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EMI MUSIC'S IMPERIAL RECORDS AND TERROR SQUAD ENTERTAINMENT RE-UP DISTRIBUTION DEAL TO RELEASE FAT JOE'S EIGHTH ALBUM, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

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New York, September 18th, 2007 -- Imperial Records, a division of Capitol Music Group and Terror Squad Entertainment have signed a new deal to distribute Fat Joe's next album entitled The Elephant in the Room, slated for release in early 2008. Fat Joe's new release is a follow-up to his previous critically-acclaimed album, Me, Myself & I, featuring the platinum single, "Make It Rain."

Fat Joe's The Elephant In The Room will feature production by the multi-platinum powerhouses that previously worked with Fat Joe on his earlier hits, including Scott Storch, Cool and Dre, DJ Khaled, Danjahandz and the Runners, as well as guest artists P. Diddy, Rick Ross, Fabolous and more.

This exciting news comes on the heels of Fat Joe's hit single, "Make It Rain (featuring Lil' Wayne)" which surpassed 1 million ring tone sales and was certified Platinum in RIAA's Digital Ringtone program. Me, Myself & I, released on Imperial Records/Virgin in 2006, continues to sell and make a strong statement for independent music. Some of the other impressive milestones Imperial has accomplished with Fat Joe and Terror Squad include Imperial's first Top 10 single in more than 40 years, "Make It Rain (featuring Lil' Wayne)" on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart, peaking at #6. The single also reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The album Me, Myself & I, peaking at #3 on the Billboard R&B/Hiphop Album Chart, debuting at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The album also received rave reviews in VIBE, the Source, Washington Post and the LA Times, among other publications.

Fat Joe said, "Working with Imperial is one of the greatest moves I ever made in my life! I never made as much money in my career as I have since I went independent. The Elephant in the Room is guaranteed to be a classic! Believe Dat!" Imperial Records will again spearhead the marketing and promotion efforts for the album.

The Elephant in the Room will be Fat Joe's eighth album. Fat Joe's previous albums as a solo artist and with Terror Squad have sold more than 4 million records worldwide. Some of Fat Joe's successful albums and singles include, Don Cartagena, Jealous Ones Envy (J.O.S.E.), Loyalty and All Or Nothing. Some of his notable singles include "What's Love (featuring Ashanti), "We Thuggin," featuring R. Kelly and "Get It Poppin' (featuring Nelly)." Another huge single was "Lean Back," by the Terror

Squad which earned a Grammy nomination for best performance by a rap group or duo. Fat Joe is also a legendary member of the Diggin In The Crates Crew with Big L and Lord Finesse. He also launched the career of the his protégé, Big Pun, whose debut album Capitol Punishment sold in excess of 1.5 million copies, making Big Pun the first Latin rapper to sell over one million units.

Neil Levine, Imperial's Senior VP/GM says, "Fat Joe is in a zone on this album which is now his 8th solo work and I think it's his strongest to date. It's truly amazing to be working with an artist that's getting better and better over time. He's never sounded more confident. I'm extremely pleased to be working with Joe once again and we're getting ready to do big things!"

Lee Trink, President, Capitol Music Group comments, "I couldn't be more thrilled to continue working with Fat Joe. Three things are certain: death, taxes, and Fat Joe delivering hit records. He is Hip Hop royalty and a jewel in the (Imperial) Capitol Music Group crown."

Ronnie Johnson, Executive Vice President, Capitol Music Group adds, "I'm excited to be working with Joe again! He's a great ambassador for the label and a great partner."

Imperial Records is a legendary imprint that grew to become the Rock n' Roll and R&B powerhouse label home of Fats Domino, teen rock idol Ricky Nelson, the Temptations and Cher. The new Imperial, relaunched in June 2006 as an independent urban unit designed to be a breeding ground for new talent, is developing hit artists for a new generation. In addition to Fat Joe, recent Imperial projects include a re-launching of Levine's own Penalty Recordings, Jin on Raptivism Records, previously unreleased material from the 6 time, Grammy-nominated Anthony Hamilton on Merovingian Music, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart, the debut album from Evidence of Dilated Peoples, the second release from singer/songwriter Donnie on Soulthought and the fourth release from female rapper, Rasheeda on D-Lo Entertainment.

