the show

MySpace Music announces that one of the most respected names in punk rock Rise Against (www.myspace.com/riseagainst) will be playing a club show at TT The Bears in Boston on October 7 as part of MySpace’s Secret Show series. The Secret Show is a free, exclusive performance for the MySpace community. Rise Against and MySpace are asking fans to donate food which will go The Greater Boston Food Bank for entry into the show. The band has also partnered with Peta2 for the show who will be distributing literature inside the show. This is the first ever Secret Show in which MySpace have partnered with a charity. After talking with the band, the program realized this was the perfect band to do this with and an incredible way to kick off the release of their new album.

For their fifth studio album, “Appeal To Reason,” Rise Against teamed up with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendants) and Jason Livermore to record at the Blasting Room in Ft. Collins, CO– the same production team and studio used for “The Sufferer & the Witness” and “Revolutions Per Minute.” First single “Re-Education (Through Labor)” is already a top 5 Modern Rock hit.

Rise Against are vocalist Tim McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, drummer Brandon Barnes and guitarist Zach Blair. In spring 2001, the band released their debut CD The Unraveling on Fat Wreck Chords. After two years of solid touring, Rise Against recorded Revolutions Per Minute (2002), followed by Siren Song Of The Counter Culture produced by Gggarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Melvins, Sick Of It All). The Sufferer & the Witness was released in 2006 and debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The Greater Boston Food Bank’s mission is to help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. To achieve its mission, The Food Bank feeds more than 320,000 people annually in nine counties in eastern Massachusetts.

MySpace Music has organized more than 150 Secret Shows since the franchise launched in February 2006 with artists like Gnarls Barkley, The Offspring, Neil Diamond, Slayer, Fran Ferdinand, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing in cities around the world. For more information about the artists and upcoming schedule, visit the official MySpace Secret Shows profile at http://myspace.com/secretshows.

About MySpace

MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, EMI Music, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music, with more than five million artist profiles and 35 million monthly unique users, offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams. By allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, Front to Back and The List.

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SILVERSTEIN RELEASES NEW SONG TODAY IN SUPPORT OF FALL TOUR

SILVERSTEIN RELEASES NEW SONG TODAY IN SUPPORT OF FALL TOUR

As Silverstein gets set to hit the road this fall, they figured, what better way to kick off the tour then with a new song for all the die hard fans. Friday, October 3rd at noon EST, Silverstein released ‘Broken Star.’ This demo is just a taste of what will be heard on their upcoming tour with co-headliner Chiodos and opening acts Escape The Fate, Alesana, and A Skylit Drive.

SILVERSTEIN NEWS UPDATES

Silverstein has recently launched a Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please click to join and check them out. The Facebook page will get exclusive updates and the YouTube channel will host tour webisodes from Silverstein as they hit the road. Each webisode will end with a question where fans can comment their answers and win prize packs and tickets from Silverstein. Fan and subscribe the channel and page for all the latest details!

Silverstein will be heading back to the studio after their fall tour for the follow up to Arrivals & Departures. The album is slated for an early Spring 2009 release.

SILVERSTEIN FALL TOUR DATES
w/Chiodos, Escape The Fate, Alesana, and A Skylit Drive

October 10 – Detroit, MI @ Filmore
October 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Room
October 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Epic
October 14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden
October 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air
October 17 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
October 18 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
October 19 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
October 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand
October 22 – Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
October 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
October 24 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
October 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
October 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
October 28 – Tulsa, OK @ Cains
October 29 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
October 30 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
October 31 – New Orleans, LA @ HOB
November 01 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Landing
November 02 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock
November 03 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 05 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
November 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
November 07 – New York, NY @ Roseland
November 08 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
November 09 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
November 10 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
November 12 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 13 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
November 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
November 15 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy

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MYSPACE MUSIC PRESENTS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DUO THE KILLS IN AN INTIMATE CLUB SHOW IN BALTIMORE ON OCTOBER 6

MYSPACE MUSIC PRESENTS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DUO THE KILLS IN AN INTIMATE CLUB SHOW IN BALTIMORE ON OCTOBER 6

MySpace announces that beloved rock duo The Kills http://www.myspace.com/thekills will be playing an intimate performance at The Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland on October 6th as part of MySpace Music’s Secret Show series. The co-ed group recently released their third album, “Midnight Boom,” and have spent the summer performing with The Raconteurs. The Secret Show is a free, exclusive performance for the MySpace community.

