Monday, March 31, 2008

U2 to Join Live Nation Artists

31 Mar 2008 05:45 Africa/Lagos

U2 to Join Live Nation Artists

LOS ANGELES, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Live Nation President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Rapino announced today that the company has reached an agreement in principle to enter into a 12-year global contractual relationship with U2, who will join the company's Live Nation Artists roster.


"U2 has created some of the greatest rock music of all time and their career has been uniquely successful," said Michael Cohl, Chairman of the Board of Live Nation and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation Artists. "It has long been our intention to consolidate and extend our relationship with U2, so this is a very exciting deal for us. The band has always been forward thinking and as one of our original and most successful artists, we are delighted to be able to work with them for many years into the future."

Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 has played to millions around the world on their ground-breaking tours. Their eleven studio albums have garnered 22 Grammy Awards and sold in excess of 140 million copies globally. Through this new association U2 and Live Nation Artists will collaborate on a variety of the band's global music enterprises including touring, merchandising, and the band's website,

"We've been dating for over 20 years now, it's about time we tied the knot," said U2's Bono. "With regards to, we feel we've got a great website, but we want to make it a lot better. We want a closer, more direct relationship between the band and its audience and Live Nation has pledged to help us with that."

Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Live Nation's Global Music Division and Chief Executive Officer of Global Touring, who has produced every U2 tour since PopMart in 1997, said, "Our long relationship with U2 has endured and flourished over the years. This is an opportunity to move forward with them while building on the past, utilizing our unparalleled global marketing platform to expand U2's universe into the future."

Paul McGuinness, U2's Manager said, "U2 are doing their best work right now, on record and in concert. The opportunity to integrate U2 and Live Nation's vision of the future is a great extension of our established business and of our working relationship with Arthur Fogel and Michael Cohl, which started back in 1980 at the El Mocambo in Toronto."

By expanding the scope of its activities with touring artists, Live Nation Artists unlocks value to increase economic benefits to artists through the creation of innovative new products, and delivery and distribution channels for music and other content. Operating within this new model, Live Nation Artists serves more than 1,000 artists through its array of services, including global touring, merchandise and licensing (Signatures Network, Anthill, TRUNK, Ltd.), sponsorship and strategic alliances, recorded music, studios, media rights, digital rights, fan club/websites (UltraStar, Musictoday), marketing and creative services (Tour Design) to facilitate direct artist to fan connection.

U2's longstanding relationship with Universal Music for recording and also publishing is not affected by the Live Nation deal. The deal is subject to the completion of documentation and is expected to be finalized in the coming months.


Live Nation is the future of the music business. With the most live concerts, music venues and festivals in the world and the most comprehensive concert search engine on the web, Live Nation is revolutionizing the music industry: onstage and online. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." Additional information about the company can be found at under the "About Us" section.

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CONTACT: John Vlautin of Live Nation, +1-310-867-7127,

Web site: Live Nation

Friday, March 28, 2008

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Eliot Spitzer's "Kristen" Is Now Hot Property

Eliot Spitzer's "Kristen" Ashley Alexandra Dupré's songs on are making her richer by the hour and she has made over $200, 000 from over 300, 000 downloads since yesterday as hundreds of thousands of people search for more details on the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal. Porn magazines have offered her millions of dollars to pose nude.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon & John Legend Join MoveOn to Announce 'Obama in 30 Seconds' TV Ad Contest

13 Mar 2008 17:22 Africa/Lagos

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon & John Legend Join MoveOn to Announce 'Obama in 30 Seconds' TV Ad Contest

Contest Profiles Real People's Creativity and Enthusiasm for Barack Obama

Winner Will Run On National Television

WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- joined forces today with Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Oliver Stone, multiple Grammy-winner John Legend and author Naomi Wolf to announce a new ad contest, "Obama in 30 Seconds." The contest provides a platform for Obama supporters to show in 30-second spots what inspires them about the Senator's candidacy. MoveOn will buy time to run the winning ad on national television.

