MySpace Music Premieres Common and Musiq Soulchild Latest Offerings Fans Will Be Able to Stream the Entire Albums Before Official Release

***MYSPACE MUSIC ALBUM EXCLUSIVES***

MySpace Music Premieres Common and Musiq Soulchild Latest Offerings Fans Will Be Able to Stream the Entire Albums Before Official Release

MySpace Music, the world’s premier online music portal, is proud to announce the exclusive premieres of Common’s “Universal Mind Control” and Musiq Soulchild’s “ONMYRADIO”. Their highly anticipated albums will available for free streaming in its entirety on MySpace Music beginning this Saturday, December 6. This exclusive previews will lead into the official album releases on Tuesday, December 9th.

Be sure to check out Common’s official MySpace profile for his latest music, news, and video by visiting http://www.myspace.com/common.

Be sure to check out Musiq Soulchild’s official MySpace profile for his latest music, news and video by visiting http://www.myspace.com/musiqsoulchild.

MySpace Music revolves around the millions major, indie, and unsigned artists that use their MySpace music profiles to communicate and intimately connect with fans and friends. Each music profile empowers artists to upload video content, blog, post tour dates, lyrics, and make their music available to fans for stream or download. As one of the most popular and highly trafficked music platforms in the world, MySpace Music has evolved into an offline experience by connecting bands and fans around the world through various concert series and live events.

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About MySpace Music

MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music 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, The Release, Front to Back and The List.

Barack Obama’s Presidential Victory Inspires Hip-Hop Artist COMMON To Leak Song Entitled Changes

Barack Obama’s Presidential Victory Inspires Hip-Hop Artist COMMON To Leak Song Entitled “Changes”

Upon news of Barack Obama’s Presidential victory, Grammy winning hip-hop artist, actor, and children’s book author Common decided to leak the song “Changes” early off his upcoming album Universal Mind Control, which is set for release on December 9th, 2008. The song, which features singer Muhsinah Abdul-Karim as well as a special spoken word appearance by his daughter Omoye, is about this redefining moment in our country and the world.

“I wrote this song to inspire the young world to believe that change can happen. To be honest, I also envisioned it as a great inaugural song for Barack Obama,” said Common from his hometown of Chicago.

Common has always been vocal about his support of Barack Obama and was even the first hip-hop artist to name check him in a song almost four years ago. Hopeful about Obama’s chances of a victory, Common was inspired to pen “Changes” during the campaign, but when hope became a reality, he was moved to leak the song ahead of schedule.

About Common:

Common has risen to prominence as one of hip-hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists recording over seven albums. He’s currently preparing to release his eighth album on December 9th, 2008 entitled “Universal Mind Control”.

On the acting front his credits include “SMOKIN’ ACES”, “AMERICAN GANGSTER”, and “STREET KINGS”. Most recently he was in the summer blockbuster “WANTED” opposite Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. His next film is the summer 2009 release “TERMINATOR SALVATION”, directed by McG and starring Christian Bale.

Common has also written children’s books, including I Like You But I Love Me, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He recently launched the Common Ground Foundation (www.commongroundfoundation.org), an organization dedicated to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States. His official website is www.thinkcommon.com.

Common Kicks Off New Artist Interview Series on ZUNE MARKETPLACE The Green Room video podcast series launches today to take music fans behind-the-scenes with their favorite artists

Common Kicks Off New Artist Interview Series on ZUNE MARKETPLACE “The Green Room” video podcast series launches today to take music fans behind-the-scenes with their favorite artists

Zune Marketplace will now give consumers regular access to exclusive, backstage interviews with many of their favorite artists. Launching today, The Green Room video podcast series will take consumers behind the scenes of some of this year’s hottest concerts with unique interviews with artists like Common, Oasis, T.I. and many others. In the premier set of episodes, The Green Room crew sits down with Grammy award winning hip-hop icon and actor Common at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. Currently touring to promote his new album Universal Mind Control, Common talks to Zune about the artistic process of recording and performing as well as what it takes to balance a music and movie career.

