Game With Fame presents… Play Gears of War 2 with Gym Class Heroes

Game With Fame presents… Play Gears of War 2 with Gym Class Heroes

Alternative indie and hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes will be on Xbox LIVE® January 16 to play members in Gears of War® 2. If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want a chance to play with Gym Class Heroes, send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (12:30 P.M.) the Game with Fame session starts on Friday, January 16 2009, 1:00 P.M. ET. If you get a chance to play with Gym Class Heroes, we want to hear about it! Send us an e-mail to xlmail@microsoft.com with the subject: “GWF – Gym Class Heroes.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and home town.

Gym Class Heroes have released two EPs and four studio albums, the latest of which is The Quilt, a mind-expanding record that also features appearances from Busta Rhymes and Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates. The album follows on the release of their gold-certified As Cruel As School Children, and their reception of the 2007 MTV Video Music Award Best New Artist designation. The band consists of Travis McCoy (vocals), Matt McGinley (drums), Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo (guitar), and Eric Roberts (bass).

Watch Gym Class Heros talking about tour and Game With Fame here:

Xbox Live Game With Fame: Gym Class Heroes

DATE: January 16th

TIME: 1-3PM

GAME: Gears of War 2

GAMERTAG: Gym Class GWF (space between Gym and Class, space between Class and GWF)

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50 CENT UNLEASHES HIS FOURTH ALBUM BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT Superstar Also Makes His Directorial Debut with Before I Self Destruct, a 90-minute Original Film

50 CENT UNLEASHES HIS FOURTH ALBUM BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT Superstar Also Makes His Directorial Debut with Before I Self Destruct, a 90-minute Original Film

50 Cent exploded onto the music scene with his blockbuster debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. Now he’s set to deliver his fourth major label album, Before I Self Destruct (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), on December 9, 2008.

For the explosive Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent returned to working closely with Dr. Dre and Eminem as he did on his first album. But Before I Self Destruct is more than an album. The package also includes a DVD with an original, gritty, feature-length movie he wrote, directed and starred in. 50 Cent proves with Before I Self Destruct that no one on the hip-hop scene is more aggressive about putting the street on stage.

With Dr. Dre and Eminem each producing and guesting on tracks, and led by the club-friendly first single, “Get Up,” produced by Scott Storch, Before I Self Destruct is darker and harder than last year’s Curtis. 50 Cent wrote much of the album while he, as Curtis Jackson, was also penning the 90-minute film of the same name that would be his directorial debut.

The film Before I Self Destruct is a coming of age story about an inner city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a supermarket. After his mother is tragically gunned down, Clarence (played by Jackson) is consumed by revenge and takes up a life of crime in order to support his younger brother.

“My film captures the harsh realities that reflect so many communities today. There will be some who will greatly identify with the characters and the situations presented and then there will be others who may be shocked at the struggles that go on in the inner city,” states 50 Cent. “I made the film for both groups.”

Before I Self Destruct, both album and film, continues 50 Cent’s phenomenal rise from street culture hero to superstardom. 2003’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ sold 872,000 units in the first four days of its release, making it the fastest-selling debut disc in the SoundScan era (since 1991). The #1 Pop, #1 R&B/Hip-hop album was the biggest seller of 2003 and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

2005’s The Massacre, again #1 Pop, #1 R&B/Hip-hop, was the second biggest-selling album of that year and has sold more than nine million copies worldwide. With the album’s “Candy Shop,” “Disco Inferno” and “How We Do,” 50 Cent became the first solo artist in Billboard history to have three singles in the Top 5 in the same week.

2007’s Curtis reached #2 Pop and #2 R&B/Hip-hop, selling more than five million copies worldwide. Three tracks reached the Top 40 of the Hot 100: “I Get Money,” “Ayo Technology” and “Straight To The Bank.” Time magazine named “I Get Money” one of “The 10 Best Songs of 2007.”

Thanks to Curtis, 50 Cent was honored as the year’s Best-Selling Hip-hop Artist at the 2007 World Music Awards. His music career has also been marked by an impressive 13 Grammy nominations, from Best New Artist to Best Rap Album.

In addition to his record label, G-Unit Records, 50 Cent has enjoyed enormous global success across a vast array of entrepreneurial ventures, including videogames, books, clothing, footwear, beverages, personal care products, automotive and more. He has also starred in a handful of films, including 2005’s semi-autobiographical Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro’s Righteous Kill and now Before I Self Destruct.

BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT TRAILER:

GYM CLASS HEROES ROLL OUT THE QUILT; AWARD-WINNING ALTERNATIVE HIP-HOP OUTFIT RETURN WITH STAR-STUDDED THIRD ALBUM; FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, COOKIE JAR, DEBUTS IN JULY, AS BAND HEADLINES VANS WARPED TOUR; THE QUILT DROPS EVERYWHERE SEPTEMBER 9TH

GYM CLASS HEROES ROLL OUT “THE QUILT”; AWARD-WINNING ALTERNATIVE HIP-HOP OUTFIT RETURN WITH STAR-STUDDED THIRD ALBUM; FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, “COOKIE JAR,” DEBUTS IN JULY, AS BAND HEADLINES VANS WARPED TOUR; “THE QUILT” DROPS EVERYWHERE SEPTEMBER 9TH

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Gym Class Heroes has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated third album, “THE QUILT.” The collection – which follows 2006’s RIAA gold-certified breakthrough, “AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN” – arrives in stores and at online retailers on September 9th.

“THE QUILT” will be preceded by the album’s first single, “Cookie Jar.” Produced by The-Dream (Rihanna, Usher, Chris Brown), the track will be available for digital purchase on July 8th. Gym Class Heroes recently wrapped production on a companion video for “Cookie Jar” with director Dale “Rage” Resteghini (Jim Jones, Lil’ Wayne). The clip will premiere later this summer.

For their new album, Gym Class Heroes teamed up with a number of extraordinary collaborators. In addition to The-Dream, producers include Cool & Dre (Yung Joc, Young Jeezy, The Game) and the Geneva, NY-based band’s longtime friend and collaborator, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. What’s more, “THE QUILT” features special guest contributions from the one-and-only Busta Rhymes, UK soul sensation Estelle, and the legendary Daryl Hall.

Gym Class Heroes will spend their summer busting out the new material as headliners on the just-underway Vans Warped Tour (see attached itinerary). In addition, the band will also join fellow Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording groups The Academy Is…, Cobra Starship, and Four Year Strong for summer shows in New Orleans, Montana, and Oregon.

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Acclaimed for their unique approach to alternative hip-hop, Gym Class Heroes became an international sensation in 2007 with their #1 blockbuster hit, “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America.” The track was a multiple chart-topping crossover smash and catapulted “AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN” to RIAA gold certification for sales exceeding 500,000.

The band was named “Best New Artist” at 2007’s MTV Video Music Awards, beating out such stars as Amy Winehouse and Carrie Underwood. GCH were all over music television, with live performances and videos for such tracks as the anthemic “Clothes Off!” appearing on MTV, its affiliated networks, and FUSE. Additional Gym Class Heroes TV appearances included performances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

A remarkably dedicated live act, Gym Class Heroes have toured nearly non-stop in recent years. In addition to headlining a number of packed-out tours, the band played at countless festivals and radio-sponsored shows, and shared stages with Fall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani.