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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pepsi brings MJ back on cans

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While his family was fueding over the estate this summer, the late Michael Jackson returned, that is on one billion Pepsi cans. 

To coincide with the re-release of "Bad" Pepsi is banking on MJ's nostalgia. They released collectible cans of their beverage  featuring a silouhette of MJ dancing.  There were also commericals that aired in select markets around the world as a part of a global brand push. The cans were released in China coincide with the 25th anniversary of the multi-platinum Bad album that is arguably one of Jackson’s best. The cans  allowed consumers to scan a code for access to remixes of his hit song ‘Bad.’

Despite its best efforts in the past, Pepsi has not been able to dethrone the CocCola Company as the "King of Soda Pop." Will MJ's spirit will make a diference?

"We are thrilled to bring Michael and Pepsi back together, as they were in 1988, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ‘Bad’ album and tour and to put Michael on one billion Pepsi cans–perhaps a Guinness record," says John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. "We're excited to see it all come to life."
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lead Single from Upcoming "Church Muzik and Inspiration" CD from Half Mile Home Nods to Billy Preston

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Click The Slice Player to hear the New Single “So Good”
by Half Mile Home

( Akron , OH – September 18, 2012) –The Ohio-based gospel group Half Mile Home is scheduled to release a new album, Church Muzik & Inspiration, on November 6. The 14-track CD offers a wide range of music from traditional to contemporary gospel with and urban twist.

The four members of the musically self-contained group—Terrance “Buttons” Burton (lead vocalist, drummer and songwriter), Todd “Ty Traxx” Burton (pianist and producer), Darryl “Deaken” Brownlee (lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter) and Dwayne “Weezie” Satterfield (bass player)—grew up as “church boys” in Akron, Ohio, before embarking on a career in R&B music in the 1990s. In 2004, they returned to their gospel roots, but brought some of their R&B and hip-hop vibe with them, resulting in a unique and engaging musical style with a message of hope and encouragement. That inspirational musical blend is on full display on the Church Muzik & Inspiration CD.

The new single, “So Good,” uses the tune from Billy Preston’s 1970s hit, “Nothing From Nothing,” as the bases of a song that celebrates how good God is. “The tune is familiar, so it grabs people’s attention,” he says. “They think we’re going to sing one thing, but then we’re talking about how good God is. Not enough people talk about how good God is, and we need to start talking more about it. We need to be encouraging. That’s one of the reasons I wrote this song.”

“We [Half Mile Home] have been together for a long time,” says Todd Burton, producer of Half Mile Home. “We are looking forward to getting on the road to promote the new single and album. We are blessed to still be in the music business, singing and doing what we love best. But more importantly, we are in service to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Half Mile Home has received a great deal of support from various industry veterans such as Dr. Bobby Jones and Fred Hammond. “A group like this is very rare,” says Fred Hammond. “The guys are self-contained—they write, produce, play and sing. They remind me of my group Commissioned.” Dr. Bobby Jones, best known for giving so many artists their break in gospel music, says, “I predict that this group will have long lasting success.”

The album features praise and worship songs, quartet music, and traditional and contemporary gospel and inspirational music. However, in many ways, Half Mile Home’s powerful sound defies categorization. “It’s very difficult to put us into any certain box,” says Buttons. “I would just say its God music. Instead of Rhythm & Blues, it’s Rhythm & Light. We most definitely have rhythm, and we’re trying to show our light. We’re making sure we show people that there’s a possibility to continue to let your light shine through Christ. We’re trying to do that on a daily basis.”

All of the songs on the CD were written by Half Mile Home members, particularly the musically gifted brothers, Buttons and Todd. “Our intention, when we were creating this album, was to have something that could minister to all people: the saved as well as the unsaved,” says Todd. “Our purpose for this particular album was to create music that everybody could relate to. And with God leading us, we’ve been able to successfully put that together on this new project.”

In 2004, Half Mile Home’s debut gospel project, aptly named The Movement, was released by the esteemed label, Malaco Records. The album’s single, “Do It Again,” was a huge success, establishing them as rising gospel artists. The group travels around the country to minister to audiences at churches, concerts and community events. Their unique sound and high energy have attracted fans of all ages and a range of musical preferences.

