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Club Nouveau’s Jay King is Back on the Scene with Webisodes and New Solo CD

Los Angeles, CA – Industry veteran, musician and producer, Jay King has always been ahead of the curve.  As the founder/creator of Club Nouveau, perhaps one of the most distinctive and original groups to grace the contemporary music scene, he has been influencing the musical landscape since first forming the group in 1986.

Club Nouveau sold over ten million records, toured worldwide, charted eleven Billboard hit singles and garnered numerous awards and prestigious nominations with hits that included “Jealousy,” “Situation #9, “Why You Treat Me So Bad,” and the remake of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.”

Forever the maverick, King is also credited with creating a new chapter in music history by independently producing, pressing, marketing and promoting the biggest selling 12-inch single in history, “Rumors” by the Timex Social Club.  He paved the path for independent record companies and was actually a forerunner to the current state of the music business, initially demonstrating the true power of the committed artist operating outside of the confines of the major label.

Unlike many past musical wonders however, King is undaunted by the newest wave of changes on the music horizon and is once again forging new inroads.  With his first solo CD “Open Book,” on KingJay Nouveau Music he proves himself still a true chameleon, remaining current and relevant to the times with an adult contemporary offering that is textured with the mature tonality of pure love.

A ten song adventure through adult contemporary, the musical escapade provides the textures of love, life and spirit.   Working with musical powers such as Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind and Fire, guitar virtuoso Tony Dewayne, saxophone wizard Cal Bennett and veteran industry staple John Barnes, Jay has created a masterpiece in the realm of an audio experience that is a destined to become a standard for all time.  Tracks like “I Would Die For You” and “I Have a Way with the Woman” ring like timeless classics.

In addition, King hosts his own Blogtalk radio show and has launched a new web series, “Up Close and Personal,” which broadcast live from the Kulak Woodshed in North Hollywood, CA.  Revealing yet another dimension to his musical master mind, “Up Close and Personal” is an intimate peak into the lives and personalities of some of music’s most unheralded heroes. The two-hour webcast is a one-on-one conversation set in a music studio/coffee house atmosphere, where guests reveal untold anecdotes, behind-the-scenes revelations and inspiring tales about their musical paths.

On Thursday, July 2 from 8:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. PST, the first family of jazz, the Laws Family will take the hot seat at the Kulak Woodshed with King for an unprecedented discussion about their rich history and contributions to the annuls of jazz.  With over 30 years in the limelight, and over 50 albums between them, this will be a first for Ronnie, Eloise, Hubert and Debra Laws!  The interview will broadcast live on the web at http://www.kulakswoodshed.com .

Then on Friday, July 10, at 8:00 p.m., Jay King returns to Kulak Woodshed for a live unplugged performace of material from his new  CD “Open Book”   That performance will also broadcast live on the web at http://www.kulakswoodshed.com .  King is also slated to perform live at the Aqua Lounge in Beverly Hills, CA on July 14.

With his Blogtalk radio show at http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Jay-King, King ventures off the music trail to get topical about subjects spanning the field of social issues covering topics such as child rearing to gang-banging to corny pick-up lines.  Every Sunday, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST, he is joined by co-host/sidekick Robert Redwine in an interactive medium of lively discussion and debate.

“The music business will never be the same again,” cites King, “and neither will the world for that matter.  So as veteran artists it’s vital that we keep reinventing ourselves.  The World Wide Web is just that, its world wide.  I’m now able to develop a new platform and reach an even more diverse and wider fan base via the social networking sites.  I tell older artists all the time, don’t complain about the state of the industry, but jump in and get with it.  I am having the time of my life.”

Jay King can be accessed at  http://www.jayking.ning.com , http://www.tagged.com/jking3  and http://www.myspace.com/jayking3music.  “Open Book” is available on the Internet and wherever great music is sold !

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Motown 50 Fanthology: Songs for 2-CD Compilation to be Selected via Website Voting!

Continuing the celebration of Motown’s 50th anniversary, fans will decide which 50 songs from the classic Motown catalog will be heard on a forthcoming two-CD “fanthology.” The selections on Motown 50 Fanthology (Motown/UMe), to be released September 1, 2009, will be chosen by fans voting for their favorites on a special Website, http://classic.motown.com/vote . Voting begins immediately and will conclude July 15. The songs will be arranged on the CDs from 1 to 50, with #1 being the track with the most votes.