The Kills formed in London in 2000 and is comprised of Alison “VV” Mosshart and Jamie “Hotel” Hince. Over the past decade, their raw and engaging sound has allowed them to become on of the most critically acclaimed bands in the world. When discussing “Midnight Boom” this past March, the much respected British magazine Mojo raved “The Kills sound and feel like no other band” while Uncut heralded the album as “a revelation.”

Recently the track “Sour Cherry” off of “Midnight Boom was heavily featured in the hit CW show “Gossip Girl.” As previously stated, the Kills have spent the last month playing large outdoor venues with the Raconteurs. This MySpace Secret Show is easily the most intimate performance they will stage during this current US run, making it that much more special.

MySpace Music has organized more than 150 Secret Shows since the franchise launched in February 2006 with artists like Gnarls Barkley, The Offspring, Neil Diamond, Slayer, Fran Ferdinand, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing in cities around the world. For more information about the artists and upcoming schedule, visit the official MySpace Secret Shows profile at http://www.myspace.com/secretshows

MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, EMI Music, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music, with more than five million artist profiles and 35 million monthly unique users, offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams. By allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, Front to Back and The List.

Kid Rock – Roll On video from the album, Rock N Roll Jesus

Kid Rock – Roll On video from the album, Rock N Roll Jesus

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HELLO KITTY DEBUT ALBUM, HELLO WORLD OUT ON iTUNES NOW

HELLO KITTY DEBUT ALBUM, HELLO WORLD OUT ON iTUNES NOW!

SANRIO, Inc. is thrilled to announce the release of “Hello World”, the first-ever Hello Kitty album available on Lakeshore Records. The album will offer 11 tracks of original pop tunes, performed by a number of up & coming young artists. The result is an upbeat and perky compilation that reflects the life-embracing mood of the Hello Kitty brand.

The album launches October 7th exclusively at Wal-Mart and the first single “Come On, Come On”, with early airplay reported from Radio Disney, will be available on iTunes starting September 30th. The online community is already abuzz over the album’s MySpace and Facebook pages that allow listeners to sample the tracks. Additional distribution, including SANRIO stores and http://www.sanrio.com, will begin in January 2009. A merchandise program featuring t-shirts and accessories emblazoned with the album’s colorful Japan-Pop artwork will coincide with this expanded release.

“Hello World” was created in partnership with New York’s Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc., home to the catalogues of Elvis Presley, the Black Eyed Peas, Wolfmother, John Legend and Quincy Jones. ‘Hello World’ is the first endeavor resulting from the multi-year joint venture between SANRIO, Inc. and Cherry Lane to produce original music for Hello Kitty and other character brands under the SANRIO umbrella.

Belting out the Hello Kitty headline track, “Come On, Come On”, actress, musician & Hello Kitty fan Keke Palmer mirrors the fun and friendship that’s synonymous with Hello Kitty and the entire SANRIO family of characters. A SAG-nominated & Image Award winning actress, Keke is part of DAS Communications’ impressive roster and has starred in the critically-acclaimed Akeelah & the Bee and Jump In, as well as the recent film The Longshots, with Ice Cube. Keke also has a debut solo album, ‘SO UNCOOL’, which was released in September 2007. Keke models girl empowerment, an integral trait of the Hello Kitty brand.

Cori Yarckin performs the album’s follow up single “Do You Really Wanna”. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as “One of the Girls of MySpace” (in a feature on young female performers), Cori’s upbeat power pop sound will have listeners rocking out to this track. The video, currently in production, will launch online and made available on sanrio.com, YouTube, and multiple social networking sites.