Half Mile Home’s musical journey began in the church, but, inspired and influenced by Ohio’s music industry VIPs such as the O’Jays, the Ohio Players, Babyface, Roger Troutman & Zapp, Tracy Chapman, Macy Gray, Lakeside, and The Deele, as well as hometown music idols Howard Hewitt and James Ingram, who both hail from Akron, the group’s members set their sights on being the next successful R&B group to come out of the Buckeye State. In the early 1990s, the group was on its way to fulfilling that dream when they landed a recording contract with Dick Griffey’s legendary Solar Records, where the group was given the provocative name, 1-900. Handling the production for 1-900’s debut album was Jodeci’s leader Devanté Swing and his Swing Mob production team. With their smooth sound and tight harmonies, the quartet was gaining attention in the industry. But not long after the release of their debut album, Solar Records unexpectedly shuttered its doors, leaving the group without a home. Columbia Records picked up some of Solar’s artists, including 1-900, but the group did not like the direction they were going in, so they did not pen a deal.

In the mid-1990s, Buttons, Todd Ty Traxx, Deaken and Weezie decided to regroup, starting with changing the group’s name to After The Rain. During that time, some of the group members ventured out on their own. Weezie landed a position as bass player in Jodeci’s live and studio bands. At the same time, Buttons was signed to Raphael Saadiq’s label, Pookie Records, as a solo artist, and also secured a position as a staff songwriter for the production company of Ohio luminary Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds . The label never came through with an album for Buttons, and he decided to turn his full attention to After The Rain.

The group again met with some success and went on tour with artists such as Anita Baker, Gerald Lavert, Ginuwine, Dru Hill, Next, Case and Michael Cooper, but over time it became evident that the group members didn’t feel at home with the R&B lifestyle. All were raised in the church and many are preachers’ kids, and it turned out that you can take the man out of the church, but you can’t take the church out of the man. “None of us smoke or drink and to see that, and some other things, on a consistent basis was really tough for us,” says Buttons. “We had to hold each other accountable for what we stood for.” What the group members didn’t understand at the time was that their actions were ministering to the other musicians. “When we would go around the other musicians, they would hide their cigarettes and their drinks,” Buttons continues. We didn’t know that we were making witness to the fact that God is still in control and that our colleagues respected who we were.”

Their discomfort on the tour led to some serious soul searching among group members about the direction of their careers. Out of that process, came the decision to go back to their roots and transition from R&B to gospel. As they were preparing to change the focus of their music, the group literally got a sign that led to second name change.

“We were coming back to town after being on the road,” explains Buttons. “I knew that I was done with R&B and we had pretty much decided to do gospel music. As we were driving down the highway and getting closer to Akron, I saw a road sign that said we were a half a mile away from Akron, which meant we were a half mile from home. I knew that was it. Half Mile Home fit us so perfectly. It spoke to our transition.”

When the group isn’t on the road or in the studio, the members, who are all entrepreneurs, run their businesses, serve their churches, and spend as much time as they can with their families. The members of Half Mile Home have no regrets about their decision to walk away from their R&B dreams and use their talents to serve God. “At the end of the day, the idea is to be active and bless people by using your art to tell what God is doing for you,” says Buttons. Todd agrees. “R&B just wasn’t where we felt we needed to be. We knew that we were supposed to be doing something different. And we came back to do it for the glory of God, and we’re here to stay.”
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Cindy Trimm Pens Final Installment of "When Kingdoms Clash" Series

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Motivational Speaker & Author, Cindy Trimm

Cindy Trimm has dined with the queen of England, played putt-putt golf with Prince Andrew, and was appointed to the Bermuda Senate at the age of thirty. Over the last dozen years she’s become one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in the United States, and her best-selling inspirational books, such as Commanding Your Morning and The Rules of Engagement, have sold over a million copies combined. Charisma House has now published Trimm’s last installation in a three-book series of prayer and spiritual warfare, When Kingdoms Clash: Strategies for Prayer in the Heat of Battle.

