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PR reports: Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers has lent his star power to the Washington Nationals to raise awareness of diabetes and support the creation of a new Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National Medical Center in the nation's capital.
In a new PSA aired at the Washington Nationals game July 5, 16-year-old Jonas, who has Type 1 diabetes, encouraged fans to "text to give" to support children with diabetes. For each person who texts the word "NATS" to 90999, a $5 donation to Children's National Medical Center is billed to the donor's phone bill. The PSA appears on the Children's National website here.
Approximately 20 million Americans, including a growing number of children, have been diagnosed with diabetes. Children with diabetes, if it is not managed appropriately, are at risk of developing serious health complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, stroke, and loss of circulation resulting in amputation of limbs. There is no cure for diabetes; it is a 24-hour-a-day disease requiring intervention, monitoring, and balancing food choices to maintain a child's health.
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UMe reports: Former American Idol finalists, Michael Johns and Brooke White, have just announced a slew of tour dates. The first show will kick off in Pomona, CA on August 16th. Johns will be promoting his new album Hold Back My Heart, which hit stores in late June.
The Aussie singer will be premiering the video for the first single off the album, "Heart on My Sleeve," shortly. White will be out supporting her album High Hopes & Heartbreak which will be released on July 21st.
"Radio Radio," the first single pulled from the album has already had critics comparing her to greats like Carly Simon and Carol King. Both Johns and White's albums were produced by David Cobb who also worked with artists like Chris Cornell and Shooter Jennings.
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Reuters reports: Jamaican reggae and dance hall star Bounty Killa was arrested on assault and other charges on Thursday for an altercation with an off-duty policeman nearly two years ago.
Police said Bounty Killa, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, could face a sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Pryce was charged after a lengthy probe into the beating of a police officer on September 27, 2007, by members of the DJ's entourage.
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Billboard reports: Country sales are having a good year. The genre has accounted for 11.8% of all album sales through July 5, an increase from 10.3% last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital sales are up as well, to 11.5% of all country album sales from 7.8% last year.
But, those numbers change quite a bit when you remove the sales of the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack - the album falls under the country category - from the tally.
Without the album, country's share of total market sales drops seven tenths of a point to 11.1%. Take out "Hannah" and country's share of total CD sales drops to 12.6% from 13.4%
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Kayos reports: Many talents have graced the Montreux stage in the past, but on July 14, 2008, it hosted a very special evening of music. An incredible wealth of musicians appeared to honor one of the most influential and prolific creative forces in recorded music Quincy Jones. On July 21, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration Live at Montreux on DVD and Blu-ray.
Celebrating his 75th birthday, Quincy enjoyed presentations of countless musical gems performed by a varied array of artists, including Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, James Moody, Mick Hucknall, Petula Clark, Billy Cobham and Lee Ritenour. Backed by the Montreux house band (Greg Phillinganes and David Delhomme on keyboard, Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar, Nathan East on bass, John Robinson on drums, and percussionist Paulinho da Costa), the crowd was regaled with renditions of "Cool Joe, Mean Joe (Killer Joe)," "Let The Good Times Roll," "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," "Billie Jean," and many other divine and timeless songs. Clocking in at over two hours, this 2DVD and Blu-ray contains the bonus feature "Thank Q" with behind-the-scenes footage.
Founded in 1967, the annual Montreux Jazz Festival is considered one of the most prestigious music events in the world. Quincy has shared a long history with the Montreux Jazz Festival, so this was the perfect venue to revel in the magic his creativity has conjured.
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PR reports: The Swell Season, the Oscar-winning duo of Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Czech ingΘnue Marketa Irglova, are putting the finishing touches on 'Strict Joy,' (Sept 29), the follow-up to their beloved, surprise hit 2007 film and gold-certified soundtrack 'Once.' The twelve new, original songs on 'Strict Joy' were recorded last year and document a time of great change and tumult.
'Strict Joy,' which borrows its name from a work by Irish poet James Stephens, a work by Irish poet James Stephens, was co-produced by Hansard and Peter Katis (The National, Interpol), and recorded mostly at Katis' Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. In addition to Hansard and Irglova, the album features Frames members Colm Mac Iomaire (violin), Joe Doyle (bass), Rob Bochnik (guitar), plus guitarist Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen), pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), percussionist Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground Duo), horn players Steven Bernstein and Clark Gayton from Levon Helm's band, and others.