For ‘Hello World’, writers and performers were hand-picked by SANRIO and Cherry Lane and primarily came from Cherry Lane’s impressive roster. “Come On, Come On” was co-penned by Nini Camps and Gary Phillips (producer of the popular Kidz Bop albums). Other ‘Hello World’ songwriters and producers include Toby Gad, the writer behind Fergie’s #1 song, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”and Gen Rubin, who brings his Grammy-nominated talents to three ‘Hello World’ songs in total.

So look out world! SANRIO and Hello Kitty are keeping music lovers engaged with perky personality, fun-loving attitude and a commitment to harmony at every turn!

Hello World Tracklisting:

1. Come On, Come On – Keke Palmer
2. Getaway – Cheryl Yie
3. Hello Kitty – Mandy Ventrice
4. Hey Yeah – Gen
5. Hello World – Ainjel Emme
6. To All The Girls – Jennifer Marks
7. Get This Party Started – Cheryl Yie
8. I Smile – Lindsay Dennis
9. Take It Easy (Chococat’s Jam) – The Seventeens
10. Sweeter Than Sweet – Emma Hunton
11. Do You Really Wanna – Cori Yarckin

Classic Recordings relaunch digitally

Relaunching digitally in Sept with fresh remixes of the back catalogue, here is a chance to relive the music in a different light, a new Classic era is about to dawn…

The Classic Music Company was started by Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon in 1994 and became the chief of quality house music output for the latter half of the decade.

The name evolved from a car journey during a tour of the UK. Whilst on the M1, Derrick and Luke drove past a sign advertising Cadbury’s Classic bars. They both looked at the sign and unanimously cried, “Are you hungry?” After a couple of sandwiches and naturally, a couple of chocolate bars at the next services the event stayed in their mind, and whilst struggling to come up with a name they both recalled the incidence. ‘Classic’ was born.

Their ego’s were chastised for a while after by close friends who thought that calling the label ‘Classic’ meant they had to live up to a lot. Fortunately the label wrote dance music history and although it was sadly stopped short much of its produce maintains a healthy spot in countless record boxes to this day.

The original idea was to put out a load of records made by them and their mates, start the catalogue numbers at 100 and work their way backwards until they reached zero. Cash in and buy a small island in the West Indies – the perfect plan. Unfortunately this didn’t happen.

Due to an ever changing musical business model, Classic was one of the first to get caught up it is beginnings. The advent of the digital generation, the damning of dance music by journalists (who in turn ended up shooting themselves in both feet) and the closure of their distribution company meant Derrick, Luke and close friend and co-owner of sister label, Music for Freaks, Justin Harris, were forced to put their hands in their pockets.

A few bob, a pop record and well earned rest later, Luke, Justin and Derrick have been able to take stock and watch the new industry evolve around them.

Now for the next chapter..

Classic is reborn, introducing a string of new releases, culminating in the back catalogue reworked and remixed by the new generation of electronic producers.

The onslaught will begin from September and will be kicked off by a wondrous remix of Rob Mello ‘Critical’, by man of the moment, Fabrice Lig. There will also be mixes of the much sought after single Freaks made with Robert Owens a few years back, some Derrick Carter mixes of ‘Stucco Homes’ and ‘Third Face’ and the superb after punk funk record by LDOE, featuring mixes from Luke Solomon. Not forgetting a remix of Isolee ‘Brazil.com’ by Henrik Schwarz. The list goes on..

Classic will also be hosting a series of parties to celebrate the regeneration along with label owners Derrick Carter, Luke Solomon and Justin Harris plus lots of special guests.
Forthcoming:

Commencing on Oct 13th with Rob Mello – Critical (Fabrice Lig remixes)
Chicago Dancefloor Voodoo – Transfusion (Edited by Derrick Carter)
Mike Dixon – House of Mouths (Brian Heath’s Guaranteed Analysis)
LDOE – Crimes (Luke Solomon remixes)
Freaks – Right Now (Reworked)
Brett Johnson and Dave Barker – Stucco Homes (remixes from James Curd, Luke Solomon & D)
Robbie Hardkiss – Everything is Changing (Justin Harris Re-doob)
“D’s New 3rd Fac3 Dub” (Rmx + More by Derrick Carter)

10.10.08 – Space reunion at East Village
Kenny Hawkes & Luke Solomon