Zune Marketplace will also offer the free, exclusive download premiere of Common’s new video “Universal Mind Control,” directed by Hype Williams and featuring Pharrell. These initiatives are part of a larger integrated marketing partnership between Common and Zune, which includes activities built around his current tour with N.E.R.D. as well as content on Zune Marketplace.

“Zune is another way for me to connect with my fans and offer them something they can’t get anywhere else,” said Common. “It’s awakened me to a new way of discovering music.”

To celebrate the launch of the series, Zune Marketplace will feature new Green Room episodes all week:

10/7: Common at Showbox SoDo in Seattle
10/7: Oasis at WaMu Theatre in Seattle
10/8: T.I. at Zune L.A.
10/9: Dierks Bentley at Xbox headquarters in Seattle
10/10: Seun Kuti at the Moore Theatre in Seattle

Going forward, the free podcasts will continue to roll out once a week, with the next episode featuring Raphael Saadiq on October 14th. Fans can subscribe to the series for free to get new episodes automatically added to their collection and can also sync the episodes to their Zune to enjoy on the go.

In addition to editorial content like The Green Room podcast series and featured artists and playlists, Zune Marketplace offers personalized music recommendations and custom music channels to help people find more of the music they love. Consumers can download music, videos and TV shows individually or choose a Zune Pass subscription to get all the music they love for $14.99 per month. Visit www.zune.net/free to try Zune Pass for free.

Check out what the Green Room series is all about by watching a trailer here:

See a clip from the exclusive Common episodes here:

Visit Common’s personalized Zune artist page at http://zune.net/common
Get all the information you need about the Green Room series at http://www.zune.net/thegreenroom
Visit Zune and download the free Zune PC software at http://www.zune.net

COMMON – Universal Mind Control Video Clip

COMMON – Universal Mind Control Video Clip

Here is an exclusive clip of the New Universal Mind Control video directed by Hype Williams from Common’s forthcoming album Universal Mind Control (formally known as Invincible Summer). Look for the full length video to be released soon and the album in early November 2008

Common and Just Blaze Release The Light ’08 (It’s Love) (Smirnoff Signature Mix)

SMIRNOFF SIGNATURE MIX SERIES PRESENTS “THE LIGHT ’08 (IT’S LOVE) (SMIRNOFF SIGNATURE MIX)” BY COMMON AND JUST BLAZE

The second song from the Smirnoff Signature Mix Series is downloadable for FREE at http://www.SmirnoffSignatureMixSeries.com

The Smirnoff Signature Mix Series is a campaign pairing three acclaimed rappers with some serious beatmakers to create new versions of iconic hip-hop songs. Internationally renowned artists Common, Q-Tip, and KRS One are joining musical forces with Just Blaze, Cool & Dre, and DJ Premier to re-imagine Common’s “The Light,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight,” and Boogie Down Productions’ seminal “Criminal Minded.”

The site launched last week with KRS One and DJ Premier’s “Criminal Minded ’08 (Smirnoff Signature Mix).”
This week download Common and Just Blaze’s “The Light ’08” featuring vocals by Marsha Ambrosius and Bilal. And on March 4th, be on the lookout for Q-Tip and Cool & Dre’s “Midnight ’08.”
Be sure to keep checking the site for exclusive videos and content.

STREAMS: The Light ’08 (It’s Love) (Smirnoff Signature Mix)”
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7 GRAND RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF GURU’S JAZZMATAZZ: THE TIMEBOMB/BACK TO THE FUTURE MIXTAPE FEATURING DAMIAN MARLEY, LORD TARIQ, ZION I, COMMON, DOO WOP, TONY TOUCH, ACEYALONE, NATURE, K-BORN, HIGH POWER, MR. LIF, AND MORE.

7 GRAND RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF GURU’S JAZZMATAZZ: THE TIMEBOMB/BACK TO THE FUTURE MIXTAPE FEATURING DAMIAN MARLEY, LORD TARIQ, ZION I, COMMON, DOO WOP, TONY TOUCH, ACEYALONE, NATURE, K-BORN, HIGH POWER, MR. LIF, AND MORE.

