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Jay-Z College Tour
Live Nation reports: Jay-Z is officially announcing his fall tour. With 21 dates confirmed, the tour will make stops at a mix of college campus arenas and traditional venues across North America starting at Penn State University on October 9th. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning on September 11th at LiveNation.com.

Prior to the tour kickoff, JAY-Z will hold a charity concert at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden on Friday, September 11th in support of the New York Police & Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund. For this live event, 100% of the proceeds from tickets sales and concert merchandise will go directly to the charity. For more information please visit www.answerthecall.org.

The fall tour is the follow-up to the historic "Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z: Heart of the City" tour where they performed for more than 600,000 fans and received rave reviews at every stop. The 28 date trek grossed more than $35 million. - more including dates

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Mike Doughty Set for New Album and Tour
PR reports: When Mike Doughty released his second official solo album, 2008's Golden Delicious, the reaction from fans was intense. "Some hated it, some loved it better than Soul Coughing," Doughty says. "I tend to take sharp left turns. Every time I put out a record, the audience seems to like what I did two years ago better. You'd think I could shrug it off because that's what always happens, but it always gets to me."

Doughty admits that his upcoming album, Sad Man Happy Man - released October 6th on ATO Records - is a reaction to his fans' reaction and that he's giving the people what they want. "I really went for the 'na-na-na's' and the simple choruses and stuff on Golden," he says. "The songs on Sad Man are more arcane and convoluted songwriting-wise, though they're sparer in terms of instrumentation. Although my choruses are still simple — I love taking phrases and repeating them ad infinitum."

The largely acoustic Sad Man Happy Man is a deliberate return to everything people love about Mike Doughty, he makes albums that simmer with verbal wit, and Sad Man Happy Man is no exception with its songs about everything from relationship bust-ups (Doughty was going through one while he was recording it) to his astute observations about the American economy. - more on this story

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Janet Jackson To Tribute Her Brother Michael at VMAs
MTV reports: MTV has announced that Janet Jackson will make a special appearance at the "2009 Video Music Awards. "

Janet, an MTV icon in her own right, will help open the entire show to honor Michael's celebrated career.

Previous reports noting that choreographer Frank Gaston is involved are erroneous. The Video Music Awards air Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM SHARP (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.)

- http://www.mtv.com

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Jennifer Hudson Now a Diva
vh1 reports: Jennifer Hudson's breakout roll as "Effie" in the Academy Award winning hit "Dreamgirls" garnered her every major acting award, but it was her powerful vocal abilities that first won her acclaim.

On her self-titled debut album, Jennifer received four Grammy nominations and won for "Best R&B Album." VH1 viewers will now get a chance to hear Jennifer sing live at the "VH1 Divas" concert which will be televised live on VH1 on Thursday, September 17 at 9:00pm.*

Special musical guests for the show include Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and Martina McBride. Kathy Griffin, Toni Braxton, Ryan Kwanten, Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port and the cast of MGM Film "Fame" (Asher Book, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Kherington Payne, Naturi Naughton, and Walter Perez) have all joined the "VH1 Divas" show as presenters for the evening. - more on this story

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Snoop the New Creative Head Dogg at Priority
EMI reports: EMI Music has appointed iconic, multi-media superstar Snoop Dogg to the new position of Creative Chairman of its famed Priority Records Label, where he will apply the same unique, creative and business savvy that established him as one of the most successful stars in Hip-Hop and helped define West Coast Rap as a major musical genre to develop great music for new and existing fans. Snoop Dogg will also release a new studio album for Priority that EMI will bring to fans around the world.

Snoop Dogg, a true global superstar who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and who has also become a beloved film and television personality, will release "Malice N Wonderland," his tenth studio album, this December. "Malice N Wonderland" will have production and mixing by The Dream, Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Danja, Nottz, and will feature Soulja Boy, Lil Jon, R. Kelly, The Dream, Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan.

As Creative Chairman of Priority, the label that established West Coast Rap as an influential musical force, Snoop will re-launch the legacy of Priority and will drive efforts to maximize untapped digital and branding opportunities at the label. He will also serve as Executive Producer for a new series of Priority releases slated to begin hitting the market next year to commemorate the label's 25th anniversary. Priority's genre-defining catalog includes classic recordings by Snoop, as well as from N.W.A, Eazy-E, Master P, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, EPMD and others. - more on this story

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Flea and Jason Mraz Among The Surfriders Celebrity Expression
PR reports: The 4th Annual Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Expression Session, sponsored by the Malibu Surfing Association and Barefoot Wine, will bring celebrities together to raise awareness and funds for the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the world's oceans, waves and beaches.

Part of Malibu Surfing Association's MSA Classic, the Celebrity Expression Session is a great opportunity to watch top-tier celebrities show off their surfing skills while demonstrating their commitment to coastal environmentalism.

The Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Expression Session will feature celebrity surfers such as Flea, Jason Mraz, Sal Masekela, Chris Shiflett, Eric Balfour, David Chokachi, Eric Avery, Peter Distefano, and Martyn Lenoble - more on this story

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OneRepublic Return With New Album and Tour
PR reports: In 2007, after seven years together as a band, OneRepublic took the world by storm with their debut release Dreaming Out Loud. The album included the smash first single "Apologize" which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide, and along with second single "Stop And Stare" propelled the album to platinum plus sales. Now the boys from Denver are back with a new set and a fall tour! Waking Up will be released November 17th on Mosley/Interscope Records. First single "All The Right Moves" will go for adds at radio September 22nd.

In support of their new release OneRepublic will join Rob Thomas on tour beginning September 23rd at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL (see below for complete itinerary).

OneRepublic recorded Waking Up in their home town of Denver, CO. Tedder, an accomplished producer in his own right, and one of the most sought after songwriters of today, has penned and produced hit singles for the likes of Leona Lewis, Beyonce, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez and Natasha Bedingfield and is currently working with Carrie Underwood, Rhianna, Adam Lambert and Rascal Flatts. Naturally he was up for producing duties on his band's new album. - more on this story

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Jesse McCartney Teams Up With T-Pain For Some Body Language
PR reports: Multi-platinum recording artist Jesse McCartney has teamed up with Grammy-nominated hip-hop singer/producer T-Pain for Jesse's latest single "Body Language," available for download today on iTunes.

Additionally, fans can now check out an exclusive video set to the infectious track at MySpace, which includes behind-the-scenes footage of Jesse on tour and in the studio recording with T-Pain.

Jesse co-wrote the deliriously upbeat "Body Language" (produced and recorded by The Movement) earlier this year and recorded in Miami with rapper T-Pain. T-Pain took notice of Jesse after Jesse covered the rapper's single, "Buy You A Drank" during his Yahoo performance. After seeing his stripped-down version of the original the collaboration seemed a natural fit. - more on this story

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Wolf & Cub Drop New Song
PR reports: Electrifying Aussie rockers, Wolf & Cub digitally released their new album, Science And Sorcery via iTunes recently and they've elected to encore this with the release of their blistering new single, One to the Other.

With its hypnotic bass and explosive guitars, One To The Other bends itself out of shape, recoils and surges back at you with each verse.

Science and Sorcery was produced by Chris Colonna (Bumblebeez) and sonically, transitions between deep rock grooves and psychedelic thunderstorms to dueling tribal beats and laser-guided rhythms. The Tripwire manages to encapsulate it all in their assessment that "No doubt Wolf & Cub will make you want to dance". And dance thee shall… - check out the video

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Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic Team Up To Form Crown Royale
Audible Treats reports: Bay Area-based MYX Music Label is proud to announce the signing of Crown Royale, the hip-hop duo comprised of Michigan emcee Buff1 and LA-based DJ Rhettmatic, in anticipation of their 2010 release.

The formation of Crown Royale marks a new chapter in the careers of both Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic, and both are proud to have MYX Music involved, "I'm honored to be part of the MYX Music Label family," says Rhettmatic, "To have a company like MYX interested and excited in the music Buff and myself make is a blessing, especially during these times with only a few indie labels around." Crown Royale now joins an extensive artist roster, and are more than proud to be in the same label family as Keelay & Zaire, Jern Eye, Fortilive, Kam Moye aka Supastition, and D.Black. "They're building a strong roster and I'm proud to be associated with so many artists I respect," explains Buff, "We're blessed to have a label that believes in what we do, is a fan of what we do, and wants to join forces with us."

Karim Panni, head of MYX Music Label, believes that, "Crown Royale represents that pure hip-hop feel the game needs right now. The combination of Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic is lethal. Rhettmatic is a good friend of mine and he approached me a year ago about the album, and once I heard some of the music, the signing was a no-brainer." I'm super excited to combine forces with A-Side Worldwide. We've both been in the indie game for a minute, and are creating what looks like a championship team." Having also recently signed emcee One Be Lo, MYX is expanding quickly and continues to affirm its spot as one of the leading independent hip-hop labels. "Buff1 and Rhettmatic is a classic combination. Crown Royale is undeniable. Both are at the top of their game right now, and I can't wait for the world to hear this music," proclaims A-Side Worldwide President Jackson Perry, "We're happy to hear that MYX is just as excited about CR as we are." - more on this story

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Brookville and The Postmarks Tour
PR reports: New York-based band Brookville and Unfiltered Records label mates The Postmarks announced today that they will co-headline a tour beginning September 29th at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. This is also the release date for Brookville's latest release Broken Lights.

Brookville and The Postmarks, who recently released their sophomore CD/LP Memoirs at the End of the World are both signed to Unfiltered Records which is run by Brookville's Andy Chase. Chase, who is also from the band Ivy, runs the six-year old Unfiltered under a new agreement with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group (ILG) to distribute his label.

The connections don't end here either. Andy Chase mixed Memoirs and The Postmarks' female lead singer Tim Yehezkely duets with Andy on Brookville's "Break My Heart". Expect to see the pair collaborating on stage on this tour as well. - more on this story

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