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21/10/2010

Bruno Mars scores 4th week atop U.S. singles chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Bruno Mars remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a fourth consecutive week with "Just the Way You Are."

The song has moved 1.697 million copies since its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"The Lazy Song," a second single from Mars' top-10 album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," debuted at No. 82 on the Hot 100.

Making a splash into the top 10 was Taylor Swift, who opened at No. 8 with "Speak Now," the title track from her upcoming October 25 album release. Swift's arrival gives her the mark for most top 10 debuts in the history of the Billboard Hot 100: "Speak Now" is her sixth title to enter the chart's top tier. That total surpasses the five top 10 entries earned by Mariah Carey from 1995-98. Swift's first top 10 debut was with "Change," in August 2008.

Far*East Movement remained at No. 2 on the singles chart with "Like A G6." Moving up a slot to No. 3 was Nelly's "Just a Dream," which swapped spots with Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."

"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," by Usher featuring Pitbull, held at No. 5, while Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" climbed from No. 8 to No. 6. Falling one rung to No. 7 ws Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."

Closing out the top 10 were "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida featuring David Guetta (slipping one to No. 9) and "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna (dropping three to No. 10).

Kanye West claimed his third-best Hot 100 debut as a lead artist, with "Runaway" opening at No. 12. Only "Heartless" (No. 2) and "Love Lockdown" have had better starts.

The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" surges up the Hot 100 from No. 45 to No. 27). The trio's self-titled album is set to debut next week.

After setting a one-week high of six debuts a week ago, the "Glee" cast upped that count by one with seven new entries for the week, led by their cover of the Beatles' first No. 1 Hot 100 hit from 1964, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," at No. 36.

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20/10/2010

O'Donnell Unable to Name RecentSupreme Court Decision -- Can You?

Much has been made of Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell'sshe disagreed with during the Delaware Senate debate.Many have found fault with the person who constantly trumpets the party line that activist judges have been ruining America.It has been pointed out that she should have been familiar with a few since she so strongly disagrees with what they are doing.But Christine O'Donnell says she is one of us () in a recent campaign ad. With that in mind, would you have had a problem naming a Supreme Court decision with which you disagreed?

WHYY anchor Nancy Karibjanian refused to supply a case to O'Donnell when she asked, noting that Christine O'Donnell herself would have to supply a case with which she disagrees.Unable to answer, she then argued with CNN anchor and co-moderator Wolf Blitzer when he offered her the consolation case of Roe v. Wade that it wasn't a recent case. When the question shifted to Democratic candidate Chris Coons, he was able to supply the January ruling stating that the government could not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

Of course, Coons could have addressed the even more recent June ruling whereby the Supreme Court ruled that local gun laws could not restrict a citizen's right to own guns.But, then, he may have agreed with that ruling.

It is difficult to say how many people could have named a recent Supreme Court decision at all, let alone one with which they disagreed.Chances are, though, if they could, they would have been able to name one with which they disagreed far quicker than one with which they found agreement.Still, there are those who could have named several.But it would seem a given that someone who mouths anti-liberal platitudes against activist judges would have at least one case to offer.She did not.She couldn't think of one.And in that respect, Christine O'Donnell might have convincingly represented herself as one of the common people.

But is that the kind of person one wants as a lawmaker, one who votes on whether certain policies are legislated, certain laws are passed?As an elected official, she would sit on committees that formulated, revised, and/or removed certain aspects of legislation, thereby having a hand in the final measure.Shouldn't one be clear where one stands when it comes to law?And shouldn't someone being elected to public office and its responsibility of lawmaking at least have a position on recent rulings of Constitutionality on laws?

Christine O'Donnell proved during the Delaware senatorial debate that she was indeed like some of us.She couldn't name a recent Supreme Court decision with which she disagreed.She revealed that she was ill informed.But unlike most of us, she aspires to a public office that should demand at least a modicum of knowledge of that which one agrees or disagrees.And the voter deserves to know how their elected official will potentially legislate.

