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La Toya Jackson was born into America’s Royal Family of Music, the Jacksons. As one of the younger children, she was exposed to music, and the business of music, all of her life. Jackson made her debut at the MGM grand hotel in Las Vegas, tap dancing and singing with her brothers, The Jackson Five. Having come from an extraordinarily talented family Jackson decided to make show business a part of her life as well and has extensively traveled the world, performing in more than 90 countries. A true renaissance woman, Jackson has emerged as a successful entertainer, Grammy nominated writer, best-selling author, entrepreneur, television star and international icon. In addition to her music successes, (Heart Don’t Lie, Billboard Hot 100 #56 and “Just Wanna Dance” reaching #13 on the US Billboard Hot Dance chart.) Jackson penned her first book in 1991 “La Toya, Growing Up In The Jackson Family” which made media history and was on the New York Times Best Seller List at the #2 position for several weeks, selling over a million copies.

In 2007 and 2009, Jackson appeared in television shows such as Armed & Famous, which premiered on CBS starring Jackson and other celebrities (Jackson currently maintains her badge by continuing to volunteer as a deputy) and on the British television program “Celebrity Big Brother.””

The consummate philanthropist, Jackson dedicates herself to a combination of several causes stemming from both her own experiences and following through with the causes her beloved brother Michael initiated. One of their common charities is AIDS Project Los Angeles which provides resources to those living with HIV/Aids, where Jackson donates both financially as well as her time. Due to her personal experience with abuse, Jackson is also focused on battered woman’s shelters. In July of 2009, “Home” was released in Michael’s memory with all proceeds going to APLA.

Most recently in 2010, Jackson has tapped into her entrepreneurial side launching a luxurious hand cream entitled, Dream Cream, a hand cream for German cosmetics firm Alessandro International, with plans of announcing many other ventures in 2011.

Jackson is consistently sought after by International media outlets and has been featured on several major interviews including Barbara Walters, ABC News, as well as international television and print interviews. Jackson’s appearance on Larry King Live in March of 2003 caused CNN’s phone lines to stay busy for hours and was King’s highest-rated show in three years.

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Richard Hatch earned his place in pop culture history by winning the very first series of the CBS hit “Survivor” viewed by 54 million people in the year 2000. Hatch outwitted and outlasted 15 other contestants on the island of Pulau Tiga to win a $1,000,000 first prize. After winning “Survivor,” Hatch wrote a book entitled 101 Survival Secrets that was published in November 2000. Hatch decided to go back to “Survivor” in 2004 when he joined the cast of “Survivor All-Stars” but was eventually voted off in the fifth episode. Hatch recently became one of the original ten inductees into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.

Hatch has appeared and guest starred on numerous other television shows including “Dog Eat Dog,” “The Weakest Link,” “Battle of the Network Reality Stars,” “Becker,” and the Australian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Hatch also co-hosted “LIVE with Regis,” the “CBS Early Show,” and made a cameo in the 2006 film “Another Gay Movie.”

Prior to Hatch’s “Survivor” appearance, he was a corporate trainer and motivational speaker. Hatch spent five years in the United States Army, two of which were at West Point’s United States Military Academy.

Hatch has two adult sons and is married to Argentine Emiliano Cabral. They await the day their marriage will be recognized in this country. Hatch is honored to work with many charitable organizations including GrassrootSoccer and Give Kids the World.

Hatch currently resides in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Hope Dworaczyk, considered by fashion insiders as one of the industry’s most beautiful models, burst on the scene after appearing on the cover of Playboy Magazine’s April, 2009 issue with actor Seth Rogen in a fanciful pose that channeled the legendary Marilyn Monroe. The public response was so overwhelming that Hugh Hefner, founder of the iconic men’s magazine, named Dworaczyk the 2010 Playmate of the Year. She appeared on the magazine’s June, 2010 cover and holds the historic distinction of being Playboy’s first 3-D centerfold.

Dworaczyk is the popular host of Toronto based “Inside Fashion,” a weekly beauty lifestyle program that broadcast throughout Canada on E! Entertainment Television and Global TV. Dworaczyk was on the ground floor of the show’s development and directed the show’s focus towards coverage of international fashion shows, backstage preparations, interviews with top tier fashion photographers and designers and other integral power players of fashion.

With “Inside Fashion,” Dworaczyk draws upon extensive experience and contacts developed through modeling and runway work for such names as Balenciaga, Robert Rodriguez, Lana Fuchs, Leila Rose, Abaete, Joanna Mastroianni, Rosa Cha, XOXO and Miss Sixty. Other career highlights include an international world tour for Versace with visits to Tokyo, Milan, London and New York and print campaigns for brands such as Philippe Patek and Elie Saab, among others.

Raised in Port Lavaca, a small town outside of Houston, Texas, Dworaczyk had already reached her statuesque height of 5 foot 10 inches at thirteen years old. Encouraged by family and friends, she entered the 2000 Miss Teen Texas competition and won. This opened the door to the world of modeling and soon she was signed by the prestigious Wilhelmina agency. Hope has been working non-stop ever since.

Dworaczyk divides her time between Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Europe. She is a committed supporter of Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

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David Cassidy returned to series television in 2009 for a season of “Ruby & the Rockits” (ABC Family), in which brother Patrick co-stars along with Alexa Vega (“Spy Kids”). “This was the first time that all three of my brothers and I ever worked together. It has been our dream and desire to do this for many years and it couldn’t have been more fun,” said Cassidy. “I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.” It was almost four decades ago that Cassidy rose to stardom in another family show, “The Partridge Family,” and became the biggest TV and performing phenomenon in history.

From television to recording and record-breaking concert tours, from Broadway and London’s West End to Las Vegas production shows, Cassidy has made his mark and been lauded with nominations and awards in each arena. Cassidy has certainly proven that it is talent, creativity and tenacity that keep people coming to shows, turning on the television, and buying his recordings.

Hailing from a family of actors, mother Evelyn Ward and father Jack Cassidy, his fate as a performer was essentially seeded at a young age. It was by coincidence that he wound up starring with stepmother Shirley Jones in “The Partridge Family.” When ABC cast Cassidy as its juvenile star in what became an astonishingly successful series, one of the most spectacular careers in the entertainment industry was launched. Before the end of 1970, the year that “The Partridge Family” premiered, David had the #1 selling single of the year and record of the year, and garnered multiple Grammy nominations and won a Golden Apple Award. Over the next five years, membership in his official fan club exceeded that of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Those were only the first of many records Cassidy broke in his long and constantly evolving career. He became the first personality to be merchandised globally. His likeness appeared on everything from posters to lunch boxes, comic books, toys, cereal boxes and almost anything else imaginable. His concerts sold out in the largest arenas and stadiums in the world which led him to be the world’s highest paid performer by the age of 21. He broke box office records at Melbourne’s Cricket Grounds, London’s White City Stadium, Houston’s Astrodome and New York’s Madison Square Garden. To date, his records have sold well over 30 million copies worldwide and have been recognized with over 24 gold and platinum recordings including four consecutive multi-platinum LP’s.

Cassidy was responsible for seven chart-topping Partridge Family singles including “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted,” “I Woke Up In Love This Morning,” “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” and of course, “I Think I Love You”, the best selling record of 1971. As a solo artist, Cassidy has had hit singles including “Cherish,” “Could It Be Forever,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “Rock Me Baby” and “Lyin’ to Myself.” His 2004 CD, “Then and Now,” was in the Top Five and reached platinum status.

In addition to the superstardom he has enjoyed as a singer, songwriter and producer, Cassidy still thinks of himself as an actor. His credits, from the phenomenal success of “The Partridge Family” also include the telefilm “A Chance to Live” the highest rated “Police Story” in its seven year history, which earned him an Emmy nomination as Best Dramatic Actor.

Never one to rest on his laurels, he went to Broadway where he starred in the original production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Ironically, brother Patrick starred in the same show in the same role on a national tour in 2005.

London beckoned to Cassidy, and he starred next at the prestigious West End in “Time” with Sir Laurence Olivier. In 1994, he once again broke box office records in the stunning and highly lauded production of “Blood Brothers” on Broadway, working for the first time with Shaun. The subsequent tour of the United States and Canada was also SRO.

Despite the peaks and valleys of his professional and personal life, Cassidy has always been able to regenerate his success by keeping his perspective and acute sense of humor. “I’m an optimist. I mean, you have to be with my career,” he laughs. “I’ve never gone out and changed my style to suit the times. I have always stayed true to myself by using the work ethic my father instilled in me, to strive for the best musically, theatrically, as well as in producing and writing. He taught me to be fearless about revealing the frailties and strengths of the human experience. Bringing that human element to my work is the most important thing I can do as an entertainer.”

In 1996, Cassidy took on his next challenge and moved to Las Vegas to star at the MGM Grand in the $75 million extravaganza “EFX.” Under Cassidy’s creative direction and by entirely re-vamping the show, it became the most successful production in Las Vegas. The MGM acknowledged that he was singularly responsible for bringing over 1 million paid customers to see “EFX”. Within four months of opening, the show was voted “Best Production Show” in Las Vegas, and Cassidy was voted “Best All Around Performer” and “Best Singer.” In 1999, Cassidy was again named “Best All Around Performer,” “Entertainer of the Year” and “Show Star of the Year” for “The Rat Pack Is Back!”, the first original production paying tribute to the legendary quartet, which he created and produced with Emmy Award winning writer-producer Don Reo. The musical played to sold-out audiences first at the Desert Inn, then at the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Simultaneously, Cassidy and Reo created “At the Copa,” which Cassidy wrote, co-produced and in which starred. He returned to performing in concert subsequently and continues to tour worldwide.

In addition to performing, producing, writing and recording, Cassidy’s passion and avocation lie with the thoroughbred horses that he breeds and that race throughout the country. Cassidy lives in Florida with his wife, songwriter Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, and their 19-year-old son Beau.

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José Canseco Capas, Jr. (born July 2, 1964), nicknamed “The Chemist,” is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. Conseco was named Rookie of the Year in 1986 and Most Valuable Player in 1988 in the American League. He was also the first player to hit forty home runs and steal forty bases in a single season. After his retirement from Major League Baseball, Canseco competed in boxing and mixed martial arts. His identical twin brother is former major league player Ozzie Canseco.

Canseco was born in Regla, Cuba and moved to Miami with his family as an infant. After graduating from Coral Park High School, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 15th round in 1982. Canseco was first recognized for his for his remarkable power at his early minor league stops with the Idaho Falls A’s in Idaho Falls, Idaho and the Modesto A’s in Modesto, California. He began the 1985 season with the AA Huntsville Stars, where he was nicknamed “Parkway Jose,” for his long home runs that landed close to the Memorial Parkway behind the stadium.

During his baseball career, he made guest appearances on “The Simpsons” and “Nash Bridges.” Since his retirement, Canseco has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “60 Minutes,” “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” “Boomer and Carton,” “Howard Stern,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “CMI: The Chris Myers Interview.” He also starred in season five of “The Surreal Life with Janice Dickinson.”

Canseco received six National Baseball Hall of Fame votes in 2007, which failed to get him the 5% vote he needed to stay on the ballot for another year. However, the Committee of Baseball Veterans can still elect him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Gary Busey was born, William Gary Busey, in Goose Creek (now Baytown) Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. Busey attended college on a football scholarship, but due to a knee injury became interested in acting.

Busey began his show-business career as a drummer in “The Rubber Band,” where he actually played at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Stage. A talented drummer, he also played with country-and-western legends Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. He also released one album on Epic Records with a band called Carp in 1969. Busey continued to play several small roles in both film and television during the 1970s. In 1975, as the character “Harvey Daley,” he was the last person killed on the series Gunsmoke.

His real breakthrough came in the dynamic 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story” with Busey taking the lead role of Buddy Holly, in addition to playing guitar and singing all the vocals. His stellar performance scored him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and the attention of Hollywood. In the same year he also starred in the critically acclaimed surfing movie “Big Wednesday”, followed by “A Star is Born.”

In 1987, Busey played the brutal assassin Mr. Joshua trying to kill L.A. cops Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the runaway mega-hit “Lethal Weapon.”

Some of Busey’s other films include Stephen King’s “Silver Bullet,” “D.C. Cab,” “Insignificance,” “Predator 2,” “Rookie of the Year,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Under Siege,” “The Firm,” “Lost Highway,” “Point Break,” and “Black Sheep.” Busey has also appeared as himself on HBO’s “Entourage.”

Busey is also an author and is currently writing a book called “Buseyisms” where he takes a word and creates a definition for it with each letter that spells the word. A favorite of his is FUN: Finally Understanding Nothing.

The entertaining Busey has continued to remain busy in front of the cameras and has certainly developed a cult following among many film fans.

Busey is also the proud father of actor Jake Busey, Alectra Hutchinson Busey, and early this year he became a new father to Luke Samson Busey. Gary Busey is engaged to actress Steffanie Sampson.

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Some people think big. Some people think huge. And then there’s Meat Loaf.

For the past 35 years, Michael Lee Aday has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell transformed this former high school football player, nightclub bouncer and stage actor into one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide – still one of the biggest-selling records ever.

Meat Loaf’s reputation as one of music’s greatest artists was underlined by such masterpieces as Dead Ringer (1981), Bad Attitude (1984) and the Bat Out Of Hell sequels Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993) and Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006). Other artists might have tried to match his scale and copy his sound, but no one has come close.

Now, more than 30 years after he exploded onto the world stage, Meat Loaf is back with a new record, Hang Cool Teddy Bear (a title taken from a line in the classic Russ Meyer trash movie Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls). From opener Peace On Earth to closer Elvis In Vegas, its 13 tracks drag the classic Meat Loaf sound kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

“I wanted it big, I wanted it dramatic, I wanted a rock record,” says Meat Loaf. “Yes, it sounds like a Meat Loaf record. But it sounds different too – it sounds new, it sounds fresh. It speaks to you in a different way.”

Much of this newfound energy can be put down to Meat Loaf’s working relationship with his new collaborator, producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance Paramore, Fleetwood Mac). For the singer, it was a chance to work with one of the hottest producers around. For Cavallo, it was an opportunity to work with a childhood hero and a proper rock ‘n’ roll legend.

“Rob is the Number 1 rock producer in the world because he leaves his ego out of the equation and gives an artist his voice, making it sound better than the artist could even imagine,” says Meat. “I was like a fisherman looking for a big mouthed bass. I put on the right worm. The first song I played to him, I hooked him. The second song, I nailed him.”

The pair hit it off immediately, and this electrifying creative partnership immediately raised the bar several feet. Meat Loaf brought more than 40 songs to the table, which the duo whittled down to the 13 that appear on the final record, including the furious ‘Living On The Outside’ and hilarious first single LosAngeloser.

But there was one other piece to the jigsaw: Los Angeles-based screenwriter and director Kilian Kerwin, a long-time friend of the singer. As with every classic Meat Loaf album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear has a bigger concept. It was one of Kerwin’s short stories that inspired the singer to come up with the album’s striking narrative.

“It’s the story of a soldier,” reveals Meat Loaf. “He’s been in battle and he’s lying face down on the ground. He can’t move, but he turns his head and starts to see blood run across the ground, and so he thinks he’s going to die. They always say you see your life flash backwards you when you’re about to die. But his life flashes forward – into what possibly could happen. He sees what his life could be – the good and the bad. The songs are the different scenarios he finds himself in. It’s not always the same time or the same place – but it’s always the same woman. But I don’t want to give too much away – I want people to work it out for themselves.”

To flesh out his vision, Meat Loaf enlisted a set of elite musicians to play on the album, including guitarists Tim Pierce, Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins (who co-wrote two songs for the album), Paul Crook and Randy Flowers, legendary bass players Chris Chaney and Kasim Sulton, genius keyboardist Jamie Mulhoberac and the world’s greatest rock drummer (just ask Rob Cavallo) John Micelli. Hang Cool Teddy Bear also features a stellar array of big-name guests, including Steve Vai (who appears on Love is Not Real), former Queen guitarist Brian May (who appears on Song Of Madness and Love Is Not Real), American Idol presenter Kara DioGuardi (who co-wrote and sings on If I Can’t Have You) and Hollywood star Jack Black, who duets with Meat Loaf on Like A Rose.

But the most surprising guest is Hugh Laurie – the English actor famous for starring in Blackadder and hit US TV show House. It was while making a guest appearance on the latter that Meat Loaf met Laurie and discovered that he was a classically-trained pianist. What else could he do but ask the actor to play piano on the song If I Can’t Have You?

“He was really nervous at first,” recalls Meat Loaf. “It was strange seeing someone so confident on a TV set walk into the studio like he’s a quivering mess. But he nailed it. He’s talking about playing it with us if we ever go on American Idol.”

“What I love about Hugh, Jack and Kara,” says Meat Loaf. “Is that sometimes you get people coming to the studio, and they have their manager and a bodyguard and an entourage – it’s this endless stream of people. The 3 of them, they just drove up to the studio in their own cars, no bullshit no fronts, just real people. And I love real people.”

But for all the star guests, Hang Cool Teddy Bear is Meat Loaf’s album – his own dirty little secret. More than four decades into his career, the man – and his voice – is as big, bold and important as ever.

“How do I keep the fire burning?” he asks. “I don’t know. I just do. I’d bet in advance that if I sat with somebody in a room and said to them, ‘I’ll give you five pounds if you don’t go ‘Whoah!’ after the first song’, they’d forget about the five pounds and they’d go ‘Whoah!’. You can’t help it. And it’s like that across all the songs. This record is spectacular!”

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For the last decade, Lil Jon has been one of the most prominent figures in music. Known best for his role in creating and popularizing the southern movement and lifestyle known as Crunk, Lil Jon has become one of the most sought after artists and producers in hip-hop. Widely known for his platinum-selling production, Lil Jon has crafted groundbreaking hits for a diverse array of artists, such as, Usher, Ciara, The Ying Yang Twins and E-40, to popular rock acts, Weezer and LMFAO. As an artist, he has sold millions of records as the frontman of Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, whose smash hits “Get Low” and “What U Goin’ Do” have been among the biggest crossover hip-hop hits in recent times.

When Lil Jon commenced work on his highly anticipated solo album Crunk Rock, he made a surprising decision. He decided to work with other producers. “After a certain amount of time, it’s hard to be the artist, producer and everything,” he explains. “And, I wanted a new sound, to take it to another level! I wanted to have the best producers, the best of the best at whatever they do and let them do their thing. I just went to other people and it was dope because, for a change, I got a chance to just be an artist. It gave me a new energy and a new freshness.”

That new energy and freshness is reflected throughout Crunk Rock, an innovative, genre-bending collection that features explosive new sounds and attitudes. Hitmakers Drumma Boy, LMFAO, DJ Chuckie and Kassiano are among the producers who join Lil Jon (who also produced several selections) to create Crunk Rock’s searing soundscapes.

Just as Lil Jon popularized Crunk to the pop culture lexicon, he plans to do the same with Crunk Rock. “Crunk Rock is a lifestyle,” he says. “It doesn’t just mean Crunk and rock music. It means we live Crunk and party like rock stars! You live life to the fullest. You don’t let nobody tell you, you can’t do nothing. You’re on 10. You’re living life and you’re doing your thing.”

Crunk Rock boasts the spastic, confrontational “Get In Get Out” and the equally raucous radio smashes “Shots” and “Outta Your Mind.” (The latter two feature and were produced by LMFAO.) “Outta Your Mind,” in particular, serves as a sort of sonic energy source. “It’s a record you can put on when you want to go work out and you need some energy, if you’re going to a club and you’re ready to get Crunk for the night, or if you need your energy up when you’re going to work,” Lil Jon says. “Whatever you’re trying to do to get your energy level up and you’re trying to have a good time, that’s the song you want to hear.”

The same could be said for the block-rocking “Throw It Up PT. 2,” which reunites Lil Jon and Pastor Troy and also features rising rapper Waka Flocka Flame. Lil Jon then showcases an angst-riddled rock sound courtesy of punk band Whole Wheat Bread on “Killas,” which features guest vocals from Ice Cube, The Game and Elephant Man. Things then take a decidedly gangster turn on “G Walk,” which features Soulja Boy.

But Crunk Rock contains more than rowdy music for the clubs. “Like A Stripper,” for instance, should make the ladies swoon, while “Ms. Chocolate” with R. Kelly and Mario gives an often-overlooked segment of the population a theme song. “I was in the studio eating some chocolate and was like, ‘We need to make a song for the chocolate girls,’” Lil Jon recalls. “That’s how that came about. It was that simple. The dark-skinned women have an anthem, finally. The light-skinned girls always get all the credit, but now the dark-skinned girls got their song!”

Always one to introduce new sounds to his fans, Lil Jon then teamed with Balie funk maestros Kassiano and Mr. Catra, as well as Baile funk dancer and Playboy model Mulher File, for the pulsating “Machuka.” Jon was drawn to the pulsating sounds of Baile funk – a form of Brazilian music – while touring the world as a DJ in between albums. “Baile funk reminds me of Miami bass back in the late ‘80s and ‘90s,” Lil Jon explains. “They’ve got the booty shake dancers. They even use old Miami bass records in Baile funk songs. The women love the songs. They dance to it like they’re going crazy!”

Lil Jon himself was the one going crazy when he got to collaborate with reggae legends Stephen and Damian Marley on “On De Grind.” A lifelong fan of reggae music, Lil Jon was particularly impressed by how the Marley’s embraced him. “It was dope that the Marley’s opened up their home in Miami to me,” he says. “I came to their studio and recorded it. They don’t do a lot of records with a lot of different people and for them to show me that much love was amazing. To work with those talented guys — both of them won Grammys before and their father is a legend — it was amazing just to work with them period.”

Other artists surely say the same thing about Lil Jon. After delivering a string of regional hits with the East Side Boyz in the 1990s, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz became a national force in 2001 thanks to the hits “Bia Bia” and “Put Yo Hood Up.” Lil Jon’s mesmerizing, club-ready production launched the Crunk movement, which introduced his patented high-energy music and guttural growls to a worldwide audience. Crunk became so popular that Lil Jon became a fixture on Chappelle’s Show and artists not directly connected to him, such as Mary J. Blige, began using the word Crunk, in their own music.

Lil Jon’s reach quickly expanded to endorsement deals with Oakley sunglasses and Crunk!!! Energy Drink – which recently introduced two new flavors, Grape and Peach Mango – among others. More recently, Lil Jon has introduced Crunk!!! Energy Stix, a powder version of his energy drink. There’s also his award-winning wine label, Little Jonathan Winery, which garnered tremendous press including a feature in People Magazine.

But for Lil Jon it always comes back to music. He is looking forward to producing for other artists again now that Crunk Rock is complete. “This album has definitely been fun because I’m doing stuff that I’ve never done before,” he says. “I feel fresh and new again!”

The last time Lil Jon brought something this drastically new to the table, Crunk revolutionized the musical landscape. With Crunk Rock, Lil Jon plans to continue his revolution.

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Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the familiar and legendary voice of the one and only Dionne Warwick, who has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick’s career has spanned more than 48 years, establishing her as an international music legend. She has earned more than sixty charted hits and sold over 100 million records. She began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by a young songwriting team, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. She had her first hit in 1962 with “Don’t Make Me Over.” By 1970, she had racked up more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Message to Michael,” “Promises, Promises,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” and the theme from “The Valley of the Dolls.”

Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 for her classic “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and a second Grammy Award in 1970 for the best-selling album, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” In 1974, she hit the top of the charts with “Then Came You,” a million-selling duet with The Spinners. In 1976, Arista Records label-mate Barry Manilow produced her first Platinum-selling album, “Dionne,” which included the back-to-back hits “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “Déjà vu.” Both recordings earned Grammy Awards, making Warwick the first female artist to win the Best Female Pop and Best Female R&B Performance awards.

Warwick’s 1982 album, “Heartbreaker,” co-produced by Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees, became an international chart-topper. In 1985, she reunited with producer Burt Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Steve Wonder and Elton John to record the landmark song “That’s What Friends Are For,” which became a number one hit record around the world and the first recording dedicated to raising awareness and major funds for the AIDS cause, which Warwick continually supports.

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Warwick collaborated with many of her musical peers, including Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Kashif and Stevie Wonder. Most recently, she recorded an album of duets, “My Friends and Me,” (Concord Records) and a much anticipated Gospel album, “Why We Sing,” (Rhino Records). She is currently finishing a new album of the music of legendary composer Sammy Cahn. Most recently, Warwick added “author” to her list of credits with a best-selling children’s book, “Say A Little Prayer.”

Always one to give back, Warwick has supported and campaigned for a number of causes and charities near to her heart, including AIDS, The Starlight Foundation, children’s hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education, for which she has raised millions of dollars. A New Jersey school was named in her honor, The Dionne Warwick Institute in recognition of her support and accomplishments.

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Niki Taylor has become one of the most successful international models of all time. She began modeling at the age of 14 and immediately captured the heart of America with her girl-next-door charm and undeniable beauty.

Taylor has achieved a staggering list of accomplishments in every aspect of the fashion industry with an 80% recognition factor today with women between the ages of 25 to 45.

Taylor has realized the value of her name being a brand $785 million spent in advertising campaigns that feature her world renowned image.

Taylor’s accomplishments include, but are not limited, to the list below:

· First spokes model under 18 to be placed under exclusive contract with Cover Girl Cosmetics (she signed with them in 1992).

· Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest model to sign a six figure deal.

· Over 300 magazine covers worldwide including Mademoiselle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Elle, Self, Shape, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.

· An unprecedented six covers in one month (May 1996) now known as the “Niki Six”— Allure, Elle, Vogue, Self, Shape & Marie Claire.

· National advertising campaigns for Cover Girl, Liz Claiborne, Nokia, Ellen Tracy, L’Oreal, Lee Jeans and Panteen, among many others.

· Having six “larger-than-life” billboards in New York’s Time Square simultaneously, this included a year-long presence on the three Liz Claiborne Time Square billboards.

· Featured in the Sports Illustrated 1997 Swimsuit issue, for their TV show and on the cover of their 1998 calendar.

· A branding value from Wall Street of 100 million dollars.

Taylor is recognized worldwide for her exquisite grace, charm, and celebrity. These qualities have lead to widespread recognition and unprecedented profitably for the companies of the campaigns she has endorsed.

Taylor was profiled by ABC’S “Prime Time Live” in the spring of 1997, which was her first major television interview. This interview gave the public an opportunity to meet the charismatic Niki Taylor. In 2001, ABC’S “Prime Time Live” caught up with Taylor and the following year E! featured her in their E! “True Hollywood Story.” Taylor then turned the tables and became a reporter for a number of segments for the internationally syndicated show “Lifestyles.” She has also covered events for NBC and was a guest host on MTV’s “Fashionably Loud”. Recently, Taylor co-hosted the television show “Make Me a Supermodel” on the Bravo network.

Although Taylor is constantly in the public eye, she describes herself as “real, simple and alive.” Taylor enthusiastically embraces new challenges, as she broadens and balances her professional career with the responsibilities of her personal life. In March 2009, Taylor and her husband NASCAR driver Burney Lamar, and Taylor’s 15-year-old twins Jake and Hunter, welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Ciel, to their growing family. As a wife and mother, Taylor has learned the intricate balancing act of maintaining both her home life and professional life. On top of all of her other responsibilities, Taylor is known for her passion and dedication to various non-profit organizations. She is actively involved with numerous charitable organizations, including The American Red Cross and Victory Junction Gang Camp, among others.