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Outkast Big Boi to release “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty”

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Big Boi
Big Boi
The world knows him as Big Boi -Antwan André Patton – one-half of multi-platinum, five-time Grammy Award-winning supergroup OutKast, whose albums and singles have sold over 25-times platinum in the U.S. alone. Now make way for SIR LUCIOUS LEFT FOOT: THE SON OF CHICO DUSTY, Big Boi’s first stand-alone solo album, nearly four years in the making and finally set to arrive July 6th on Def Jam Recordings. 10 days later, Big Boi joins the lineup at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park, over the July 16-18th weekend.

Big Boi is already back in the picture with his Def Jam debut,”Shutterbug” featuring Cutty, produced by Scott Storch, the lead single fromSIR LUCIOUS LEFT FOOT. Writing on the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog last week, Jozen Cummings elaborated on a few other tracks: “… the melodic ‘Turn Me On,’ produced by long-time OutKast collaborators, Organized Noize… the widely bootlegged ‘”Tangerine’ featuring T.I…. And the Lil Jon-produced ‘Hustle Blood’… complete with Jamie Foxx singing the hook.”

The tentative track listing for SIR LUCIOUS LEFT FOOT is: 1. Feel Me (Intro) * 2. Daddy Fat Sax * 3. Shutterbugg featuring Cutty * 4. Follow Us * 5. General Patton * 6. Bubble Bath Bobby (Interlude) * 7. Tangerine featuring T.I. * 8. Looking For Ya featuring André 3000 * 9. Turns Me On * 10. Shine Blocka featuring Gucci Mane * 11. King Henry (Interlude) * 12. Hustle Blood featuring Jamie Foxx * 13. Night, Night * 14. ADP (Interlude) * 15. Fo Yo Sorrows * 16. The Train Pt. 2 * 17. Back Up Plan (Go).

Big Boi’s signing to the Island Def Jam Music Group marks a reunion with the label’s Chairman, Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, as officially announced throughout the media last week. “L.A. knows what time it is since I was a teeny bopper, so when I first started working on the record I talked to L.A.,” Big Boi told Mariel Concepcion of Billboard.com, referring to Mr. Reid’s near 20-year association with OutKast. The duo signed their first record deal with Mr. Reid, and his Atlanta-based LaFace Records, the label he founded with Babyface. He has been in OutKast’s corner since the creation of their first album, 1994’sSouthernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which was recorded when Big Boi was still a teenager. A decade later in 2003, OutKast released Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, their 5th studio album, a landmark double-CD containing solo albums by Big Boi and his partner André 3000, respectively. One of the biggest-selling hip-hop albums in history – 11-times platinum in the U.S., over 15 million worldwide – the album generated three Grammys (including Best Rap Album and Album Of the Year) and spun off two life-changing #1 hit singles, André 3000’s “Hey Ya!” and Big Boi’s “The Way You Move” (with Sleepy Brown).

SIR LUCIOUS LEFT FOOT is essentially Big Boi’s first stand-alone solo album project since Speakerboxxx. As reported by New York magazine, “he started working on his solo album on Martin Luther King Day … three years ago.” Now the wait is over – and SIR LUCIOUS LEFT FOOT walks amongst us!

Silent Hill 8 announced at EA by Konami

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Silent Hill
Silent Hill
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled Silent Hill 8 (working title), the eighth installment of the Silent Hill franchise. Scheduled to launch in 2011 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Staying true to the franchise’s original roots, the game returns with another third person horror experience, and an all new thought provoking storyline. Players will once again find themselves face to face with their deepest sins and fears in the strange world of Silent Hill.

“In honoring the rich history and strong following of Silent Hill, we’re working hard to build a next generation horror game that the fans truly deserve,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “This Silent Hill introduces an all-new storyline and unique evolutions in gameplay, building on innovations and successes from over a decade of true survival horror and terror.”

The survival horror experience begins after a prison transport vehicle careens off the road, leaving lone inmate Murphy Pendleton stranded in Silent Hill. Gamers will encounter mind-bending puzzles, as well as horrific creatures and other world terrors using everyday objects from wooden chairs to glass bottles to fend off their enemies. The natural response, fight or flight is left to the player as they unravel a dark, thought-provoking storyline which will appeal to fans of the early, classic Silent Hill series, as well as anyone who enjoys a deep, psychological horror experience. In addition to the main storyline, players will also be presented with variable side quests along the way that can change depending on their play style, revealing unknown evils within the town.

