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|Thurs, June 16, 2011 at 7:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
EarthTones & Hip Hop Connect present a set of groundbreaking international collaborations by conscious hip hop and R&B artists including KRS-One, K’Naan, Nneka, Ziggy Marley, Talib Kweli and Les Nubians, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2011
Social entrepreneur and multi-platinum music producer Frank Fitzpatrick had a bigger plan in mind when he created the music for the international dance film Beat the World. More than just another film soundtrack, Beat the World brings together some of the world’s most prominent conscious Hip Hop artists as part of Fitzpatrick’s growing vision to build new social paradigms through music and film.
When Somalian born, new-school rapper and World Cup ambassador K’NAAN joined forces with one of Hip Hop’s most respected founding fathers, KRS-One, to record the film’s title track, “Hip Hop Nation”, they too were on a mission: to represent the positive voice and power of the world’s largest music-based cultural movement – Hip Hop. In addition to helping Fitzpatrick bring an original voice to the film, they created an anthem for the evolution of the global Hip Hop movement.
In “Express Yourself”, reggae Icon Ziggy Marley and Nigerian-born powerhouse Nneka join forces to unveil another simple but crucial theme both for the film and Hip Hop culture: our need for self-expression, whether through music, dance, art, film or freedom of speech.
Other notable collaborations include the heroic “Infinite Love,” featuring top British rapper Sway together with the renowned lyrical wordsmith Talib Kweli, and the multilingual world-beat dance track “Must Be the Music” performed by Les Nubians (France), Lina (US) and MV Bill (Brazil). The soundtrack also includes the end title “Keep Shining” by Kenya-born, Canadian Hip Hop artist Shad, and is guaranteed to rock and inspire as deeply as the best of Nas or Kanye West.
Beat The World the Original Soundtrack is the first international Hip Hop soundtrack featuring cross-cultural collaborations between such highly prominent and socially conscious artists. Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Frank Fitzpatrick traveled the globe to write and record original songs with these innovative masters to show how the powerful influence of global Hip Hop culture can inspire, empower and connect the world’s youth.
Beat The World the Original Soundtrack is part of EarthTones’ Music with a Heart series, and is available June 21st exclusively on iTunes. A portion of the proceeds will go to a scholarship program for under-privileged kids to study at Debbie Allen's Dance Academy in Los Angeles. The film (coming out in the United States as You Got Served: Beat the World) and soundtrack will be released in over 20 countries this summer.
About Hip Hop Connect:
Hip Hop Connect is an independent label and production company specializing in socially conscious rap, Hip Hop and film soundtracks. Directed and co-founded by Frank Fitzpatrick, Hip Hop Connect’s mission is to connect and inspire young people around the world through compelling and conscientious Hip Hop songs and soundtracks.
About Frank Fitzpatrick:
Frank Fitzpatrick, a multi-platinum selling record producer, Grammy-nominated songwriter and award winning filmmaker, is a leading voice in the use of music for personal and social transformation. In addition to his 25 years creating successful media in Hollywood, Fitzpatrick has worked extensively in the non-profit sector and healing arts. Fitzpatrick has written and p
|Wed, June 15, 2011 at 5:41 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Music production company HillTop Records has long used new media to promote the works of America's up-and-coming songwriters. It now takes its web-savvy approach a step further by presenting the first ever Online Music Festival For Songwriters.
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) June 15, 2011
Hollywood-based music production company HillTop Records is proud to announce the launch of its First Annual Online Music Festival For Songwriters. The first of its kind, this state-of-the-art event invites America’s songwriters to present their music to a global audience—and maybe even win some prize money in the process. All up-and-coming songwriters are encouraged to upload MP3 files of their original songs, and all lovers of music are invited to attend the Festival—all completely free of charge.
All festival-goers need to virtually attend the First Annual HillTop Records Online Music Festival For Songwriters is an Internet connection. There is no charge to listen to the music or participate by clicking “like” on favorite songs. These votes will be tallied at the end of the festival to determine the winner of The People’s Choice Award, worth $500. Other prizes will be determined by HillTop’s expert panel of judges (all well-known professionals within the music industry) and awarded in the following categories: The Best of Genre Award (Rock, Pop, Country, Gospel, Urban/R&B) worth $250, The Grand Prize Award of $1000, and The HillTop Award, whose winner will receive a professionally produced CD (worth approximately $2,400) arranged and recorded by HillTop Records’ staff of professional musicians.
To upload a song to the Festival, songwriters may use the online form found on the event’s official website: http://www.hilltoprecordsmusicfestival.com. To be eligible, participants must own the copyright to the song (words and music.) All songs must have lyrics (no instrumentals will be accepted) and those lyrics must be in English. HillTop Records welcomes all up-and-coming songwriters to participate. They kindly request that established songwriters (those who already make a significant portion of their income from the songs they write) step aside to allow the event to focus on less well-known songwriters.
Already in progress, the First Annual HillTop Records Online Music Festival For Songwriters began showcasing songs on Monday, June 6th. The Festival will continue through Labor Day Weekend, and songwriters are encouraged to upload their material as soon as possible. The longer a song is in the Festival, the more chance it has of being heard by fans and music industry professionals—and the more chance it has to accumulate votes for The People’s Choice Award. Acting as a cutting-edge stage for America’s songwriters on the rise, the Festival promises to offer great fun and exposure all summer long.
Anyone interested in learning more about HillTop Records can visit the company’s official website (http://www.hilltoprecords.com) to read songwriter bios and even download songs. Music-lovers can also follow on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hilltoprecords, and read informative articles and letters from actual HillTop Records songwriters at http://hilltoprecords.blogspot.com. A current HillTop Records songwriter, Steve Euto-Mullis, recently wrote: “I want to thank you personally for your professional, consistent and kind correspondence and your dedication to making HillTop the label that records America’s songs and the company that truly is all about the songwriter.”
K L WeaverHillTop Records Inc.(323) 469-3366Email Information
|Wed, June 15, 2011 at 4:42 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Two men have been charged over an alleged plot to target soul singer Joss Stone, police in southwest England said on Wednesday.
Devon and Cornwall Police were alerted by suspicious locals and arrested the pair near Stone's home in the town of Cullompton, in the county of Devon, on Monday morning.
The men Junior Bradshaw, 30, and Kevin Liverpool, 33, both from the northern English city of Manchester, were charged with conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. They will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
British media reported that the men were involved in a suspected plot to target Stone, 24, who has sold around 11 million albums and has a personal fortune estimated at 9 million pounds ($15 million).
"I'd like to thank everyone for their concern but I'm absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal while the police continue with their inquiries," Stone said in a statement.
Stone, who attended the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April, is due to go on tour next month.
It was not immediately clear whether she was at her home in the Cullompton area on Monday.
Detective Inspector Steve Parker, who is leading the investigation, said: "The two men in custody had in their possession information relating to an individual in the Cullompton area and items which lead us to suspect that they may have intended to commit a criminal offense.
"We're unable to say any more at this time but I would like to thank the local residents for reporting the suspicious car."
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White and Michael Holden; editing by Steve Addison)
|Wed, June 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
BOSTON (Reuters) – America's 11 most endangered historic places range from a serene South Dakota mountain called Bear Butte threatened by wind and oil development to the New York home of acclaimed jazz artist John Coltrane, facing the ravages of age.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Wednesday published its 24th annual list in an effort to call attention to the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage gems that are threatened by destruction or irreparable damage.
Among them is an innovative former Pillsbury mill built in 1881 in Minnesota that stands vacant and vulnerable to piecemeal development, an outcome some hope to prevent.
Making public a list of endangered places is one way to garner support for their protection, the group said.
"We try to remind people that there are preservation opportunities in every community," organization president Stephanie Meeks told Reuters.
"We hope through this list we help people identify what is important and special about their neighborhood," she said.
Dozens of nominations were whittled down to the final list by a group of preservation experts, Meeks said.
"We're looking for things that have historic or architectural significance where there is an urgent threat and there is an opportunity for a positive outcome," she said.