"After eight years of President Bush campaigning on fear and war, people are feeling hopeful again. They're eager to talk about what inspires them about our country -- and Senator Obama leading it," said Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn. "Since creative and grassroots energy has helped power Barack Obama's campaign from the start, this contest is a great way to deliver that message of hope to voters in Pennsylvania and across the nation."

Joining MoveOn today in announcing the contest:

Ben Affleck, Academy Award-winning writer/actor/director:

"MoveOn's 'Obama in 30 seconds' ad contest is a chance for everyone, from aspiring filmmakers to armchair pundits, to raise their voices to put Obama over the top and help make history."

John Legend, Grammy-winning Musician:

"Part of the joy of this campaign is the tremendous amount of positive creativity it has inspired. I think this contest is a powerful way for ordinary citizens to be involved in an extraordinary moment in our history. I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

The ads, which will be submitted at the "Obama in 30 Seconds" website, will be judged by a celebrity judging panel that includes Academy Award-winning writer/actor/director Ben Affleck; Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor/director Steve Buscemi; Academy Award-winning writer/actor Matt Damon; progressive hero & future Congresswoman Donna Edwards; musician/activist Michael Franti; actor/musician/director Adrian Grenier; Academy Award-nominated producer Ted Hope; author & civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson; award-winning documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy; Grammy-winning recording artist John Legend; Stanford Law professor & founder of the Center for Internet and Society Lawrence Lessig; recording artist & Bush in 30 Seconds co-founder Moby; Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas; President of Lionsgate Entertainment Tom Ortenberg; Native American activist and documentary filmmaker Heather Rae; President of Focus Features James Schamus; producer, author, and entrepreneur Russell Simmons; author, lecturer, & experimental hip hop musician DJ Spooky; Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Ricki Stern; Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone; Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Annie Sundberg; Grammy & Golden Globe award-winning songwriter and musician Eddie Vedder; and New York Times best-selling author Naomi Wolf.

Contestants will be allowed to submit their ads between March 27th and April 1st. Beginning April 4th, 3.2 million MoveOn members and the public will have a chance to vote on which ads advance to the finals. On April 10th, the finalists will be announced and the panel of judges will begin judging the final ads. The winning ad, and ad-maker, will be announced on April 17th--just before Pennsylvania's April 22nd primary.

MoveOn Political Action will purchase air time on national television to air the winning ad, and the winning ad-maker will receive a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment.

For a complete description of the contest, please visit:


CONTACT: Trevor FitzGibbon, +1-202-246-5303, or Doug Gordon,
+1-202-494-5141, both for

Web Site:

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Lender to Michael Jackson: Pay Up or Beat It

Michael Jackson

8 Mar 2008 02:40 Africa/Lagos

Lender to Michael Jackson: Pay Up or Beat It


IRVINE, Calif., March 7 /PRNewswire/ --

For the second time in less than a month, the real estate bubble has burst on a rich and famous homeowner's palatial estate. Following closely on the heels of another trophy property recently sold on the auction block, Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is set to possibly suffer a similar fate.

On March 19, at 1:00 p.m., Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., is scheduled for a public auction at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse at 1100 Anacapa Street. The opening bid is estimated to be at least $20,000,000. The sprawling Jackson estate -- located at 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road -- sits on 2,800 acres of rolling hills in California's wine county north of Santa Barbara. Financial Title Co. filed the notice of trustee's sale with the Santa Barbara County Superior Court on Feb. 26. The auction notice for the property was recently posted on RealtyTrac, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties (

"We are starting to see evidence of a rise in high-end foreclosures across the nation," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer at RealtyTrac. "With the auction of the Hearst mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., and the scheduled auction of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, it appears that even the rich and famous are not immune to foreclosure."

Last month, the oceanfront south Florida mega mansion owned by the widow of publishing heir Randolph Hearst went on the auction block at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. Veronica Hearst's Manalapan estate -- known locally as Villa Venezio -- was auctioned for $22 million. Sitting on 3.5 acres of beachfront property, the 32,000 square foot trophy mansion -- complete with 9 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms -- was originally built in 1929 for the grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

About RealtyTrac Inc.

