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Sun, 10th Apr 2011

VP RECORDS GIVES BACK ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 'Reggae's Gone Country' Album Underway

 

Country star John Rich and VP Records' Vice-President Cristy Barber 
on the set of Celebrity Apprentice in New York City.

 

(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK)  -  VP Records joins forces with Celebrity Apprentice to give back to charity as the company purchases $7000 worth of items at an art auction during the show's "The Art of the Deal" episode, which aired on April 3, 2011 on NBC. 

The label's CEO Christopher ChinPresident Randy Chin and Vice-President Cristy Barber participated in the auction to help raise money forCelebrity Apprentice contestant John Rich (of acclaimed country music group Big & Rich), to benefit his charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The label bought Gary Busey's painting for $5000 - a sale Busey personally brokered with the label's heads, as seen in the episode. The painting now hangs in the VP Records board room in New York. Additionally, Barber purchased Richard Hatch's final painting for $1000, to help the men's team,Team Backbone, sell every single painting in their auction. She also nabbed a New Era baseball hat, artistically decorated by John Rich. The hat was donated to Rich's young son, Cash.

This Celebrity Apprentice involvement materialized because of the partnership between Cristy Barber and John Rich, who have teamed up for a trailblazing project where the name says it all - Reggae's Gone Country. The highly-anticipated compilation album features various artists from both reggae and country music and is scheduled for release this summer as a joint venture between VP Records and Rich's label, Warner Brothers Nashville.

Barber produced the Grammy-nominated Def Jamaica, a star-studded meeting of the minds from the Def Jam hip-hop roster and Jamaican dancehall music, back in 2003. Now with this unprecedented fusion of reggae and country music from some of its biggest producers and stars, she is again seeking to make in-roads and bring the reggae genre to a new fan base, and perhaps the largest musical audience whose ears give country music its powerful backbone

"Classic country music is very big in Jamaica, which is what influenced me to do this project of having reggae artists cover classic country songs," revealsBarber. "It was natural to go to my friend John Rich, whom I have known for six years, to be my partner in this dream project."

Click here to view the full episode as the VP Records crew win their auctions with Gary Busey and Richard Hatch (auctions begin at 44 minutes into the episode). Please direct all press inquiries to the VP Records Publicity Department - Rhona Fox at 718-425-1151 or rhona.fox@vprecords.com

Thu, 17th Mar 2011

REGGAE MUSICIAN-SMILEY CULTURE

Reggae musician Smiley Culture, who scored two chart hits in the eighties, died on Tuesday following an incident with police in England.

The 'Police Officer' singer, real name David Emmanuel, is believed to have stabbed himself after officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey, earlier Tuesday.

He was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in september last year alongside four others,A spokesman for the independent Police Complaints

Commission confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact".

The 47-year-old, born and raised in south London, rose to fame as a DJ with the Saxon Studio sound system.

Mon, 21st Feb 2011

SNOOP DOGG LIVE IN CONCERT Friday, March 11, 2011 Club Cinema, Pompano Beach, Florida

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(NEW YORK, NY) - Rap superstar Snoop Dogg is bringing his special dose of "izzle" to South Florida fans as he appears live in concert on Friday, March 11 at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida. Known for his laid-back flow and lyrics that are anything but, Snoop Dogg has pioneered the rap movement for decades, transforming from a mere performer to now a multifaceted entrepreneur, in and out of music.

Born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, California, his thumbprint on the West Coast G-funk (gangsta funk) movement shot him to stardom since the early '90s, and he has remained at the top of the game up to now, a rare feat for any entertainer. One of the handful of artists responsible for spinning rap into pop, his early hits "Gin & Juice" and feature on Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" have turned rap songs into international anthems that remain at the top of play lists even today.

Snoop will be performing his classics as well as new tunes from his upcoming album, Doggumentary, scheduled for release just weeks after the show on March 29, and always looks forward to bringing his sounds up close and personal to his fans. "They know me in every hood in the world and they love me because I always show love to them," he has said. "They're the reason why I still get behind the mic and do these tours. I want to see their faces and let them know that Snoop is still ... with them."   

Snoop Dogg appears live in concert on Friday, March 11 at Club Cinema, located at 3251 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, FL 33064-6739. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $59.50 for VIP and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 9pm. For more concert information, contact famegroup99@gmail.com or call 954-651-9655. Please direct all media inquiries to FOX FUSE at contact@foxfuse.com or 212-300-3813.

Sun, 13th Feb 2011

UK Talent Train have departed and are accepting applications NOW!

UK TT Showcase is a competition designed to promote and develop upcoming talents giving them the opportunity to perform to a large supportive audience, professionals in the industry and friends & families of the competitors. Talent skills and music/entertainment industry knowledge is enhanced via workshops and referrals.

Working with two main categories, under and over 18’s, the UK Talent Train Showcase competition is open to:

Artists e.g. singers, rappers and emcees
Dancers
Comedians
Poets
Musicians e.g keyboard players, drummers, saxophonists
Entertainers e.g Musicians, acrobats and circus acts

The winner receives promotional benefits and £5,000 worth of cash prizes + promotional benefits.

to request an application form email info@uktalenttrain.co.uk and or contact 079 6006 6992 /079 8418 83340

APPLY NOW!Send your videos/showreels ONLY to talents@uktalenttrain.co.uk

"WHY DO CRIME WHEN THERE'S YOUR TALENT YOU CAN GET BEHIND?"

Thu, 20th Jan 2011

"Out the Gate" Busts Out the Gate at Hollywood Premiere LA PREMIERE Part 1

Hollywood Calif., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood is still buzzing about the premiere of the gritty urban-action film "Out The Gate." The star-studded event was held Thursday the 13th at Laemmle's Royal Theatre and the scene was electric. Camera flashes pulsed like a strobe light as the film's stars Paul Campbell, Shelli Boone, and Everton Dennis hit the red carpet. Numerous celebrities came out to support the event including Leon (Five Heartbeats, Temptations), Harold Perrineau (Lost, Oz) as well as Jamaican favorites Jeffrey Gunter (Naked Gun, Marked for Death), Stacyann Chin, and many more.

The near capacity crowd of 600 was on the edge of their seats laughing, clapping and interacting with the movie throughout the screening as Los Angeles witnessed the historical opening of the Jamaican feature. The response to the picture was tremendous. Immediately following the screening a question and answer session was held, moderated by reggae historian Roger Steffens, who offered the following quote about the movie - "'Out The Gate' is a vivid and moving reflection of the immigrant experience and the flagrant joy of musical creativity of our Jamaican cousins." - Roger Steffens. During the panel discussion "funny", "sincere" and "inspirational" were some of the adjectives used to describe the film.

he limited engagement continued over the weekend with showings to packed crowds at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre in West Hollywood. "The caribbean community in Los Angeles is small but strong and they came out in full force to support," stated Keith Lewis, one of the films producers. "There is a void of entertainment that is culturally relevant to the caribbean and african community, so it was a joy to hear such rave reviews," he continued.

Plans are underway for the Village Brothers directed film to premiere in New York and Jamaica, and continue on to Miami, Toronto, London. The film was produced by Far I Films, Inc a Jamaican/American owned and operated production company under the SAG indie agreement and shot on location in Clarendon Jamaica and Los Angeles. The producers have announced there will be a sequel to the film

The trailer for the movie and photos of the red carpet event are available at www.outthegate.com

Images from 'Out the Gate' Hollywood Premiere 1/13/11

all photos may be reprinted with photo credit 

Contact :

Far I Films, Inc

info@far-i-films.com

310.694-8032

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