Silent Hill 8 (working title) is scheduled to launch in 2011 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Konami to release Neverdead for the PS3 and Xbox 360

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Konami
Konami
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced an all-new IP, NEVERDEAD currently under development for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. NEVERDEAD will feature third-person action gameplay set in a fantasy and horror-influenced universe where supernatural battles between humans and extraordinary creatures blanket a vast city landscape. Gamers will wield a butterfly design-inspired sword and an arsenal of guns to decimate waves of ungodly enemies in the not-too-distant future.

“For NEVERDEAD, we’ve introduced some truly exciting new forms of gameplay and sword fighting, including a unique healing mechanism originally designed and conceived by a former member of Kojima Production,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Their contributions, and those of the development team, have helped forge a great new action IP to add to Konami’s vast lineup.”

NEVERDEAD begins in the waking hours of peace and calm, when the world is under threat of being consumed by a demonic plague. Centuries have passed since the world succumbed to an unforeseen shadow of evil, and a hero was made an immortal by demons. These demons have risen once again in the present day causing unrelenting mayhem reinforced by destructible environments within the game. Now using his immortalic regenerative powers re-assembling his own body to evade death, the hero carries out the only salvation the world will know, for he is Never Dead.

Gorillaz release “On Melancholy Hill”

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Gorillaz
Gorillaz
The video for ‘On Melancholy Hill’ was directed by Jamie Hewlett and is a super blend of 2D and 3D animation and features cameos of De La, Snoop, Lou Reed and more.

The single is out in full on July 26 with an amazing itunes single LP which includes: “Melancholy Hill” video and animatic, Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach live show video featuring Snoop, “Melancholy Hill” remixes plus the “Stylo” remix by Labrinth and Tinie Tempah!

Sarah McLachlan’s “Laws of Illusion” is out now

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Sarah McLachlan
Sarah McLachlan
Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan is scheduled to release her first studio album of new material in 7 years LAWS OF ILLUSION on June 15th on Arista Records. The album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with Sarah’s longtime collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand. Sarah’s new album LAWS OF ILLUSION will be released just weeks in advance of the kick off to Lilith Fair 2010, the historic all women touring festival, founded by McLachlan, which became one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world.

The album’s first single “Loving You is Easy,” is #1 most added song at the AAA radio format, and is available for sale now at iTunes and all digital providers.
A special pre-order campaign for Sarah’s new album LAWS OF ILLUSION is available exclusively at sarahmclachlan.com. Fans that pre-order her new album will be offered the added benefit of exclusive access to purchase Lilith Fair tickets before they are made available anywhere else, and additionally will receive an instant download of Sarah’s new song, “One Dream.” A resident of Vancouver, Sarah performed at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics and wrote and recorded “One Dream,” which was used as part of NBC’s marketing campaign for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Click Here to Watch the video for “One Dream.”
Between 1997-1999, Lilith Fair enjoyed over 2 million fans in attendance and over $10 million dollars raised for national and local women’s charities. Lilith Fair 2010 features performances by Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Erykah Badu, Sugarland, Heart, Norah Jones, Ke$ha, Corinne Bailey Rae, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Tegan and Sara, and many more! Visit www.lilithfair.com for tour details and more information.

About Sarah McLachlan:
Since joining Arista over two decades ago in 1988, every one of Sarah McLachlan’s studio and live albums has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA, starting with Touch (1988) and Solace (1991), both gold sellers. Her 1994 breakthrough, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (triple-platinum) was followed by the digitally enhanced multimedia version of The Freedom Sessions (1995, gold). Sarah’s landmark fourth album, the 8x-platinum Surfacing (1997), contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks, as “Building a Mystery” won for Best Female Pop Vocal, and “Last Dance” was voted Best Pop Instrumental. 1999’s triple-platinum Mirrorball, and its platinum long-form video counterpart, were both culled from that year’s Lilith Fair tour, and spun off Sarah’s third Grammy-winning performance, as “I Will Remember You” won for Best Female Pop Vocal.