Ranked as the third largest real estate site by MediaMetrix and No. 53 on Inc. magazine's 2006 Inc. 500 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies, RealtyTrac Inc. (, is the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, providing all the resources that home seekers, investors and real estate agents need to locate, evaluate and buy properties below market value.

Founded in 1996, RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, For Sale By Owner, resale and new construction properties, with more than 1 million properties across the country, property reports, productivity tools and extensive professional resources. RealtyTrac hosts nearly 3 million unique visitors monthly and has been chosen to supply foreclosure data to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal's Real Estate Journal. For more information, visit

Source: RealtyTrac Inc.

CONTACT: Michelle Sabolich of Atomic Public Relations, +1-415-402-0230,, for RealtyTrac Inc.

Web site:

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

'Usher's Newest Single "Love In This Club" Skyrockets From #51* to #1*

5 Mar 2008 16:44 Africa/Lagos

'Usher's Newest Single "Love In This Club" Skyrockets From #51* to #1*

Usher's Newest Single Dominates U.S. Charts: Superstar's Smash Hit 'Love In This Club' Skyrockets From #51* to #1* on Billboard's Pop Singles Chart and is the Best-Selling Digital Song in the Country Fifth Studio Album Titled 'Here I Stand' Scheduled for Worldwide Release in June '08.

NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire/ --

Fans of LaFace/Zomba recording artist Usher are embracing the multi-talented superstar's newest song, "Love In This Club." It is the No. 1 song in the country making an astonishing leap from #51* to the No. 1* position on Billboard's "Hot 100 Singles" chart. "Love In This Club" also claims the No. 1 spot on SoundScan's digital tracks and iTunes tracks charts during the first week of its release. This accomplishment marks Usher's eighth No. 1 single in the United States.

"Love In This Club," featuring Young Jeezy, co-written by Usher and produced by Polow Da Don is also being well-received by music critics; Entertainment Weekly calls it a "Must" listen, proclaiming that Usher "returns with his magnetic club groove."

"Love In This Club" is the first single from his eagerly-awaited fifth studio album titled Here I Stand, slated for worldwide release this June. Here I Stand is Usher's follow-up to his history-making, 9x platinum-selling Confessions. Within the first week of the release of Confessions, Usher sold more than any other R&B artist in the history of SoundScan. The album spawned four #1 hit singles and Usher spent 40 weeks in the No. 1 position on The Billboard Hot 100 -- which is more than any other male artist in the nearly 50 year history of the chart. The multi-talented, five-time Grammy-winner, musician and actor has sold nearly 14 million copies of Confessions worldwide and it earned a multitude of honors including MTV, BET, and People's Choice awards.

Over the span of his 14-year career, Usher has sold close to 26 million albums worldwide and combining all of his single, album and DVD sales, he's sold in excess of 36 million units globally. With four studio albums, the eponymous first release, Usher (1994) and multi-platinum albums, the 6x-platinum My Way (1997),the 4x-platinum 8701 (2001), and the 9x-platinum Confessions (2004) and one gold-certified live album simply titled Live (1999), and a string of #1 hit singles including "U Remind Me," "U Got It Bad," "Yeah," "Burn," and "My Boo" Usher's return to the top of the charts is inevitable. The Tennessee-born, Atlanta raised performer, songwriter, producer, dancer, actor started his multi-faceted career at the age of 15-years old.

Usher Raymond IV has achieved what few other contemporary entertainers have ever accomplished. He most recently launched a successful line of signature fragrances, actively heads up his own charity, New Look Foundation, a camp for teens that teaches them about the entertainment business, and he is part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

He is currently gearing up to promote his forthcoming album.

