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Hip Hop Pioneer Chuck D to Present Artist Keynote at the Digital Download
Contributed by: Mike Diamonds
Source: Manhunt
Posted on: February 16, 2001 12:21 MST
Filed under: Rap

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ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced Chuck D, author, lecturer, activist, creator and founder of Rapstation.com, as well as leader and co-founder of the rap group Public Enemy, will deliver an artist keynote at The Digital Download: Public Access to Content in a Digital World, March 6, 2001 in Washington, D.C.

The day-long conference will provide attendees with insight into intellectual property issues in the digital age, as panelists and keynote speakers debate the proper balance between the legitimate rights of copyright owners, the rights of manufacturers who produce new technologies and the

rights of consumers to access these technologies.

Chuck D redefined rap music and Hip Hop culture with the release of Public Enemy's debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, in 1987. His messages addressed weighty issues about race, rage and inequality. The group's subsequent seven albums released during the next 13 years met with critical acclaim from publications ranging from Time to The Source, and earned several gold and platinum albums. In 1999, The New York Times named Public Enemy to their list of the "25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century."

In September of 1999, Chuck D launched a multi-format "supersite" on the Web, Rapstation.com. As a home for the global Hip Hop community, the site boasts a TV and radio station with original programming, some of Hip Hop's most prominent DJs, celebrity interviews, free MP3 downloads, social commentary, current events and regular features dedicated to empowering rap artists with the knowledge to turn their craft into a viable living. The site has partnered with various companies and websites, including RealNetworks, House of Blues Digital, Launch, Tucows, Rioport, Communities.com, New World Culture, All Earth and AudioGalaxy.

"A major proponent of music on the Internet, Chuck D leapt to the forefront as one of the first artists to truly use the Internet as a way to bring a wider audience into the music community," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "With his websites and multimedia messages, he is a leader among artists who are embracing technology to empower themselves and revolutionize the music business. We are thrilled he will be speaking at The Digital Download, and add to the debate surrounding today's battles over the Internet, copyright and public access to digital content."

Chuck D also has launched a radio station on the Internet, Bringthenoise.com, and made Public Enemy the first multi-platinum selling act to release an album, 1999's There's A Poison Goin' On, in MP3 format via the Web before it was available in retail stores. He challenged and expanded the traditional methods of retail distribution, arranging for the same album also to be the first-ever released on a Zip disk. Chuck D's involvement in the Internet has landed him on the cover of The Net, Wired, Bomb and Yahoo! Internet Life magazines. He was the guest editor of the 1999 year-end issue of Red Herring and has been a guest contributor to Time magazine. His outspoken advocacy of the Web has been profiled in Forbes, USA Today and The Industry Standard, and he was named to Upside magazine's "Elite 100" list of Internet leaders.

In addition to his music, Chuck D has hosted his own segment on the Fox News Channel and published a best-selling autobiography, Fight the Power. He also is an active speaker on the college lecture circuit, lecturing at numerous universities ranging from Harvard to Howard.

He is a prominent member of music industry non-profit organizations,

including Rock The Vote, where he served as national spokesperson and was honored with the Patrick Lippert Award in 1996 for his contributions to community service. He also has served as national spokesperson for the National Urban League and the National Alliance of African American Athletes, and appeared in public service announcements for HBO's campaign for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Additionally, he started the record label SlamJamz and is a regular guest on CNN and numerous television shows, including Nightline and Politically Incorrect.

Chuck D will deliver the artist keynote at approximately 3:15 p.m. at The Digital Download in the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.

Registration for the conference is $199 through February 20 and $299

thereafter. Official government attendees are offered a reduced registration fee of $30. To download registration forms or for more information, visit http://www.CE.org/events .

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) represents more than 625 U.S. companies involved in the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of audio, video, mobile electronics, communications, information technology, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services, that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, these companies account for more than $70 billion in annual sales. CEA represents the consumer electronics industry in association with the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA).

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Your Source for Workstyle and Lifestyle Technology(SM). All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.


* Winter Technology Summit (invitation only)
February 25-28, 2001, Vail, CO

* Digital Download: Public Access to Content in a
Digital World
March 6, 2001, Washington, DC

* EIA and CEA Spring Conference
May 6-9, 2001, Washington, DC

* CEO Summit (invitation only)
June 20-22, 2001, Olympic Valley, CA

* CEA Fall Conference and Industry Forum
October 14-17, 2001, La Quinta CA

* Digital Car Conference and Exhibition
October 16-18, 2001, Detroit, MI

* 2002 International CES - Your Source for
Workstyle and Lifestyle Technology(SM)
January 8-11, 2002, Las Vegas, NV
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