The Swell Season generated a wave of acclaim during the 2008 awards season including two Grammy nominations and an Oscar win for Best Original Song, for their hit single "Falling Slowly." The duo performed the song on the Oscars telecast, and Irglova provided one of the most memorable and poignant moments of the evening when host Jon Stewart called her back to the stage after a commercial break to give her acceptance speech.
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Filter reports: Acclaimed writer and film director Quentin Tarantino and Warner Bros. Records will join forces to release the original soundtrack to Tarantino's upcoming film Inglourious Basterds on August 18th - three days before the highly anticipated film his theaters nationwide on August 21st. [the tracklisting is still a mystery]
As evidenced by the eclectic soundtracks to such previous films as Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill, Tarantino is a huge music fan and treats music as an important character in each of his films. Though Tarantino is loathe to reveal details about what specific songs will be included on the soundtrack, preferring to keep it a surprise for the audience, Tarantino's longtime music director Mary Ramos says that the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack is similar to Kill Bill in that "it features Quentin-style 'deep cuts' - tracks that record company vaults don't even have. And because the film centers around a cinema, it will include songs from Nazi-era German screwball comedies and some of the coolest score cuts that have been meticulously chosen from films you've most likely never heard of but will want to Netflix right away!"
Inglourious Basterds was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where Christoph Waltz took home the Best Actor prize. Tarantino recently told the New York Times: "This ain't your daddy's World War II movie." The film is set in the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.
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ABC reports: Pop singer and actress Ashley Tisdale will launch the "Get a Clue" Video Clue Contest on July 17, 2009, leading up to the release of her sophomore album, Guilty Pleasure.
Tisdale will post video clues that will take her fans on an online scavenger hunt to collect answers for a chance to fly away and meet her at one of her shows. Fans will have an opportunity to submit their answers to the video clues online on July 28, 2009, the release date of Guilty Pleasure.
The week of Guilty Pleasure's release, Tisdale will appear on The Today Show on July 28, The View on July 29, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 30. Tisdale is also starring in the movie Aliens in the Attic, which hits theaters on July 31.
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PR reports: Atmosphere dropped a surprise Independence Day treat on their fans in the form of a free EP called Leak At Will. The EP coincides with Atmosphere's summer tour plans that include performances at Lollapolooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Francisco and a full slate of US Headlining dates highlighted by a show at Red Rocks in Colorado with Aesop Rock & Murs. Here's the message Slug of Atmosphere posted on the band's myspace page announcing the EP:
"Hello party people. As we approach the launch of our new digital online store Anthony and myself have put together another project that we are giving away for free to any of you who sign up for a user account on our online store www.FifthElementOnline.com.
The project is a 7 song EP called LEAK AT WILL, and it was a lot of fun to make. Nothing too serious, just smiles and cries. Consider it another "thank you" for all of the support you have offered us over the years. To retrieve it, just follow these simple steps below. And again, thank you very much. have a good summer."
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PR reports: The 80's hit making duo Air Supply fresh off their international spring tour to exotic destinations including Australia, Central America and Asia (Hong Kong, Tapei, Singapore), is NYC-bound for a performance and autograph signing at J&R Music store on Aug. 26.
J&R Music store has hosted live shows for artists including Beyoncι, Chaka Khan, KORN, and Stephen Marley to name a few. More than two decades after dominating the pop charts with romantic perennials like "All Out of Love," "The One That You Love," "Lost In Love" and "Making Love Out of Nothing At All," Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are making another splash with the two indie projects, Free Love, which is slated for a July 14 release, and The Singer and the Song, set for Sept. 15.
The albums are licensed by Odds On Records, a Las-Vegas based independent label which Air Supply signed a deal with earlier this year. Distributed by E1 Music (formerly Koch) and headed by former Warner Bros. marketing and promotion executive Ted Joseph, the full-service company plans to release a new Air Supply studio album in 2010, also the group's 35th anniversary.
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