Source: LaFace/Zomba

CONTACT: Patti Webster of W&W PR for LaFace-Zomba,

+1-732-469-5955,; or Wendy Washington of Zomba Label Group,


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Speed Racer To Be Simultaneously Released as IMAX(R) Film in May 2008

4 Mar 2008 13:30 Africa/Lagos

Speed Racer to be simultaneously released as IMAX(R) film in May 2008

Next Action/Adventure From the Makers of "The Matrix Trilogy" To Be Digitally Enhanced For IMAX's Larger-Than-Life Format

LOS ANGELES, March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Speed Racer, the action-packed adventure from the creators of 'The Matrix' trilogy, will be simultaneously released to IMAX(R) and conventional theatres on May 9, 2008. Speed Racer, based on the hit anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida, is written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. The film will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Warner Bros. Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

"Speed Racer combines riveting action with stunning special effects, making it an ideal choice for IMAX's format," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "We are delighted to release the film to IMAX theatres, where audiences can experience the next best thing to actually sitting in the driver's seat during this high speed adventure."

"Speed Racer is a fantastic addition to our 2008 film slate, and we are very pleased to welcome The Wachowski Brothers back to the world of IMAX," said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "The unique vision of these talented filmmakers has always been well suited to IMAX's format, and we're more than excited to be a part of this release."

"Speed Racer has all the elements for a powerful IMAX experience, with its broad appeal and spectacular effects," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "We are excited to be exhibiting the film internationally in this unique format."

"Audiences will experience an incredible thrill ride when they see Speed Racer in IMAX theatres this May," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Warner Bros Pictures, The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver are masters at telling stories specifically for the big IMAX screen, and with up to 14,000 watts of digital surround sound combined with crystal-clear, larger than life images, this movie and IMAX are made for each other."

Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer - whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret-some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie, Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X - to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading digital entertainment and technology companies. The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX(R) 3D, and IMAX DMR(R) technology. IMAX DMR is the Company's groundbreaking digital remastering technology that allows it to digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R). IMAX's renowned projectors and new digital systems display crystal-clear images on the world's biggest screens. The digital system being developed by IMAX is configured for an IMAX MPX-style auditorium, which is designed specifically to enable multiplex operators to more cost effectively enter into the IMAX theatre business. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of September 30, 2007, there were 296 IMAX theatres operating in 40 countries.

IMAX(R), IMAX(R) 3D, IMAX DMR(R), IMAX MPX(R), and The IMAX Experience(R) are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information on the Company can be found at

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include ongoing discussions with the SEC and OSC relating to their ongoing inquiries and the Company's financial reporting and accounting, the timing of theatre system deliveries, the mix of theatre systems shipped, the timing of the recognition of revenues and expenses on film production and distribution agreements, the performance of films, the viability of new businesses and products, risks arising from potential material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting and fluctuations in foreign currency and in the large format and general commercial exhibition market. These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2006, as well as IMAX's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q/A and Form 10Q.

Source: IMAX Corporation

CONTACT: Media: IMAX Corporation, New York, Sarah Gormley, (212)
821-0155,; Warner Bros. Pictures, Los Angeles, Jessica
Zacholl, (818) 954-3599,; Business Media:
Sloane & Company, New York, Whit Clay, (212) 446-1864,;
Investors: Integrated Corporate Relations, Amanda Mullin, (203) 682-8243,
amanda.,; Entertainment Media: Newman & Company, Los Angeles,
Al Newman, (310) 278-1560,

Nominations Announced for the 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC(R) AWARDS Country Music's Party of the Year(TM)

4 Mar 2008 18:45 Africa/Lagos

Nominations Announced for the 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC(R) AWARDS Country Music's Party of the Year(TM)

For The First Time In Academy Of Country Music History Fans Will Vote For Entertainer Of The Year!

Telecast To Air Live From MGM Grand In Las Vegas Sunday, May 18th At 8:00 PM Live ET/ Delayed PT On CBS Television Network

Kenny Chesney leads with 11 nominations; Rodney Atkins receives 6 nominations; Brad Paisley receives 4 individual nominations; Big & Rich and Sugarland receive 4 nominations as a duo; Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift each receive 3 nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations have been announced for the 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Winners will receive their awards during the star-studded event to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The nominees were announced at a press conference held today at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame(R) and Museum in Nashville. Participating in the press conference were multi-platinum recording artists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the Academy's current Top Male Vocalist and Top Female Vocalist. Paisley and Underwood read nominations live during a CBS' The Early Show broadcast, which also included live performances by Rodney Atkins and Miranda Lambert, the Academy's reigning Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Female Vocalist, respectively.