 

Check out the Donnie review on hitsdailydouble.com today

Donnie, The Daily News (SoulThought Entertainment): Atlanta R&B singer Donnie Johnson, a cousin of the late Marvin Gaye and protégé of India.Arie, returns with his first new album since his 2002 debut, The Colored Section on Giant Step/Motown, solidly in the tradition of politicized soul icons like Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Bob Marley and Sly Stone. "Impatient People" is a gurgling, wah-wah tale of self-empowerment that asks, "I'm just a citizen/Can I get some assistance" in what is an unmistakable allusion to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "911" is a "What's Going On?"-style plea that conjoins the personal and the political in the aftermath of that fateful day with lyrics like "I'd trade the World Trade to spend some time with you babe," while the first single, "If I Were You," is a lilting, horn and harmonica-laden rhythmic island ode to self-empowerment and pride. "Over-the-Counter Culture" takes on nothing less than the American pharmaceutical industry in a way that would make Michael Moore proud ("They got a pill for my erection/And another for my depression"), with a mid-song rap by Little Brother's Phonte, who notes: "Cause one kilo of cocaine can get you life/But one pack a day of Newports can take yours." Donnie criticizes the lack of meaningful minority employment in "Classified," the dehumanization of society in the techno beat of "Robot," the "modern-day lynching" of serial killing suspect Wayne Williams in the chilling "The Atlanta Child Murders," the hypocrisy of religion in the call-and-response of "For Christ Sake," the bittersweet promise of freedom from slavery in the funky, "Living in the City"-like "Mason Dixon Line," child molestation in the Far East exotica of "China Doll," media sensationalizing in the Wonder-ful title track and even his own depression in "Suicide," spiced with Louis Van Taylor's percolating flute, recalling Les McCann and Eddie Harris' anti-war classic "Compared to What." The album boasts a who's-who of classic session players, including Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist Al McKay, Gap Band axe man Jimi Macon, Rufus bassist Bobby Watson and keyboardist Wayne Linsey, who has worked with Stevie Wonder and Anthony Hamilton, among others. The product of a gospel upbringing underlined by a dose of classic southern-fried soul, Donnie is the real deal, an old-school throwback whose sociopolitical consciousness is decidedly new-school. A shout-out to industry vet Craig Bowers for giving this talented singer-songwriter another well-deserved shot.

 

For immediate release: JULY 27, 2007

Imperial Records announces DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH COOL & DRE’S  EPIDEMIC RECORDS & SKELETON KEY ENTERTAINMENT

The dynamic duo of Cool & Dre has produced mulitplatinum hits for The Game, 50 Cent, Fat Joe and Ja Rule.  Three years later, upon creating their own label, Epidemic Records, Cool and Dre have inked a deal with Skeleton Key Entertainment/EMI’s Imperial RecordsImperial Records will provide distribution and label services such as radio promotions, marketing, on-line marketing, street team, video promotions and publicity for the Epidemic Records’ album, Misery Loves Company by Cool and Dre’s premier artist, Joe Hound. "We're really excited about this Joe Hound project and about us being in business with Imperial,” said Cool. “It's the beginning of a long lasting relationship. Epidemic and Imperial are gonna take it all the way to the top." Dre, agreed and added, “This is one of the best deals we've done in our career.”

This is the album Miami has been waiting for with anticipation building more and more each day.  The album Misery Loves Company is chock full of life lessons and missed opportunities, scattered with detailed musical bits and pieces of Joe Hound’s rise as an emcee, while simultaneously describing his life as a common street hustler.  Born in Miami and raised on the heartless streets of Liberty City, Joe Hound has been a star for the majority of his life.  He briefly attended Bethune Cookman on a basketball scholarship but before he could familiarize himself with college life, Hound was forced to return home due to family responsibilities.  Ironically, while he was going through all this his childhood friend Andre Lyon (Dre of Cool & Dre), was making noise in the streets as a budding producer.  A chance meeting in a recording studio provided the opportunity for them to rekindle their friendship and collaborate on a number of musical projects, an album created strictly for the streets, Stressed Out, Lost and Confused and two mix tapes, one hosted by Miami’s premier DJ, DJ Khaled. Now with the new Imperial Records/Skeleton Key Entertainment deal, their latest project is produced entirely by the Grammy nominated production team of Cool & Dre, Misery Loves Company, sparked by “She Likes It,” the radio friendly lead single.

Neil Levine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Imperial Records comments,  “Imperial is pleased with our association with Skeleton Key and Epidemic Records,” “With Cool and Dre’s magic touch Joe Hounds’ album is filled with catchy hooks as well as profound lyrics.  We’re looking for some big things from Joe Hound in 07.”  Joe Hound is also thrilled to be working with an innovative independent distributor such as Imperial.  "It's been a great experience,” Joe Hound says about joining Imperial Records. “They take care of our needs. It's been a really professional relationship. They give us opportunities to do whatever we want because they let us control our own music. You can't ask for anything more than that."  With more than enough heat from Cool and Dre on the production side and Misery Loves Company Joe Hound still finds time to tell his unique story, Joe Hound has finally arrived.