The heat of battle is a topic Trimm is well familiar with, as she’s battled many things in her fifty-four years of life. She tussled with abject poverty in Bermuda where her father deserted her mother and left her with seven children to raise on her own. Their home was rat-infested, and she’s joked that when it rained, she needed an umbrella to walk from one room to the next. There was no running water, she sported used clothing, wore shoes with cardboard soles, and studied by candlelight because electricity was costly. Her biggest dream as a fifteen-year-old was to become a hotel maid simply because they earned good tips. In spite of the circumstances, Trimm went on to be appointed to the Bermuda Senate at the age of 30 before abandoning politics to concentrate on launching her ministry, Trimm International, based in Atlanta.

“The principles that I teach are principles that I use every single day of my life,” Trimm says, “not only the principles concerning prayer and spiritual warfare, but also the principles concerning what you do with your mouth and what you do with your mind—the principles concerning how God speaks to you in concepts and ideas and how you are always just one decision away from living the life of your dreams.”

When Kingdoms Clash is a cog in the wheel to drive readers into understanding and fighting for their destinies. It completes Trimm’s Art of War series, The Art of War for Spiritual Battle and The Prayer Warrior’s Way. Using historical stories and teaching from Scripture, it takes prayer warriors from the planning stages and strategies of prayer into the heat of the battle. The book aims to aid readers in developing the staying power and endurance to see the plans God has given them through to the end, and to give them the character and confidence to find joy in even the toughest of struggles. She writes, “God specializes in turning lives around. No matter where we start or how little influence we may have had before, He gives us power to transform the world around us if we will but encounter Him and give ourselves to Him without holding anything back.”

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Terrence Jenkins and Rocsi Diaz will officially exit 106 & Park this Friday. The countdown to their departure started in May when  the hosting duo announced they would not be returning. For seven  years together they announced the fan-selected videos  and interviewed celebs. Their fans will be seeing both of them around as they pursue careers that keep them in the spotlight (Rocsi as a model and Terrence as an actor).  The new hosts of 106 & Park will be revealed October 1, 2012 @ 6 p.m.

Details from the press release regarding the farewell show follow:

Hosted by LaLa Anthony and Pooch Hall, Terrence and Rocsi will go through seven years of memories filled with fun, A-list talent, performances and phenomenal moments in a special show that will commemorate their time on “106 & PARK.”  Every day, Terrence and Rocsi greeted television’s livest studio audience and millions of TV viewers touching lives with laughter and music; interviewing some of today’s biggest stars including Beyoncé, Madonna, Jamie Foxx, Katie Holmes, Jay Z, Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Rick Ross, Drake and more. Whether delivering groundbreaking news, discussing politics with President Barack Obama or educating viewers on social issues affecting us all, Terrence and Rocsi often opened up their personal lives to better relate to audiences.

“We’re so proud of Terrence and Rocsi as they head into the next phases of their careers,” said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks. “They leave behind the legacies of being the longest running hosts of 106 & Park as well as the hosts that presided over the show’s most successful season ever. I will miss their energy, wit, talent and professionalism on-the-job, but look forward to celebrating with them their successes that lie ahead.”

Joining LaLa Anthony and Pooch Hall will be Jim Jones, French Montana, Julissa Bermudez, Tigger, along with special video packages from 2 Chainz, Ace Hood, Alicia Keys, Amar’e Stoudemire, Big Sean, B.O.B, Bobby V., Brandy, Busta Rhymes, Cassidy, Ciara, Common, Doug E. Fresh, DMX, Dwayne Wade, ElleVarner, E-40, Future, Jacob Latimore, Keke Palmer, Mary J Blige, MGK, Mike Epps, Ne-Yo, Shannon Brown & Monica, Stalley, Rick Ross, Robin Thicke, T.I, Wyclef and Mr. 106 & PARK himself Bow Wow.

After an exciting summer of THE SEARCH, BET’s “106 & PARK” will welcome selected finalists to battle it out for an opportunity to carry the show into a new season.


 Shorty Da Prince, 23, Detroit, Michigan
 Rodney Rikai, 25, Essex County, New Jersey
 Kevin Thompson, 24, Brooklyn, New York
 Paigion, 24-25, Detroit, Michigan
 Jazzy, 23, Miami, Florida
 Miss Mykie, 23, Houston, Texas
 K. Nicole, 23, Mount Vernon, New York

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