Also on the 2011 list, Belmead-on-the-James, a landmark of African American heritage in Powhatan County, Virginia that is deteriorating; China Alley in Hanford, California where historic buildings lack any staff to enforce preservation protections; and Fort Gaines, a fortress on Alabama's Dauphin Island, threatened by erosion.
The group has also identified at risk: Greater Chaco Landscape, a swath of Native American sacred sites across northwestern New Mexico jeopardized by oil and gas exploration; Isaac Manchester Farm in Pennsylvania where longwall coal mining threatens the 400-acre property; Milwaukee's National Soldiers Home Historic District where buildings are on the verge of collapse; and Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, a concrete and glass cloverleaf-shaped building facing demolition.
Specific locations comprise most of the list but it also includes a more general item -- state funding for historic preservation, which has been on the chopping block in a number of legislatures.
Since 1988, the group has identified 233 properties on its annual endangered lists ranging from nationally recognizable spots to lesser known landmarks. During that time, only eight of those have been lost.
In a new twist to this year's announcement, the group issued a "watch status" site -- Charleston. It said burgeoning cruise ship tourism could tarnish the South Carolina city's historic character and suggested limiting the size, number and frequency of cruise ships docking at downtown piers.
(Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)
|Wed, June 15, 2011 at 7:57 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Thanks to his ubiquitous smash single "F*** You," hit album "The Lady Killer," and successes with Gnarls Barkley, singer-songwriter and rapper Cee Lo Green has already conquered the music business.
Now he's going after television. Not content with his judging role on the new hit TV show "The Voice," he is also hosting his own chat show, "Talking To Strangers," which debuts on June 22 on Fuse, a cable television music channel, and features Kelly Rowland, Train, Keri Hilson and Lupe Fiasco.
Green, 37, recently talked about the new show, his early struggles and why he admires firefighters.
Q: How did your new TV show come about?
A: "The people at Fuse TV have great taste! They came to me and I thought it would be a cool thing to do, and it is."
Q: What can people expect?
A: "You'll be seeing a variety of interviews with other musicians and live performances, which is pretty rare in music TV these days. You don't see full-on performances anymore, but my guests are doing four or five songs. And the way the show is taped, the audience isn't present for all the interviews, so they come in for the performances."
Q: Any surprises so far in doing the show?
A: "I think the surprise is the quality of content. What makes the show different is that it's me interviewing other artists about their lives and careers."
Q: You're now on two shows. Are you planning to take over TV completely?
A: "I think I can be in two places at once."
Q: Are you surprised how well "The Voice" is doing?
A: "Yes and no. I think it's just going to get bigger and bigger, and I've been pleasantly surprised at how much great talent is out there, and I'm just glad that my ears still work and that my heart still works."
Q: You're touring over the summer with Rihanna, you've got your TV shows, a hit album. Are you at the peak of your career?
A: "Yeah, I'm finally an overnight success -- after 18 years of hard work (laughs)".
Q: "You just reworked your big hit "F*** You" into "Thank You" for the volunteer firemen cause. How come?"
A: "I did it because my mother was one of the first black firewomen in Atlanta, Georgia, where I grew up, so I did it in her honor, and for all the volunteers."
Q: What did you inherit from her?
A: "Heart. That woman was all heart."
Q: And your dad?
A: "Nuts! (laughs hard). I'm a Gemini, so it's that split personality thing."
Q: Were you ever really down and out?
A: "Not like Tyler Perry, who was living out of his car before he finally made it, so not that bad. But we were all living at The Dungeon, which was a home recording studio in Atlanta. It was this basement with just dirt floors where we did a lot of the early recordings."
Q: You're famous for your outrageous costumes, like wearing the feather suit to the Grammys. How big an influence was Elton John?
A: "The b
|Wed, June 15, 2011 at 7:34 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Two men have been arrested near Joss Stone's home on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and murder, after reportedly being found in a car with swords, rope, a body bag and plans of the soul singer's secluded house.
Stone said in a statement that she was "absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal" as police faced a deadline to charge or release the suspects.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the men, aged 30 and 33, and from the Manchester area of northwest England, were arrested Monday morning near Stone's house in Cullompton, 175 miles (280 kilometers) southwest of London, after residents reported a suspicious-looking vehicle.
