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Three 6 Mafia Wins Oscar Makes History
03/08/2006

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March 8, 2006


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Three 6 Mafia Wins Oscar and Makes History

Memphis, TN. March 6, 2006- Select-O-Hits distribution congratulates Jordan “Juicy J” Houston, Paul “DJ Paul” Beauregard, Darnell “Crunchy Black” Carlton of the Memphis Rap group Three 6 Mafia and Cedric “Frayser Boy” Coleman on their Oscar for writing the music and lyrics for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from the film HUSTLE & FLOW.
 

The group performed the song along with Taraji Henson, the actress who sang the hook in the film, marking the first time that a rap song has ever been performed on the telecast in the history of the Academy Awards. “Performing at the ceremony and taking home top honors for Best Original Song is a long way from Three 6 Mafia’s humble beginnings selling mix tapes out of the trunk of their car.
 

“No one deserves the accolades they are now receiving more than Paul Beauregard (DJ Paul) and Jordan Houston (Juicy J)” remarks Johnny Phillips, Vice President of Select-O-Hits.The group began working with Select-O-Hits in March of 1995 when SOH agreed to manufacture and distribute all of their new product. “Late in 1994 I first became aware of the then Triple Six Mafia when the buyer at one of our biggest accounts kept calling and asking if we distributed their mix cassettes. He knew they were selling cassettes out of the trunk of their car but was hoping we could get them for distribution. I told him I would check into it” explains Phillips. “I had a major concern about their name, Triple Six (666) Mafia, because of the link between the numbers 666 and the devil; I was worried that some accounts might not buy the product. Please remember that was a much different time. Now.....it probably wouldn’t matter and, looking back on it, may have not then. I convinced them to change the name a little and the Three Six Mafia was born.”


 Their first album was titled Mystic Stylez and released May 9, 1995 followed by Live By Yo Rep and the rap classic “The End” featuring their first commercial hit “Good Stuff” in 1997. Later that year S-O-H agreed to release the Three Six Mafia from their contract so they could sign a major label agreement with Sony and the rest is now Rap history.


 Over the last decade Select-O-Hits has continued to work with DJ Paul and Juicy J on various projects including re-issuing four old Triple Six Mafia albums that were never available in compact disc format as well as projects by Prophet Posse, Skinny Pimp, Gangsta Blac, Lil Wyte , Project Pat, Chrome and Frayser Boy. Both DJ Paul and Juicy J released their only solo albums, Underground Volume 16: For Da Summa and Chronicles Of The Juice Man through S-O-H.


 March 3, 2006 marks the eleventh year that Select-O-Hits and the Three Six Mafia have been together....a testament to an honest business and personal relationship between friends.

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Select-O-Hits Distribution Network     □    1981 Fletcher Creek, Drive Memphis, TN 38133     □      www.selectohits.com



Press Release: Bishop Paul Morton Unites With Blackberry Records In Hurricane Relief Project
02/28/2006

 


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February 28, 2006

Bishop Paul Morton Unites With Blackberry Records In Hurricane Relief Project

Jackson, MS. February 28, 2006-Ironically, Let It Rain, is the title of Bishop Paul Morton’s best-selling CD released by Light Records in Nashville and it’s rain that brings him to Blackberry Records with a project that unites some of the gospel industry’s greatest artists to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. On Broken Pieces is the title track of this CD that boasts collaborations by The Williams Brothers (Blackberry Records), Morton, and The Mississippi Mass Choir (Malaco Records); The Ingrams, The Williams Brothers, and Betty Wright; The Williams Brothers & The Greater St. Stephens Choir (Morton’s Choir); and others.

The title Track, “On Broken Pieces” is a powerful song that deals directly with the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina and is the first promotional single released from the album. The concept video will debut on Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 28th and will air on TBN, BET and other stations in the near future. The video includes original footage of the devastation left behind by the hurricane, but the song is intended to encourage and inspire hope in those who watch it.

One hundred percent of the CD profits will be donated to the Hurricane Relief effort. On Broken Pieces releases April 18, 2006. For more information regarding On Broken Pieces, please contact DA Johnson at Malaco Records, 601-482-9522.

Morton, a native of New Orleans, is one of the most prominent, renowned ministers and gospel singers worldwide. He heads up the Greater Saint Stephens Ministry and not only pastors the church, but tours with the choir, writes and produces music, and as a visionary, has launched ministries that address the needs of the many in areas such as: homelessness, brokenness and spiritual growth, reaching many people through his books, radio and television broadcasts, with his music and in his home church. For more information regarding his life’s work, visit: http://www.paulmorton.org/


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Delta Breeze Releases Second Album
02/25/2006

MALACO HEADLINES

Volume III, Issue 25

February 23, 2006

DELTA BREEZE RELEASES SECOND ALBUM

Jackson, MS-Eddie Ruth Bradford graced the industry with her soulful alto voice two years ago and enjoyed consistent sales for over a year with her debut on Juana Records, Too Close To The Mirror. Compared to Mahalia Jackson, this Mississippi Delta born singer is back with a collection of ten original songs written and produced by hit-maker Frederick Knight. Radio stations have been serviced with the first single, “You Held On Even When I Let Go,”  and her new CD, Saved By Grace, hit the streets Tuesday of this week.

MUSIC MONITOR
2/19 Artist Song/Album Label
Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
20 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway AIR
33 Da Minista Don’t You Wanna Be Saved/John Miller’s Son Malaco
37 The Mississippi Mass Choir If I Be Lifted Up/Not By Power, Nor By Might Malaco
48 The Georgia Mass Choir I Owe You The Praise Malaco

RADIO AND RECORDS
Gospel New & Active: Shadrach Promise
 (Juana)
2/24 Artist Song/Album
Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis
20 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel ChoiSomehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway
29 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks

BILLBOARD RADIO MONITOR
This Week Last Week Weeks on Artist Title
3 5 29 Dottie Peoples He Said It (Live)
11 15 14 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway
16 16 20 Shadrach I Promise
21 31 18 Rev. Timothy Wright & Chicago Interdenominational Mass Choir Let’s Celebrate

BILLBOARD/NEILSON SOUNDSCAN
This Week Last Week Two Weeks  Weeks on Artist Title
37 31 25 30 Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs Tell The Angels: Live in Memphis
48 44 44 51 Mississippi Mass Choir Not By Power, Nor By Might

MALACO GOLD
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS MAKE MOVES

Jackson, MS-Blackberry Records, Inc, which is solely owned and operated by Doug Williams, Melvin Williams, and Henry Green (aka The Williams Brothers) has moved its entire operation from McComb, MS to Jackson, MS.
 The Williams Brothers sold their longtime office building and consolidated operations in Jackson, merging their office and recording spaces into one location, The Terminal Recording Studios, a facility which was purchased by the Williams Brothers more than two years ago.
 Blackberry seeks to focus its efforts on building the careers of the artists on their roster and the Williams Brothers will tour less in 2006 in an effort to accomplish this.
 Well known in the gospel industry as one of the best quartet sounds, this award-winning, charismatic group has helped to launch and develop the careers of many artists including:
Hip Boot Joe, The Voices of Victory, Bill Pinkney & The Original Drifters, Neal Roberson, The Bolton Brothers and Bishop James Dixon II.
 The Williams Brothers should be back on the road in 2007 with a more complete tour itinerary.



Malaco Artists Dot Radio Charts
02/18/2006

MALACO HEADLINES

Volume III, Issue 24

February 18, 2006

MALACO ARTISTS DOT RADIO CHARTS

Jackson, MS-Malaco artists, whether on the label proper or one of its various imprints, are appearing all over gospel radio charts, consistently added and often with a bullet. Dottie Peoples’ is the leader with her single, “He Said It” and Luther Barnes is right behind her with “Somehow, Someway.” Each of these singles is from the album of the same name. The success of these artists is due, in part, to their activity and visibility in the marketplace. They tour, attend events, are gracious performers, and in the case of Peoples, endorse a variety of products and support many causes. For more information on touring schedules or interviews, contact Malaco Records at: 601-982-4522.

MUSIC MONITOR
2/17 Artist Song/Album Label
Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
17 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway AIR
32 Da Minista Don’t You Wanna Be Saved/John Miller’s Son Malaco
40 The Mississippi Mass Choir If I Be Lifted Up/Not By Power, Nor By Might Malaco

RADIO AND RECORDS
Gospel New & Active: Shadrach Promise (Juana)
2/17 Artist Song/Album Label
Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
19 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway AIR
27 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco

BILLBOARD RADIO MONITOR
This Week Last Week Weeks on Artist Title Label
5 4 28 Dottie Peoples He Said It (Live) AIR/Malaco
15 20 13 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway AIR/Malaco
16 14 19 Shadrach I Promise Knight/Juana
31 30 17 Rev. Timothy Wright & Chicago Interdenominational Mass Choir Let’s Celebrate AIR/Malaco

BILLBOARD/NEILSON SOUNDSCAN
This Week Last Week Two Weeks  Weeks on Artist Title
31 25 26 29 Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs Tell The Angels: Live in Memphis
48 44 40 50 Mississippi Mass Choir Not By Power, Nor By Might

MALACO GOLD

TELEVISION SPOTLIGHT:
LIVE TAPINGS!

When:  Friday, February 24, 2006, 7:00 pm
Where: Christ United Methodist Church
            6000 Old Canton Road
            Jackson, MS 39211


Benjamin Cone III and Worship will also be taping on the same weekend with many talented guests from the gospel industry including: Carolyn Traylor, Cedric Robinson, and Rhonda Chambers.

When:   Saturday, February 25, 2006, 6:00 pm
Where: Belhaven College Performing Arts Center
       835 Riverside Dr.
        Jackson, MS 39202

Two great powerhouse gospel artists, The Mississippi Mass Choir and Dorothy Norwood, are sharing the stage during this live taping!



Mississippi Mass Honors Black History Month
02/14/2006

MALACO HEADLINES

Volume III, Issue 23

February 14, 2006

MISSISSIPPI MASS HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Jackson, MS-On February 7, in Jackson Mississippi, the Mississippi Mass Choir joined with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Girlchoir and the Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) Dancers in a tribute concert to  renowned civil rights’ leader and martyr Medgar Evers. Evers was a native of Jackson, Mississippi.
 The concert spectacular was narrated by CBS Evening News Correspondent Randall Pinkston, also a native of Mississippi who grew up during the height of the civil rights movement, graduating from Lanier High School in 1968. Sponsored by Bank Plus, the event volunteers included the following organizations:
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
Mississippi Mass Choir
Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center
The Mississippi Girlchoir
Mississippi Afrocentrik Dance and Drum Ensemble
Mississippi Library Commission
Millsaps College
Jackson State University
Tougaloo College
Jackson Public Schools and Power APAC
The City of Jackson

 Concert highlights included a dramatic rendition of “Dry Your Tears, Afrika,” from the film Amistad, accompanied by the Mississippi Mass Choir and the MSO, a student photo montage entitled, “How Medgar Evers Changed My Life,” depicting scenes of the twenty-first century that are the fruits of the civil rights movement and underscored by the MSO with music from Shindler’s List. The Mississippi Mass Choir also performed “God Gets The Glory” and “We Shall Overcome.”
 Evers was born in 1925, in Decatur, Alabama and died a martyr on June 12, 1963, in Jackson, Mississippi. He was determined to fight against racism and became the state field secretary for the NAACP in 1954 in Mississippi, making many enemies. He led many peaceful protests , voter registration drives and economic boycotts. He successfully forced the University of Mississippi to admit its first black student, James Meredith, in 1962. He is well known for the following quote, “Freedom has never been free...I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart and I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them.”

DOTTIE PEOPLES JUMPS UP ON RADIO CHARTS!

“HE SAID IT” (Live In Memphis, AIR)

Billboard Radio Monitor/Gospel Airplay: #4 w/Bullet
R & R Gospel Radio Charts: #6 w/Bullet
Media Guide Gospel Radio Charts: #7 w/Bullet

DOTTIE PEOPLES
RADIO

Dottie Peoples is a force to be reckoned with. Her recent Stellar win for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and her Dove nomination for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year (Live In Memphis) have no doubt added steam to her radio single “He Said It” which has been comfortably in the top ten position for months on several charts, never slipping lower than fifteen.

Malaco Music Group reached a decision to release a new live single to radio: The “He Said It” Stellar performance version, coupled with “Where Would I Be?” Radio programmers should be expecting the new singles shortly.

Peoples is also working on new endorsements and another gospel play. Details on both will be forthcoming.



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