 For more info visit www.JoeHound.com
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For more information on Joe Hound and to schedule interviews please contact
Steven Whitaker (Steven.Whitaker@imperialrecords.com  212-786-8499) or
Zenobia Simmons (Zenobia.Simmons@imperialrecords.com  212-786-8496)

Fat Joe To Take Part In Ozone Awards

Rappers Fat Joe Yung Joc and Lil' Wayne are among the artists set to participate in this year's Ozone Awards. The second annual event, which is scheduled to air Labor Day weekend on MTV Jams, takes place August 10-12 and honors the best in Hip-Hop music and entertainment from the South and beyond.

Viewers should expect a "bigger and better" awards show, according to Ozone magazine CEO Julia Beverly. "Ozone's past collaborations with MTV Jams have helped us grow from a small underground publication to a nationally recognized brand," Beverly said in a statement. "The first annual Ozone Awards airing on Jams last year was a great look for everyone involved, so we're excited to be working with them again this year."

In addition to Fat Joe, Yung Joc and Lil' Wayne, the Ozone Awards will feature various presenters and performers including T-Pain, Young Jeezy & USDA, Plies, Lil Wayne, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, Lloyd, Rich Boy, Fat Joe, Bun B, Pimp C, Shop Boyz, Trey Songz, Lil Scrappy and Trick Daddy. The Ozone Awards weekend also include DJ's Tastemakers Only music conference. The conference will include a panel featuring Mannie Fresh, Polow da Don, DJ Drama, Play & Skillz, Cool & Dre, DJ Khaled, DJ Irie and Bryan Michael Cox.

Broadcasting the Ozone Awards on MTV Jams is a plus for the network, said Tuma Basa, MTV Jams manager of music programming. "The authenticity of the OZONE Awards is what constantly draws MTV Jams to the event," Basa stated. "The performers, nominees, and audience bring a completely unmatched level of realness and raw energy to the OZONE Awards and totally captures what the MTV Jams audience is looking for from the channel."

The Ozone Awards will air on MTV Jams from September 1-3.

 

TERROR SQUAD ENTERTAINMENT AND IMPERIAL RECORDS ANNOUNCE RIAA CERTIFICATION OF FAT JOE’S SMASH SINGLE, “MAKE IT RAIN” OVER 1 MILLION RING TONES SOLD!

New York, June 25th, 2007 Terror Squad Entertainment and Imperial Records are proud to announce that Fat Joe has sold over 1 million ring tones of “Make It Rain,” as certified by RIAA’s Platinum Ringtune program.

Fat Joe’s critically-acclaimed album Me, Myself and I still continues to sell and make a strong statement for independent music and is one of the most successful albums that Imperial Records has released since re-launching as EMI Music’s independent urban label division in 2006. Some of the other milestones that Imperial has reached with Fat Joe and Terror Squad include Imperial’s first Top 10 single, “Make It Rain” in more than 40 years on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart, peaking at #6. The album, Me, Myself and I reached #3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Album Chart and debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The single, “Make It Rain” also reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The album has received rave reviews in VIBE, the Source, Washington Post, and the LA Times.

“Fat Joe and Terror Squad Entertainment have been great to work with and are a prime example of what we can bring to a project,” said Neil Levine, Imperial Records Senior VP/GM. “We bring the same pioneering spirit and dedication to quality music as the original Imperial, but with expertise and resources right for independent urban artists today. We have the advantage of being super-focused on finding and developing the most exciting music in the clubs and the streets, but also have access to major label resources. It’s a great combination for our artists.”

Imperial Records is a full service label group that began operations in June of 2006 when music entrepreneur Neil Levine joined EMI Music to establish a division focused on the independent urban music market. Imperial Records is an independent label group and artist development division that is part of EMI’s Capitol Music Group. The division was designed to be a breeding ground for new talent and to serve as a catalyst for smaller independent labels. Imperial is working closely with emerging artists to market and promote each release all the way from the grass roots level to the top of the charts. Services Imperial provides include publicity, radio promotion, street team promotions, sales management, product management and digital marketing. Imperial also provides these services to urban artists throughout EMI’s major labels in the United States, including the Capitol Music Group.

Imperial Records, a legendary imprint that was home to Fats Domino, teen rock idol Ricky Nelson, the Temptations and Cher was originally established in 1948. The label grew to become one of that era’s powerhouse Rock n’ Roll and R&B labels. The new Imperial is just getting started with developing hit artists for a new generation. In addition to Fat Joe, other recent Imperial projects include Jin on Raptivism Records, a re-launch of Levine’s own Penalty Recordings; previously unreleased tracks from the 6 time-Grammy nominated artist Anthony Hamilton on Merovingian Music, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart, as well as the debut album from Evidence of Dilated Peoples, the second release from singer/songwriter Donnie on Soulthought, the fourth release from Rasheeda on D-LO Entertainment.