Detective Inspector Steve Parker said the men "had in their possession information relating to an individual in the Cullompton area and items which lead us to suspect that they may have intended to commit a criminal offense."
The force would not confirm a report in The Sun newspaper that the men had swords, rope and a body bag, as well as maps and aerial photos of Stone's property.
Parker said it was "important to stress that no properties have been burgled and no individuals have been harmed."
Two police officers stood guard Wednesday outside the gates to the house, which is on a quiet country road.
Stone's London publicists, DWL, said the singer was aware of the arrests and was being kept up to date by the police.
They would not say whether 24-year-old Stone was at home when the men were arrested.
The suspects were being questioned Wednesday at a police station. Police have until 7:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. EDT) Wednesday to charge or release them.
Stone came to fame in 2003 as a small-town teenager with a big, soulful voice, showcased on her best-selling debut album "The Soul Sessions" and hit singles including "Fell In Love With A Boy."
She won a Grammy Award in 2007 in the R&B category for her collaboration with John Legend and Van Hunt on a cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair," and is a member of rock supergroup Super Heavy with Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, reggae scion Damian Marley and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.
She has also taken acting roles, including that of Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in TV drama "The Tudors."
With a fortune estimated last month by the Sunday Times Rich List at 9 million pounds ($14.6 million), she still lives in the rural southwestern county of Devon where she was raised.
She is a friend of Prince William and was a guest at his wedding to Kate Middleton in April.
Stone is due to start a European tour in July.
|Tue, June 14, 2011 at 9:26 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies who are breastfed – especially those only fed breast milk, and not formula as well - are less likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, suggests a new analysis of past studies.
While the findings can't prove that breastfeeding causes the lower risk of SIDS, the authors write in Pediatrics that other explanations seem unlikely.
"Breastfeeding is the best method of feeding infants," said Dr. Fern Hauck, the study's lead author from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville.
SIDS, also known as "crib death," is defined as a sudden and unexplained death - usually during sleep -- in a baby less than one year old. It's most common in infants between two and four months old, according to the National Institutes of Health, and kills about 2,500 infants in the U.S. each year.
Researchers aren't sure what causes SIDS, but they known that African American and male babies are more likely to die from SIDS, and that parents can cut down on their baby's risk by making sure infants sleep on their backs and don't get too hot.
One theory for the cause of SIDS, said Hauck, is that it happens in babies sleeping with their faces down or heads covered who don't turn their heads or cry like most babies would, and slowly suffocate.
Breastfeeding could be linked to SIDS because it protects infants against minor infections that have also been shown to make sudden death more likely, the authors note. The World Health Organization, among other medical groups, recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life. (The WHO encourages continued breastfeeding, while introducing foods, up to age 2 or older).
In the new review, Hauck and her colleagues combined data from 18 studies that asked mothers of infants who had or hadn't died of SIDS about whether they breastfed the infants.
Combining the results, the researchers found that the rate of SIDS was 60 percent lower among infants who had any amount of breastfeeding compared to those who didn't breastfeed, and more than 70 percent lower in infants that been breastfed exclusively - without any formula - for any period of time.
That led the authors to conclude that any breastfeeding helps protect a baby against sudden death.
They note, however, that more research is needed to see if the duration of breastfeeding affects the risk of SIDS - specifically, if babies who are breastfed for longer get more protection that those who are only breastfed for a short time after birth.
The analysis doesn't definitively show that there's a cause and effect relationship between breastfeeding and SIDS risk, but Hauck said she is "fairly confident" that's the case.
"We found a protective effect even after controlling for factors that could explain the association," Hauck said. For example, the link remained even when the authors took into account the fact that women who smoke cigarettes are less likely to breastfeed, and also may be more likely to have an infant die from SIDS.
Hauck added that along with breastfeeding, babies who sleep in the same room as their parents - but not in the parents' bed - and those who use a pacifier while sleeping also have a smaller risk of sudden death.
The findings, the authors write, underscore the importance of promoting the positive effects of breastfeeding for both moms and babies.
SOURCE: http://bit.ly/kSEGVh Pediatrics, online June 13, 2011.