It was also announced that for the first time in Academy of Country Music history, fans will choose the winner of the Academy's highest honor, Entertainer of the Year. Fan voting begins May 5 and more details on how to participate will be announced at a later date.

This morning Kenny Chesney led with eleven nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. In addition, Chesney was nominated as an artist and producer for Album of the Year for Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Don't Blink." If Kenny Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, it will be his fourth consecutive win.

Rodney Atkins is nominated for six awards including Top Male Vocalist. He is also nominated for Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Watching You" and Album of the Year for If You're Going Through Hell. He won Top New Male Vocalist last year.

Brad Paisley is nominated in four categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for 5th Gear and Video of the Year for "Online." Last year, Paisley won Top Male Vocalist.

Big & Rich received four nominations including Top Vocal Duo and, for the song "Lost in this Moment," Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. John Rich is nominated for a producer and writer award, and Big Kenny is nominated for two producing awards.

Sugarland was also nominated for four awards including Top Vocal Duo, and for the song "Stay," Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. Jennifer Nettles also received two nominations for writing and producing, and Kristian Bush received one for producing.

Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift received three nominations each. Both received nominations this year for Top Female Vocalist. Lambert was also nominated for her album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and for Single Record of the Year for "Famous in a Small Town." She was last year's Top New Female Vocalist. Swift was also nominated this year for Top New Female Vocalist and her album Taylor Swift was nominated for Album of the Year.

Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, including selection of the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category. This year, for the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity to select the winner from the Entertainer of the Year nominees (more information to be released at a later date). Presenters and performers who will appear on the special will be announced.

Following is the list of final nominees in the 13 categories voted on by the membership. Winners in each of the following categories will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the television broadcast:


-- Kenny Chesney
-- Brad Paisley
-- Rascal Flatts
-- George Strait
-- Keith Urban


-- Rodney Atkins
-- Kenny Chesney
-- Brad Paisley
-- George Strait
-- Keith Urban


-- Miranda Lambert
-- Martina McBride
-- LeAnn Rimes
-- Taylor Swift
-- Carrie Underwood


-- Diamond Rio
-- Eagles
-- Emerson Drive
-- Little Big Town
-- Rascal Flatts


-- Big & Rich
-- Brooks & Dunn
-- Halfway To Hazard
-- Montgomery Gentry
-- Sugarland


-- Luke Bryan
-- Jack Ingram
-- Jake Owen


-- Sarah Buxton
-- Kellie Pickler
-- Taylor Swift


-- Carolina Rain
-- Lady Antebellum
-- The Wreckers

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

-- 5th Gear -- Brad Paisley (Arista Nashville)
Produced by Frank Rogers
-- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- Miranda Lambert (Columbia)
Produced by Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke
-- Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates -- Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
-- If You're Going Through Hell -- Rodney Atkins (Curb)
Produced by Rodney Atkins, Ted Hewitt
-- Taylor Swift -- Taylor Swift (Big Machine)
Produced by Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman
# 6 Produced by Robert Ellis Orrall

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record

-- Don't Blink
Kenny Chesney, Produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
-- Famous In A Small Town
Miranda Lambert, Produced by Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke
-- Lost In This Moment
Big & Rich, Produced by Big Kenny, John Rich
Warner Bros/WRN
-- Stay
Sugarland, Produced by Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles
-- Watching Airplanes
Gary Allan, Produced by Gary Allan , Mark Wright
MCA Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