On the site, fans may choose their five most beloved songs from a list of more than 100 of Motown’s greatest recordings, from the label’s first major hit, 1960’s “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong, through Boyz II Men’s Motown–retro smash “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday”, with such classics as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “The Tears Of A Clown”, the Supremes’ “Stop! In The Name Of Love”, the Temptations’ “My Girl”, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, and Rick James’ “Super Freak” in between. One song is even offered in two versions: “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye and by Gladys Knight & The Pips. More than 40 artists are represented, including besides those already mentioned Diana Ross, Four Tops, the Jackson 5, the Commodores, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Marvelettes and Lionel Richie.

In 2008, fans in the U.K. and internationally voted for their favorites, which were heard on their best-selling (approaching 700,000 sales) editions of Motown 50. The top three? Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Street” and the Supremes’ “Baby Love”. The chart-topping Motown 50 has gone Platinum, Gold, or Silver in 8 European Countries. The successful compilation reached Top Ten in 13 countries, including Denmark, the U.K., Finland, Norway, and Sweden, where it was number 1. Fans not only picked up physical copies, but Motown 50 also scored Top Ten spots on the Digital Chart in numerous countries as well.

For Motown 50 Fanthology, U.S. fans will be able to vote only once. The first 50 voters will receive a credit on the album and the first 500 voters will receive an “I Voted! Motown 50” collector’s edition bumper sticker. All voters will be entered in a random drawing for a grand prize—a trip for two to Hitsville, U.S.A., the original Detroit home of Motown, including flight, hotel, admission to the Motown Museum, and tickets to a forthcoming Motown gala event. The winner will be announced on August 17.

In addition, UMe/Motown has partnered with the People’s Choice Awards to offer fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite Motown artist of all time. Voting in this exclusive category will take place on the official People’s Choice Awards website, http://www.pcaVOTE.com, from June 24 until July 15. The winner, as voted on by the fans, will be featured in the upcoming “fanthology” album and recognized during the 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards in 2010. By voting in this special category on ww.pcaVOTE.com, voters have another chance to compete for the grand prize.

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. No other record company in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture. That influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop, as Motown celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding.
Today, Motown is part of the Universal Music Group, with its classic recorded music catalog managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

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KRIZZ KALIKO HEADS TO TOP OF RAP CLASS WITH GENIUS ON JULY 14

It’s not every day a musical genius is born. On July 14, 2009, KRIZZ KALIKO will release his second solo CD, GENIUS. Along for KRIZZ KALIKO’s aurally eclectic rollercoaster ride are E-40, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob and, Strange’s flagship artist, Tech N9ne. Powered by a fusion of funk, rap, rock, R&B and opera – a self-made style KRIZZ KALIKO calls “Funkra” – GENIUS covers the entire spectrum of genres, from the slow and seductive “Get Off” with Tech N9ne and the rock-flavored “The Chemical” to the street anthem “Back Pack” and the album’s crossover single, “Misunderstood.”

“There are only a few guys to come along in music every so often that I think are geniuses,” KRIZZ KALIKO declares. “You got Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Kanye, T-Pain, Tech N9ne. I think those dudes are geniuses. I want people to think that same thing about me.”

Ambitious? Yes. But after working with Tech N9ne and Strange Music for 10 years, performing over 200 shows a year, KRIZZ KALIKO has earned the right to claim that title. His solo debut, 2008’s Vitiligo, landed at No. 19 on the Billboard charts and he has been instrumental in Tech N9ne’s incredible success: In 2008, Tech N9ne SoundScanned over one million units, making him the most successful independent Hip Hop artist in history.

KRIZZ KALIKO is the sonic “glue” of Strange Music. “I’m Tech’s right hand man in writing,” he says. “It’s a weird, beautiful chemistry. The yin and the yang. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.”

Catch KRIZZ KALIKO with Tech N9ne and Kutt Kalhoun on the Rock the Bells 2009 Tour starting June 2. For more information, visit guerillaunion.com/rockthebells or krizzkaliko.com.

MP3 DL link for Krizz Kaliko’s “Misunderstood”: http://www.zshare.net/audio/618973023c64ec70/

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