Because whether Christine O'Donnell knows it or not, what she would do if elected is something with which we will all have to live and just might become subject to Supreme Court perusal.It's the law.

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19/10/2010

David Gilden Releases Reissue of Successful New Age Album Ancestral Voices, Available September 28, 2010 through Kora Productions

World Music artist David Gilden has announced the release of Ancestral Voices, a reissue of the timeless 1990 original recording that will now be available for the first time in digital stores. BFM Digital, a leading digital music aggregator and distributor of independent music, is distributing the album.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) September 28, 2010 -- World Music artist David Gilden has announced the release of Ancestral Voices, a reissue of the timeless 1990 original recording that will now be available for the first time in digital stores. , a leading digital music aggregator and distributor of independent music, is distributing the album.

A presence in the world of New Age and Yoga music for over twenty years, Gilden has released several recordings that have been featured on NPR and college radio stations throughout North America.His music can be heard on one of the most popular contemporary music programs on public radio, Hearts of Space with host Stephen Hill.Gilden has been featured on WNYC’s critically acclaimed music program “New Sounds” as well as in host John Schaefer’s book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music.He has also been interviewed for Voice of America’s longest running program, Music Time in Africa that was created by veteran broadcaster Leo Sarkisian and is heard around the world in countries such as Poland, India, Japan and Australia.

Ancestral Voices artfully blends World Music traditions with the ‘organic’ use of electronic elements.Gilden’s ambient World Electronica style is richly layered, utilizing an arsenal of keyboards and incorporating World instruments into a lush musical tapestry resulting in a harmonic blend of traditional and contemporary.Folk instruments of countries around the world from Africa to India lend their voices to create music perfect for yoga practice, meditative retreat or a spa visit.

While most tracks of Ancestral Voices feature Gilden’s exceptional mastery of the kora, a West African harp-lute, the title track also showcases the Mbira, a thumb-piano used in Zimbabwean trance music. The album also includes acclaimed musicians such as Jimmy Earl, bass player for Cleto and the Cletones, house band for Jimmy Kimmel Live and Internationally renowned bansuri bamboo flutist Steve Gorn, who contributes a dreamy Indian flavor to three tracks on this beautifully re-mastered album.

David Gilden has been performing music on the twenty-one-string kora with his world music group Cora Connection since the early 90s.After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1980, Gilden embarked on his kora studies becoming the first American student of Gambian griots Dembo Konte and Malamini Jobarteh.To date, he has traveled to the region a total of nine times, interacting with local musicians and studying with kora virtuosos to perfect his skills.He now performs as a solo artist primarily in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area at festivals, museums and special events.

Ancestral Voices is available everywhere on September 28th, 2010. To preview the album, please follow this link:

Tracks:1. Island Journey (4:32)2. Bantang Ba Kouyate (7:20)3. Dragonfly Dream (4:13)4. Harmonic Vista (6:31)5. Yarabi (4:19)6. Crossing the Astral Bridge (2:00)7. Island Solo (3:57)8. Rights of Man (2:15)9. Ancestral Voices Part I (5:34)10. Ancestral Voices Part II (2:55)11. Pilgrimage to Soma (6:12)12. Kora Duet (2:25)13. Temporal Tonic (5:55)14. Serengeti Sundance (9:05)

For a review copy of the CD, please contact Heather Noonan at BFM Digital: pr(at)bfmdigital(dot)com or 818-761-0191

To view a short video on Gilden’s background and music career, please visit:

For more information, please visit: About BFM Digital, Inc. BFM Digital is a global digital music company committed to serving the independent music community and delivering quality music, spoken word and video content to leading online retailers worlide. Representing a diverse catalog of indie labels, artists and publishers, BFM distributes to all of the major music services including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, Walmart, Nokia and many more. With an unparalleled commitment to personalized service, BFM works closely with their content providers from around the world to ensure maximum exposure of their catalog by customizing marketing efforts and building strong relationships with BFM's digital store partners.

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BFM DigitalHeather Noonan818-762-0191

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