-- Don't Blink
Kenny Chesney
Writers: Casey Beathard, Chris Wallin
Publishers: Lavender Zoo Music (BMI), Mama's Dream Music (ASCAP),
Sony/ATV Acuff Rose (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
-- Lost In This Moment
Big & Rich
Writers: Keith Anderson, Rodney Clawson, John Rich
Publishers: EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Romeo Cowboy Music (ASCAP),
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI),
Writer's Extreme Music (BMI)
-- Moments
Emerson Drive
Writers: Dave Berg, Annie Tate, Sam Tate
Publishers: Gravitron (SESAC), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
-- Watching You
Rodney Atkins
Writers: Rodney Atkins, Steve Dean, Brian White
Publishers: Bethar Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Multisongs
(SESAC), Songs From The White House (SESAC)
-- Stay
Writer: Jennifer Nettles
Publishers: Jennifer Nettles Publishing (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

-- Don't Blink -- Kenny Chesney
Producer: Tacklebox Films
Director: Shaun Silva
-- Lost In This Moment -- Big & Rich
Producer: Big Kenny, Steve Lamar, Marc Oswald
Director: Robert Deaton and George Flanigen
-- Online -- Brad Paisley
Producer: Frames Per Second
Director: Jason Alexander
-- Stay -- Sugarland
Producer: Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles
Director: Shaun Silva
-- Watching You -- Rodney Atkins
Producer: Broken Poet Production
Director: Eric Welch

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

-- Because Of You -- Reba McEntire Duet With Kelly Clarkson
Produced by Tony Brown, Reba McEntire
MCA Nashville
-- Find Out Who Your Friends Are -- Tracy Lawrence With Tim McGraw and
Kenny Chesney
Produced by Julian King, Tracy Lawrence
Rocky Comfort/CO5
-- Shiftwork -- Kenny Chesney Duet With George Strait
Produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
-- Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore -- Bon Jovi Featuring LeAnn Rimes
Produced by Dann Huff
-- What You Give Away -- Vince Gill With Sheryl Crow
Produced by Vince Gill, John Hobbs, Justin Niebank
MCA Nashville

PLEASE NOTE: Nominees in the technical or off-camera categories will be announced later in March. You may check back at for more information.

About the Academy of Country Music

Founded in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC is an artist and industry-driven organization, that provides the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of its Charitable Fund. The Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund promotes and supports music education and humanitarian programs that transform the human spirit. Through its charitable donations, the ACMCF works towards promoting Learning Through Music and Healing Through Music. The Academy is comprised of more than 4,500 professional members and more than 40,000 associate members and is headquartered in Encino, Calif.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The show is executive produced by R.A. Clark, and produced by Barry Adelman. The executive in charge of production is Bob Bardo.

For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, please visit For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND, please visit

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First Ever Feature Film About Legendary Musician Bob Marley

Bob Marley: The Legend Lives On
4 Mar 2008 16:50 Africa/Lagos

The Weinstein Company Acquires Rights to Produce the First Ever Feature Film About Legendary Musician Bob Marley

Feature Film to be Based on the Autobiography 'No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley' Written by Rita Marley

NEW YORK, March 4 /PRNewswire/ --

The Weinstein Company is thrilled to announce that they have acquired the rights to develop, produce and distribute the first ever biopic about the legendary Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist, Bob Marley and his wife Rita Marley. The feature film will be based on the autobiography "No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley" written by Rita Marley, the widow of the legendary reggae musician. The book is an intimate and epic account of their relationship, which went from the streets of Trenchtown to the heights of the international music and political worlds. Rudy Langlais ("The Hurricane") is set to produce the film from a script written by Lizzie Borden ("Working Girls"). Rita Marley will serve as executive producer. More details about the project will be announced soon. The announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.

Rita Marley stated, "Bob always told me, 'Wherever you are I will be there' and I didn't understand it until much later. Our lives began in a government yard in Trenchtown with hopes of reaching the world through music and through our dreams. I wrote my book to tell my story -- of the dreams we shared and those days we spent living and believing in our hope. I saw it and now we get to tell it through our movie. I've waited a long time to tell this story, about growing up in Jamaica and meeting Bob and making our music and falling in love and making our family. All that, and all that we went through went into this. Now is that time. This is my story."Harvey Weinstein stated, "I could not be more excited about this film and about bringing audiences around the world a true look into the delicate and dynamic lives of Rita and Bob Marley. Bob Marley was a prolific individual who has influenced and impacted the world with engaging messages he expressed through his moving and socially observant music. His voice commanded attention, it commanded compassion, and it commanded peace. He was a profound musical prophet, whose voice and words inspired generations across the world. We hope this film will resonate across all classes and creeds.

"Rudy Langlais stated, "Rita Marley is the only one and the only way to tell this extraordinary love story. There's a reggae song, 'She who lives it, knows it.' Rita lived it all with Bob - the rugged years in the Trenchtown ghetto, the rise to fame and stardom with the Wailers, the complex love affair that spanned his short life, the attempted assassination of both of them on the eve of a concert, and his tragic death at 35. Rita was there, she saw it all -- and she is taking us into the heart of it all through her amazing book and story. This is Rita's story of her life with Bob."Production Executive, Ben Famiglietti brought this project to The Weinstein Company, along with Michael Cole, Co-Head of Production. They will oversee the project on behalf of The Weinstein Company. Eric Roth, EVP of Business and Legal Affairs negotiated the deal on behalf of The Weinstein Company. Mickey Freiberg from ACME Talent Literary along with Eric Weissmann from Weissmann, Wolf, Bergman, Colman & Silverman negotiated on behalf of Rudy Langlais and Lizzie Borden. Attorneys Bob Epstein, Marvin Zolt and Claude Ismael represented Rita Marley in negotiations.

"No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley" written by Rita Marley with Hettie Jones, was published by Hyperion in May of 2004.About Rita MarleyRita Marley was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, married Bob Marley in 1966 and remained married to him until his death in 1981. She was the mother of two of his children, who displayed musical talent like their parents. Rita was also a musician, and performed with a girl-group called the I-Three who had been the back-up singers to Bob Marley and the Wailers. After having witnessed the visit of Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie to Jamaica in 1961, Rita Marley converted to the Rastafarian religion and introduced it to Bob as well. He began to devote his spiritual life to its beliefs and adopted its traditions, which included wearing his iconic dreadlocks. As Marley's music and persona became more and more controversial in Jamaica, the political turmoil it stirred resulted in an assassination attempt on the eve of a concert in Kingston, at which Bob and Rita were shot. To this day, Rita Marley is a benefactor of numerous humanitarian causes. She continues to perform worldwide and lives in Ghana, West Africa.

About Bob Marley

Bob Marley was born under the name of Nesta Robert Marley in the Jamaican countryside town of Nine Miles in 1945. His father was a white Jamaican Marine Officer and Captain of English descent, while his mother was a young black Jamaican girl. After his father's death, Bob moved with his mother to the Kingston ghetto of Trenchtown. There he began playing music, imitating American R&B, and soon formed a band with several other musicians, including Neville O'Riley Livingston and Peter Tosh, calling themselves The Wailers. Their music evolved into what they called "reggae," expressing their rebellious spirit against British colonial rule. Financed by Island Record owner and fellow Jamaican Chris Blackwell, Marley and the Wailers soon were brought to international attention and broke out into world fame. Marley went solo under Blackwell's direction and became an international legend, his music addressing everything from passionate love to revolution in the third world, to humanity's unity in the anthem "One Love." Bob Marley died of a long- gestating cancer in 1981. At the end of the century, Time Magazine and The New York Times named him the most important popular artist of the 20th Century and his record "Exodus" the important record of the century. He was also awarded the United Nations Medal of Peace for the Third World.

About The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner.During the Weinsteins' tenure at Miramax Films the company released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films which received 249 Academy Award(R) nominations and won 60 Oscars(R), have generated billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts and billions more in home video sales. In its history, Dimension Films has released some of the most successful franchises including "Scream," "Spy Kids" and "Scary Movie.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Rihanna: I am Not Dating Chris Brown

Rihanna has come of age. She is all woman.

The R&B superstar Rihanna has dismissed the rumours that she is dating singer Chris Brown. She says she is still single and free and enjoying her celebrity life.

Chris Brown sings another love song to melt the hearts of teenage girls.

Chris Brown and Rihanna together for a duet of love?

Here are the details of how the rumours started. See their pictures.