The double-platinum Afterglow followed in 2003, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, while its opening track, “Fallen” was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal. 2007’s Wintersong, was the #1 best seller on the Holiday Album charts that year, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, and was certified Platinum, marking her 15th release to be certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA. Sarah’s most recent release Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan (2008) contained 14 classic tracks from McLachlan’s award-winning catalog, as well as two newly recorded/previously unreleased songs, “U Want Me 2” and “Don’t Give Up On Us.”

LAWS OF ILLUSION
TRACK LISTING:
AWAKENINGS
ILLUSIONS OF BLISS
LOVING YOU IS EASY
CHANGES
FORGIVENESS
RIVERS OF LOVE
LOVE COME
OUT OF TUNE
HEARTBREAK
DON’T GIVE UP ON US
U WANT ME 2
BRING ON THE WONDER

DELUXE EDITION
INCLUDES CD + “LIVE IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCES” ON DVD
LOVING YOU IS EASY
FORGIVENESS
RIVERS OF LOVE
LOVE COME
ILLUSIONS OF BLISS

MTV to bring hour documentary “Drake: Better Than Good Enough”

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Drake
Drake
MTV is set to join hip-hop artist Drake in celebrating what will be one of the more significant summers of his life by premiering an exclusive one-hour documentary film, “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” on Wednesday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT. It is hard to believe that Drake is relatively new to the world of hip-hop and has yet to release a full-length album. However, today all that changes when Drake’s long-awaited debut album, Thank Me Later hits stores and his status goes from an up-and-coming rapper to a household name.
“I have always been hesitant to share the details of my life with the world but for the first time I am comfortable and confident that you will love this story” – Drake

“Drake is a gifted artist whose authenticity is resonating with our audience,” said Dave Sirulnick, EVP, MTV Multiplatform, News & Music. “We are thrilled that he allowed MTV the exclusive opportunity to document such an important and personal time in his life.”

During the making of, “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” MTV cameras follow Drake’s every move as he performs his “Away From Home” tour at college campuses across the country while simultaneously recording and releasing Thank Me Later. The film gives the audience and Drake fans alike uncensored access to the rapper’s most intimate moments as he deals with the reality of his rising stardom and the responsibility that comes with it, the difficulty of creating a great live show, and the pressure to deliver one of the year’s most anticipated albums.

During the week of June 14, Drake will be featured on MTV 24-7, as one of the network’s PUSH artists. MTV handpicks an artist a week and uses its massive on-air and online reach to bring that artist to the MTV audience through live performances, music videos, interviews and exclusive footage, everyday throughout the day, 7 days a week.

Viewers will also have access to previews, deleted scenes and MTVNews.com on the days leading up to the premiere of “Drake: Better Than Good Enough.”

GoldenEye to be released on the Wii

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Goldeneye
Goldeneye
With eight million copies sold and a legion of passionate fans worldwide, the Nintendo 64 version of GoldenEye defined multiplayer gaming for a generation of gamers in 1997.

Now, a new take on the legendary James Bond adventure arrives with Activision Publishing’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) all-new GoldenEye 007™, which was unveiled at Nintendo’s press briefing, held today during the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) in Los Angeles.

Developed exclusively for Wii™ and based on the GoldeneEye film, GoldenEye 007 gives players the chance to use the lethal, gritty style of Daniel Craig’s James Bond to outwit, outmaneuver and overtake an arms syndicate that threatens the world in an innovative, modern take on the legendary GoldenEye movie adventure. The game, which is slated for release this holiday season, is playable in Nintendo’s booth in the West Hall, #5407.

“GoldenEye for the N64 was one of the most acclaimed games and fans regularly cite it as one of the most influential and important titles in history,” said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing. “We’re thrilled to bring the new GoldenEye 007 to gamers around the world as an all-new adventure that seamlessly integrates nostalgic GoldenEye movie moments with innovative FPS gameplay and unique multiplayer action that is unrivaled on the platform.”