PRODUCED BY SUPERPRODUCER SOLAR HOSTED BY THE MIXTAPE LEGEND DJ DOO WOP.

7 GRAND RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF GURU’S JAZZMATAZZ: THE TIMEBOMB/BACK TO THE FUTURE MIXTAPE FEATURING DAMIAN MARLEY, LORD TARIQ, ZION I, COMMON, DOO WOP, TONY TOUCH, ACEYALONE, NATURE, K-BORN, HIGH POWER, MR. LIF, AND MORE.

(7 Grand Records, New York, NY January 3, 2008) – Fresh off an international tour, Guru, super-producer, Solar, and 7 Grand Records announce the February 2008 release of Guru’s Jazzmatazz: The Timebomb/Back To The Future Mixtape, the “raw” companion to the Jazzmatazz Vol. 4 album. The Mixtape carefully and superbly crafted by Super-producer Solar exhibits the “Golden Era” New York essence along with a cutting edge futuristic twist! Hence the title, “Back To The Future.”

The tracks are pure “bangers” and the guest appearances are classic as they compliment Guru’s iconic yet streetwise vocals! The MC’s selected represent the best of America’s true Hip Hop artists that hail from the “Underground” scene that Guru has remained so true to. There are features such as reggae artist Damian Marley, Aceyalone and Zion I from the West Coast, Blue Scholars from Seattle, Mr. Lif from Boston, Yungun from London, as well as legends Lord Tariq from the Bronx, Nature from Queensbridge, C. Knowledge from Digable Planets and Tony Touch to name a few. The album also features up-and-coming 7 Grand Records artists K. Born & Highpower from Philadelphia and Young Pablo from Paterson, New Jersey. This is no ordinary mixtape CD as it is hosted by the Mixtape King himself, DJ Doo Wop, who is featured on a couple of tracks.

“Since the inception of Jazzmatazz, one of our main focuses has been to create music for every generation, for the music lover. The Jazzmatazz series has always been about charting new territories, blurring genre lines, and collaborating with artists to create music that’s timeless and relevant.”

With a career that spans over a decade and one that is now eleven-LP’s deep, Guru has been able to stay relevant when many of his counterparts have faded into the background. Now with a musical and business partnership in full motion with Solar, and the formation of their new label, 7 Grand, Guru feels even more reinvigorated. “7 Grand Records allows me not only to be creative, but to finally be in control of my creativity. Between us you’ve got a legendary spitter that’s still hungry and still relevant, teamed up with the hottest New York producer in the game, which makes for a musical vision that is powerfully important and virtually unstoppable.” Solar adds, “7 Grand Records is the epitome of what great NY Hip-Hop represents taken to the new millennium and beyond! Now in control of our own label, we’re free to introduce forward-thinking Hip-Hop concepts to the masses,” explains Solar.

In the past, Guru’s Jazzmatazz endeavors have enabled him to collaborate with a who’s who list of legendary musical icons including Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis and popular cross-over favorites including Macy Gray, The Roots, Erykah Badu and Angie Stone. When asked how he has been able stay such a viable force in the music industry Guru states matter of factly “be honest with yourself, be original, be open to criticism and don’t be afraid to reinvent and recreate yourself.”

With Guru’s Jazzmatazz Volume 4: The Hip-Hop Messenger (Back To The Future) and it’s companion mixtape Guru’s Jazzmatazz: The Time Bomb (Back To The Future Mixtape), Guru and Solar have delivered another fresh approach, one that’s not only an interesting attempt at boundary-crossing but also a compelling enough to bridge the jazz, hip-hop & soul enthusiast all at the same time

ABOUT 7 GRAND RECORDS

7 Grand Records are dedicated to the art of hip-hop and beyond. Whether it’s providing an outlet for challenging and stimulating music or releasing records with high artistic value, Guru and Solar are committed to providing an independent outlet for highly creative and uncompromising art.