GoldenEye 007 features an unprecedented lineup of four-player split-screen MP options that encourage social gaming, including 40 total characters, 8 classic Bond characters, 5 maps, 3 standard modes and 16 special modifiers that allow gamers to create hundreds of game combinations. GoldenEye 007 also features online multiplayer for up to 8 players designed for seasoned FPS online gamers with unique modes and a robust XP system for unlockables and achievements. GoldenEye 007 also supports the Classic Controller Pro™ for gamers who want to play with standard FPS controls and the Wii Zapper™ for “point and shoot” gamers; players will have several control scheme options, allowing them to experience GoldenEye 007 on Wii any way they want.

DanceMasters to be released for Kinect on the Xbox 360

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Xbox 360
Xbox 360
Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. today announced DanceMasters for Kinect™ for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Utilizing Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 3D motion capture technology, DanceMastersis the next generation in full body dancing where players will not need a controller to move their body to the beat and position their bodies to a variety of on screen markers, giving gamers the ultimate dance club vibe with the most realistic and exhilarating dancing experience to date.

“As an expert in the rhythm-based genre with games such as the highly-successful DanceDanceRevolution franchise, it was a natural fit for Konami to utilize the new capabilities of Kinect for Xbox 360 and create the next generation of dancing video games,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. “DanceMasters is truly an interactive, full body dance game, providing gamers of all ages a heart-pumping experience filled with today’s hottest dance songs.”

In DanceMasters, the new technology of Kinect for Xbox 360 allows players to watch themselves play in real time on the screen and also allows them to save up to two of their original dance moves in order to watch themselves as back-up dancers in the game. As players boogie in tune to the game’s music, they can also take snapshots of their favorite dance poses, save to local albums and share the fun with friends. Utilizing Xbox®LIVE Arcade, players can also challenge up to four friends around the world and enhance their experience with dance sequences, theme packs and more.

Featuring 30 tracks from a wide variety of club music including Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and Techno, dancers can play to their favorite songs, including non-stop set lists and download new songs through the Xbox LIVE. The game additionallyoffers three gameplay modes for the ultimate dance experience – Dance, Lesson, and Status. In Dance Mode, gamers compete to become the ‘dance master’ as they play and unlock their favorite songs and groove along with a friend. Lesson Mode allows users to train in a tutorial, and Status Mode enables them to check their play records and review the titles they have earned. Players can also compete to determine who is the ultimate dancer with multiple difficulty levels including Light, Standard, Extreme and Stealth.

Video: Katy Perry “California Gurls”

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Katy Perry "California Gurls"The premiere of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” video is here! Watch the pop princess rock her daisy dukes and bikini top as she explores her very own Candyland, hangs with Snoop Dogg and battles evil gummy bears. The track will appear on her new album Teenage Dream due out August 24th.

KT Tunstall to release “Tiger Suit” in September

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KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will release her third studio album, entitled Tiger Suit, on September 28th, 2010, on Virgin Records.

After a highly successful worldwide tour, the eco-minded Tunstall began demo-ing songs for Tiger Suit (a title inspired by a dream) in 2009 at the solar-powered recording studio she has built at her home in the English countryside. After pre-production at London’s Sarm Studios, the Scottish-born Tunstall traveled to Berlin to record Tiger Suit over the course of three weeks in January at the world-famous Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Finishing touches to Tiger Suit were completed at London’s RAK Studios. The album was produced by Jim Abbiss, known for his work with Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Kasabian, Editors, and many more.

Describing the music as “Nature Techno” (due to its blend of organic instrumentation and electronic, dance-friendly textures), Tunstall co-wrote several tracks with A-list songwriter/producers Linda Perry and Greg Kurstin, as well as her long-time collaborators Martin Terefe and Jimmy Hogarth, both of whom contributed to Drastic Fantastic and its predecessor, 2006’s platinum-seller Eye To The Telescope.

Released in 2007, Drastic Fantastic debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and spawned the multi-week No. 1 Triple A airplay smash “Hold On.” Previously, Eye to the Telescope debuted at No. 47 and went on to sell more than four million copies worldwide thanks to multi-media exposure of its three singles, the Grammy-nominated “Black Horse the Cherry Tree,” “Suddenly I See,” and “Other Side of the World.”

Next month, Tunstall will perform during “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun” halftime presentation. This marquee event will showcase the world’s best female basketball players under one roof when the WNBA’s top talent faces the USA Basketball Women’s National Team at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, July 10 and will be televised nationally on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET.