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Lastrada Given Its "Shot" With HAMILTON
Lastrada is enjoying the success of the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton from the front row with an interest in the musical's hit song "MY SHOT", which is one of the first numbers in Hamilton that sets the stage for the play's recurring theme of opportunities Hamilton partook in during his short lifetime.  "MY SHOT" is one of the songs in Hamilton that employs lyrics from Rap legends of the 90's, including Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem.  "MY SHOT" contains a lyrical interpolation from the song "Going Back To Cali", which was one of Notorious B.I.G.'s hits from his multi-Platinum album Life After Death, and was 1 of 3 songs performed by the full Hamilton cast for President Obama at the White House in March 2016.  Between the success of the Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning musical and the play's Platinum soundtrack album, Lastrada's affiliation with Hamilton has only afforded SRO-acclaim.   read more ...

Lastrada Partners with Cookie Monster in Apple Commercial
Lastrada entered into a worldwide license with Apple for the use of Jim Croce's "TIME IN A BOTTLE" in a year-long television commercial featuring the new Siri hands-free that also features Sesame Street's Cookie Monster.  "TIME IN A BOTTLE", Jim Croce's #1 Pop hit from 1971, has been used in a variety of commercials and television shows, including The West Wing, Nip/Tuck, MacGuyver and The Hangover Part II, but none more prominently than the current Apple advertisement.   

Lastrada's "Planez" Part of Grammy R&B Song of 2015 Mix
"Planez", the hit single by Jeremih featuring J. Cole, is one of the 5 songs nominated for the Grammy R&B Song of the Year for 2015.  Lastrada and its writer's, Regi Hargis', interest in "Planez" is derived from a sample of the 1999 song "Put It In Your Mouth" by Akinyele, which was based on a sample of the song "Fun" by the 70's group Brick.  "Planez" was a Top 20 R&B hit in 2015, reaching 'Platinum' sales status.  The song is due for release on Jeremih's forthcoming album Late Nights: The Album, which will be released in December 2015.   read more ...

"Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin' Gets Picked Up for RIDE ALONG 2 Trailer
Ride Along 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the hit comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, is being promoted with the help of "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'" by M.C. Breed.  "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'" was one of the earliest crossover Rap hits, peaking at #12 on the Rap charts in 1991 as well as charting on the R&B and Pop charts.  "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'" continues to have legs nearly 25 years after its success, including a use in the motion picture Harsh Times and a recent use in the video game MLB 2014.  The Ride Along 2 trailer using "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'" is currently airing with the movie's release scheduled for early 2016.   

"More Bounce To The Ounce" Logs on PIXELS
"More Bounce To The Ounce", the 1980 #2 R&B hit by Zapp and one of the most prominent hits from the Funk Era, appears in the latest Adam Sandler motion picture Pixels.  "More Bounce To The Ounce", which was also recently tapped for the motion picture Straight Outta Compton, has been used in a slew of motion picture and television uses, including Boyz 'N The Hood, Everybody Hates Chris, Losing Isaiah and Bernie Mac, as well as in video games and over 50 compilation albums.  "More Bounce To The Ounce" has also been sampled in over 100 new works, including by artists such as Snoop Dogg, Puffy, Ice Cube, M.C. Breed and EPMD.   

STUART WEITZMAN Shoes Fit in with "Make That Move"
Lastrada and Stuart Weitzman have agreed on the use of "Make That Move" for a 6-month television commercial that aired in connection with the MTV Music Video Awards show in August 2015.  "Make That Move" was a Top 10 R&B hit for Shalamar in 1981, and was used as the basic theme for a new song recorded by Maluca x Solidisco.  This represents the first time "Make That Move" has been used for a commercial product.  The new version of "Make That Move" will also be available for limited digital downloading with an anticipated release in the Fall of 2015.   

This year's hottest motion picture, Straight Outta Compton, features 7 songs from the Lastrada catalog, including N.W.A.'s seminal hit "Gangsta Gangsta", as well as hits by 2Pac ("California Love"), Ice Cube ("The Nigga Ya Love To Hate"), and Zapp ("More Bounce To The Ounce" and "Be Alright").  Straight Outta Compton has been atop the motion picture box office receipts since its release in August 2015.  With its catalog rich in early Rap music and 80's works that were the inspiration for such works, Lastrada's catalog is a mainstay of the motion picture soundtrack.   

"Timber" Right On Key for PITCH PERFECT 2
The long-awaited Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2014 motion picture smash hit, was released worldwide on May 15, 2015.  The soundtrack for the Pitch Perfect 2 returning cast will include the 2014 hit "TIMBER", which was originally performed by Pitbull & Kesha and was a #1 song in the United States for 4 weeks as well as being at the top of nearly every major international song chart.  This is the 2nd significant motion picture use for "TIMBER", which was previously licensed for motion picture trailer uses for the film The Other Woman.  The use of "Timber" in Pitch Perfect 2 will also include an accompanying motion picture soundtrack, as well as sing-a-long versions.   

BAMA STATE STYLE features BAMA STATE STYLE features "Meeting In The Ladies Room"
"MEETING IN THE LADIES ROOM", the 1984 #4 R&B hit by Klymaxx, is part of the opening season for the new reality series Bama State Style featuring the Alabama State University marching band.  "MEETING IN THE LADIES ROOM" has quickly become the seminal work by Klymaxx with recent uses in Mike & Molly, Being Bobby Brown and RuPaul's Drag Race.  Bama State Style first aired in April 2015 on Lifetime Television and will run through the Summer of 2015.   

Jay-Z's Jay-Z's "Money Ain't A Thang" Licensed for ABOUT A BOY
The song "Money Ain't A Thang" will appear in the television series About A Boy, airing on February 24th.  "Money Ain't A Thang" was a Top 20 R&B hit for Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri in 1998, and has quickly become one of the seminal works of its age.  The use in About A Boy represents one of the first mainstream uses of the song in television; previous uses centered around music-related programs, including MTV, VH-1 and HBO.   

"Fantastic Voyage" Goes Into Outerspace with BORDERLANDS THE PRE-SEQUEL
Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage (Timber Mix)" will appear in promotional trailers for the upcoming release of the next Borderlands The Pre-Sequel video game.  "Fantastic Voyage (Timber Mix)" was a #3 Pop and #12 R&B hit for Coolio in 1994, as well as hitting #2 on the Rap charts.  Since that time, "Fantastic Voyage (Timber Mix)" has appeared in Everybody Loves Raymond, Robbery: Homicide Division, The Corner, Deuce Bigalow and a Superbowl commercial for Pepsi in 2005.  With its use in Borderlands, "Fantastic Voyage (Timber Mix)" remains a standard 90's copyright that continues to find resonance in current media and technology.   

FRESH OFF THE BOAT Attracts Lastrada's AttentionFRESH OFF THE BOAT Attracts Lastrada's Attention
Fresh Off The Boat, the new hit NBC Television comedy series, has used two of Lastrada's songs from the early 90's in the show's first season on air:  "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'" and "Knockin' Da Boots".  "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'" was a top Rap hit for M.C. Breed in 1991, and "Knockin' Da Boots" was a #1 R&B hit for H-Town in 1992.  Both songs are part of Lastrada's repertoire of early 90's Rap and Hip-Hop songs that were hits of their times.  Both songs have been used in recent years:  "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'" in the movie Harsh Times and on the video game MLB 14; "Knockin' Da Boots" on American Idol and In Living Color.  The two episodes of Fresh Off The Boat both aired in January 2015.   

TOP FIVE Taps TOP FIVE Taps "Gangsta Gangsta"
Chris Rock's new movie, Top Five, is being promoted with the help of "Gangsta Gangsta", the seminal hit by N.W.A. from its game-changing 1988 mutli-'Platinum' album Straight Outta Compton.  "Gangsta Gangsta" has appeared in a number of media uses, including the HBO special Generation Kill, the mega-hit video game Grand Theft Auto, and as samples in hits by Young Jeezy, The Game, Rick Ross and 2Pac.  Top Five is scheduled for worldwide release in February 2015 and co-stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union and Cedric the Entertainer.   

2Pac's 2Pac's "California Love" Used In PARKS AND RECREATION
Parks And Recreation, the hit television series starring Amy Poehler, Dean Holland, Michael Shur and Nick Offerman, used "California Love" in its  episode entitled Save JJ's which aired on January 27, 2015.  "California Love" remains 2Pac's single-most used work spanning commercials (Budweiser Beer, Farmer John's), motion pictures (Iron Man, Battle: Los Angeles), television (South Park, Law & Order), and video games (MLB 2014).  After claiming the #1 Pop and R&B spots in 1996, "California Love" remains one of the biggest Hip-Hop hits from the 90's era.   

Kobalt Music Group Signs Lastrada for Sample AdministrationKobalt Music Group Signs Lastrada for Sample Administration
Kobalt Music Group, the world's 5th largest music publisher, has engaged Lastrada Entertainment to handle the administration of Kobalt's extensive sample and interpolation activities.  Lastrada has been at the forefront of sampling since the late 1980's, representing Sony/ATV Music Publishing, EMI Recorded Music, and a host of independent record companies and music publishers.  Currently, Lastrada also represents BMG Chrysalis Music, the world's 4th largest music publisher, as well as several European-based masters owners.  Kobalt, which previously did not have an in-house samples operation, will oversee all aspects of Lastrada's operation and thus give its clients the benefit of a new-found source of administrative services.   

Chris Brown's Chris Brown's "LOYAL" Gives Lastrada Double Pleasure To Smile About
Following up on its recent success with the international hit "Timber" by Pitbull & Kesha, Lastrada is now seeing the success of its 2nd Pop/R&B sensation with the song "Loyal" by Chris Brown which hit #4 on the Billboard R&B Charts and #9 on the Pop Charts this past Summer.  With over 185 million YouTube hits, "Loyal" is one of the top-performed songs from Lastrada's catalog and stands to give Lastrada back-to-back Broadcast Music Top Song of the Year Awards in 2013 and 2014 for the first time in Lastrada's 20 year history. 
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Mary J. Blige's Mary J. Blige's "A Night To Remember" All Over THINK LIKE A MAN TOO
This Summer's hit comedy sequel THINK LIKE A MAN TOO will feature Mary J. Blige's cover of the hit R&B song "A Night To Remember".  A Top 10 R&B hit for the Solar Records artist Shalamar in 1982, "A Night To Remember" was part of a string of successful singles for Shalamar that also included "Make That Move", "I Can Make You Feel Good" and their 1979 #1 R&B hit "Second Time Around".  Mary J. Blige's recording of "A Night To Remember" is sure to bring new recognition to the song as one of the seminal R&B hits of the early 1980's.  In addition to its two feature uses in THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, the song is being used in promotional trailers will be on the motion picture soundtrack album which exclusively features Mary J. Blige songs.   

2Pac Goes to Broadway In HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME2Pac Goes to Broadway In HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
Broadway will never be the same with the introduction of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, an R&B/Hip-Hop answer to Abba, Carole King, The Four Seasons and Lieber & Stoller, that sets its musical libretto to the works of TUPAC SHAKUR.  Lastrada has interests in 4 of the show's 18 musical numbers, including the hits "Keep Ya Head Up", "I Get Around", "If I Die 2Nite" and, of course, 2Pac's seminal hit "California Love".  HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME began its Broadway run in the first week of June 2014.  An accompanying Broadway soundtrack album is due for release shortly thereafter.  In all, this represents a challenge for the producers of the show as well as for the typical Broadway audience, which may or may not be familiar with the legendary R&B/Hip-Hop artist.   

Jim Croce's Jim Croce's "Time In A Bottle" Meets X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
In what is described as one of the great action scenes, Jim Croce's "Time In A Bottle" is used in the latest version of the X-Men motion picture series.  "Time In A Bottle" is a natural selection for the time theme prevalent in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.  "Time In A Bottle" was a #1 Pop hit for Jim Croce in 1971 and has been used in a number of motion pictures, including The Hangover Part II and Clockstoppers.  The use in X-Men will, by far, provide the greatest exposure for the hit song with box office receipts that are expected to exceed $1 billion worldwide.   

2Pac's 2Pac's "California Love" Trailer for A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
Trailers for the latest comedy sensation from Seth McFarlane, A Million Ways To Die In The West, starring McFarlane, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson, will feature 2Pac's "California Love".  "California Love", widely considered 2Pac's seminal song, was a #1 Pop/R&B hit in 1996.  Over the last 20 years, "California Love" has been used in connection with motion pictures including Marmaduke, Valentine's Day, Iron Man 2, Battle: Los Angeles, Born To Be A Star, Underclassman and Middle Men.  The song continues to be one of the most licensed songs in the Lastrada catalog across all media forms - television, commercials, video games and motion pictures.   read more ...

Pitbull's Pitbull's "Timber" Trailer for THE OTHER WOMAN
The international smash hit "Timber" by Pitbull & Kesha is part of a television promotional trailer campaign for the movie The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann, which is scheduled for release in April 2014.  "Timber" is coming off a #1 spot on the US Pop charts and has been #1 on the Rap charts for the last 11 weeks.  "Timber" has also had international acclaim with #1 or Top 10 positions in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Scandanavia, Spain, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe.   read more ...

Young Jeezy's Young Jeezy's "R.I.P." Featured in BEATS PILL Commercial
The Beats Pill television commercial for the 2013 holiday season features a Best Buy Employee Of The Month theme that includes Young Jeezy's "R.I.P."  The 6-week United States commercial began running on November 25th and will run through the end of 2013 and into the first week of January 2014.  "R.I.P.", which samples N.W.A.'s "Gangsta Gangsta", was a Top 10 Rap hit for Young Jeezy in the Summer of 2013 from his latest album It's Tha World.   read more ...

Lastrada Strikes Oil with Pitbull & Ke$ha's Lastrada Strikes Oil with Pitbull & Ke$ha's "TIMBER"
Lastrada is enjoying the incredible success of "Timber" by Pitbull & Kesha, which was #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts and was simultaneously the #1 Rap and #1 Dance song in the country after its commercial release in October 2013.  "Timber" was was the #1 downloaded song in the United States and currently has over 375 million YouTube hits.  "Timber" was honored as one of the top songs of the year by BMI in 2014 and is due for use in the forthcoming Pitch Perfect 2 movie due out in the Spring of 2015.  By virtue of its success, "Timber" is among the top Hip-Hop songs from Lastrada's catalog, joining seminal Pop/Hip-Hop hits like "California Love" by 2Pac"Miami" by Will Smith, "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio, and "Video" by India.Arie.   read more ...

Lastrada Obtains Rights in WILLIAM DeVAUGHN MastersLastrada Obtains Rights in WILLIAM DeVAUGHN Masters
Lastrada has obtained exclusive worldwide rights in the WILLIAM DeVAUGHN masters catalog, which includes the 1973 #1 R&B/#3 Pop hit "Be Thankful For What You Got", as well as the tracks "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" and "Kiss And Make Up".  Although WILLIAM DeVAUGHN's career lasted for only 1 studio album, the masters included on the early 70's Roxbury Records album, Be Thankful For What You Got, represents the classic Philadelphia sound of that era.  "Be Thankful For What You Got" has previously appeared in the motion pictures Be Cool, Radio and Bounce, the television shows Martin, Bernie Mac and Jaime Foxx, and, most recently, in Larry David's Clear History.   

UNSUNG Series Taps Lastrada CatalogUNSUNG Series Taps Lastrada Catalog
The widely popular series UNSUNG has tapped the Lastrada publishing catalog in a slew of features on groups represented by Lastrada.  To date, Lastrada has worked with the producers of UNSUNG to produce specials on Zapp ("More Bounce To The Ounce", "Dance Floor", "Computer Love"), Midnight Star ("Operator", "Midas Touch", "Freak-A-Zoid"), Shalamar ("Second Time Around", "A Night To Remember", "Make That Move"), The Whispers ("And The Beat Goes On", "It's A Love Thing", "You Are Number One") and Miki Howard ("Love Under New Management").  Future productions may focus as well on Brick ("Dazz", "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody", "Dusic"), Steve Arrington's Hall Of Fame ("Weak At The Knees", "Nobody Can Be You", "Dancin' In The Key Of Life"), and Lakeside ("Fantastic Voyage", "Your Love Is On The One", "Raid").   

Lastrada Songs Included in GRAND THEFT AUTO V Video GameLastrada Songs Included in GRAND THEFT AUTO V Video Game
Lastrada once again is part of the RockStar Games international hit video game GRAND THEFT AUTO V, which was released throughout the world in October 2013.  Within the first week of its release, the latest video game in the series registered worldwide sales of nearly 10 million units.  Songs included in the game from the Lastrada catalog included "Tonight" by Kleeer, "Gangsta Gangsta" by N.W.A., and "Heartbreaker" by Zapp.  Lastrada has now had songs included on each of the GRAND THEFT AUTO games, which have perennially been the top-selling games throughout the world in each year of their release.   

Gabriel Iglesias' STAND UP REVOLUTION will feature a version of the 1982 R&B hit song "Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)".  Gabriel Iglesias has become one of the premier comedians in the United States.  "Doo Wa Ditty" was originally recorded by Zapp and reached the Top 10 on the R&B singles charts.  The version of "Doo Wa Ditty" in connection with the STAND UP REVOLUTION show will be performed by Ozmati.   

ING BANK Commercial Based on Tavares' ING BANK Commercial Based on Tavares' "A Penny For Your Thoughts"
"A Penny For Your Thoughts", the 1982 #16 R&B hit for Tavares penned by Kenny Nolan, is featured in a new European-wide commercial for ING Bank mobile banking services.  Although "A Penny For Your Thoughts" is not the most recognized of Tavares' string of hits, the single has received a fair share of acclaim including sample uses by Usher and Wyclef Jean.  The ING Bank commercial, which initially aired in the Summer of 2012, has received significant attention for its widespread use of downloads and apps to promote the bank's mobile banking services.   read more ...

CLEAR HISTORY Includes William DeVaughn's CLEAR HISTORY Includes William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful For What You Got"
Clear History, the new HBO television series created by Larry David and starring Jonathan Hamm, will feature the use of William DeVaughn's 1973 #1 R&B/#3 Pop hit "Be Thankful For What You Got" in its first episode.  "Be Thankful For What You Got" has been previously tapped by a number of well known television shows and movies, including Radio, The Wire, La Mission, Martin and The Bernie Mac Show.  The use in Clear History will also feature a television soundtrack album, including hits by Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Doobie Brothers and The Allman Brothers as well as "Be Thankful For What You Got".   read more ...

Jodeci's Jodeci's "Feenin'" Used in NEW GIRL Episode
Jodeci's Top 20 R&B single "Feenin'" appears in an episode of the hit Fox Television series New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, which aired on January 29, 2013.  "Feenin'" was originally included on the 1994 album Diary Of A Mad Band and was sampled by Lil' Wayne in the song "Leather So Soft".  The use of "Feenin'" in New Girl precedes an additional use in the forthcoming motion picture Baggage Claim, which is scheduled for release on 20th Century Fox Pictures in the Fall of 2013.   read more ...

The hit HBO documentary Beyonce Life Is But A Dream, which aired in April 2013, includes the use of Jay-Z's song "Intro" from his 2000 studio album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia.  "Intro" itself contains a sample of Kleeer's 1982 song "She Said She Loves Me" written by the late Woody Cunningham.  The documentary on Beyonce has been critically acclaimed for its in-depth look at Beyonce and her status as the queen of Pop music today.   read more ...

Klymaxx's Klymaxx's "Meeting In The Ladies Room" appears on MIKE & MOLLY
"Meeting In The Ladies Room", the 1987 #4 hit by Klymaxx appears in an episode of the hit CBS Television comedy series Mike & Molly, which stars Melissa McCarthy and Bill Gardell.  "Meeting In The Ladies Room" has previously been featured in several comedy and reality show series, including Family Matters and, most recently, RuPaul's Drag Race.  The use in Mike & Molly continues the crossover value that Lastrada's R&B catalog has in pop television.   read more ...

Jim Croce's Jim Croce's "I Got A Name" featured in DJANGO UNCHAINED
The new hit Quentin Tarrantino movie Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DeCaprio, Jaime Foxx and Samuel Jackson, features a clip of Jim Croce's Top 10 Pop hit "I Got A Name".  This is the second significant motion picture use of "I Got A Name", which was used in the film The Ice Storm, but comes on the heels of a significant commercial use of "I Got A Name" for Re/Max real estate.  "I Got A Name" is the only non-Jim Croce penned hit from the legendary 70's artist's career, which also included "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "Time In A Bottle", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song".   read more ...

Brick's Brick's "Dazz" Used In Season Ending TRUE BLOOD Episode
Brick's 1976 #1 Pop/Disco hit "Dazz" was used in the season-ending episode of the hit HBO series TRUE BLOOD, which aired on August 26, 2012.  "Dazz" has also been featured in television shows including Everybody Hates Chris and Swingtown, as well as in motion pictures Starsky & Hutch and Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, and a 2010 commercial for Chik-Fil-A restaurants.  The featured use of "Dazz" in TRUE BLOOD rounds out the licensing of Lastrada's music in most of the hit HBO series, including Big Love ("Knock Three Times"), The Sopranos ("Dazz"), Entourage ("Luchini" & "Put It In Your Mouth"), The Newsroom ("Video"), The Corner ("Fantastic Voyage" & "Pistolgrip Pump"), Sex & The City ("Love Will Keep Us Together"), and The Wire ("Up, Up And Away" "Be Thankful For What You Got").   read more ...

HBO Series NEWSROOM includes India.Arie's HBO Series NEWSROOM includes India.Arie's "Video"
The much anticipated new HBO Television series The Newsroom, which had its initial airing on June 24th, will include the song "Video" in its third episode scheduled to air on July 8th.  "Video", the Top 10 R&B hit by India Arie from 2003, was a Grammy-nominated single from the artist's debut album Acoustic Soul"Video" has appeared in a number of other television series, including Citizen Baines, The Gilmore Girls and Proud FamilyThe Newsroom, which stars Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston, is the latest cable series from HBO, which has dominated cable series with successes like Sex & The City, The Corner, Oz, Game Of Thrones, True Blood, The Sopranos and Girls.    read more ...

BMG Music Publishing Acquires Joint Interest in Lastrada CatalogBMG Music Publishing Acquires Joint Interest in Lastrada Catalog
BMG Music Publishing, the world's 4th largest music publisher, has acquired an interest in the music catalogs jointly owned by Lastrada Entertainment, including the Lefrak and Solar publishing catalogs and the LMR Records masters catalog.  BMG Music's purchase of the catalog interests formerly controlled by R2M Music blend BMG Music's and Lastrada's talents to oversee the 6,500 songs and 500 masters now jointly owned by the two companies, including the #1 hits "California Love", "I Want To Be Your Man", "Fantastic Voyage""Love Will Keep Us Together", "Knock Three Times", "Laughter In The Rain", "And The Beat Goes On", "Dazz", "Second Time Around", "Because I Love You", "Be Thankful For What You Got", "I Feel Good All Over""Dance Floor""Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "Poor Side Of Town""Time In A Bottle", "Candida" and "Rock Steady", as well as the seminal hits "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "Up Up And Away", "I Wanna Be Rich", "More Bounce To The Ounce", "As We Lay", "It's A Love Thing", "I Believe In You And Me", "Computer Love" and "So Ruff, So Tuff".   read more ...

SVEDKA VODKA Commercial uses Midnight Star's SVEDKA VODKA Commercial uses Midnight Star's "Freak-A-Zoid"
Marques Spirits has selected the 1983 R&B hit "Freak-A-Zoid" by Midnight Star as the theme for their new national television advertising campaign for its Svedka Vodka brand, which is scheduled to commence in April 2012.  "Freak-A-Zoid" was a Top 5 R&B hit for Midnight Star and is part of the growing number of R&B hits from the Lastrada catalog that have been tapped for national commercials, including recent uses of "Dazz" (Brick), "Fantastic Voyage" (Lakeside), "It's A Love Thing"(Shalamar), "And The Beat Goes On" (The Whispers) and "I Wanna Be Rich" (Calloway).   read more ...

"I Got A Name" by Jim Croce in RE/MAX Television Commercial
Jim Croce's 1971 Top 10 recording "I Got A Name" is part of a 2012 national television advertising campaign for the realty company Re/max, the conglomerate realtor company.  "I Got A Name" is one of the seminal hits from Jim Croce's recording career, which also included the hits "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "Time In A Bottle" and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim".  "I Got A Name" has been used in a number of recent motion pictures including The Ice Storm and Invincible.  However, this is the first major commercial use of "I Got A Name" in the 40-year history of the song.   read more ...

Jennifer Hudson Cover of Jennifer Hudson Cover of "I Believe In You And Me" for WEIGHT WATCHERS National Commercial
Jennifer Hudson, the American Idol pop star, actress and television spokeswoman for Weight Watchers, will be part of a new commercial television campaign that features her cover of the hit "I Believe In You And Me".  "I Believe In You And Me" was originally recorded by The Four Tops in the early 1980s, and was reintroduced to the world music scene when it was covered by Whitney Houston in conjunction with the motion picture remake of The Preacher's Wife.  Jennifer Hudson's version of "I Believe In You And Me" will be part of Weight Watchers' Holiday campaign due to air in 2012.   read more ...

SUZE ORMAN's MONEY CLASS Theme Song Is Calloway's SUZE ORMAN's MONEY CLASS Theme Song Is Calloway's "I Wanna Be Rich"
"I Wanna Be Rich", the 1989 #2 Pop hit by Calloway, will be the theme music for Suze Orman's new show Money Class, which is set to air in January 2012.  "I Wanna Be Rich" has been linked to various financial-related promotions, including a recent use for the State of Georgia lottery.  The use in connection with the Suze Orman show represents the most nationally-publicized use of "I Wanna Be Rich", which will be played as the opening theme and over the end credits during the entire 1st season of the Money Class series.   read more ...

Jim Croce's Jim Croce's "Time In A Bottle" Trailer in THE HANGOVER PART II
Jim Croce's 1971 #1 Pop hit "Time In A Bottle" is part of The Hangover Part II craze with an in-context use of the song in the film as well as an acclaimed trailer featuring the stars of the sequel movie.  "Time In A Bottle" has been associated with a number of movies, television shows and commercial related products, including The West Wing, Nip/Tuck, Kroger's markets and HyVee stores.   read more ...

2Pac's 2Pac's "California Love" Tapped for FARMER JOHN Commercial
"CALIFORNIA LOVE", the hit smash by 2Pac & Dr. Dre, was licensed for use in a commercial for FARMER JOHN stores in the Los Angeles, California market.  "CALIFORNIA LOVE" has used in a slew of recent motion pictures, including VALENTINE'S DAY, MARMADUKE, IRON MAN 2 and BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, and in a number of television shows geared to a California-theme, including LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES.   read more ...

Lastrada Inks Deal with Demon Records UK for Foreign Master LicensingLastrada Inks Deal with Demon Records UK for Foreign Master Licensing
Lastrada and Demon Records, the largest independent distributor of master recordings in the United Kingdom, completed a 3-year deal whereby Demon Records will distribute Lastrada's masters catalog, including the complete works of JIM CROCE ("Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "Time In A Bottle", "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song"), as well as recordings by STEVIE B and DUKE ELLINGTON.  Demon Records, an arm of the BBC, will oversee all aspects of distribution of the Lastrada masters outside of the United States and Canada, including digital releases, synchronization uses and regular retail sales.   read more ...

Brick's Brick's "Dazz" Featured in Television Commercial for CHICK-FIL-A Restaurants
The 1976 #1 R&B hit single "DAZZ" by Brick appears in the latest national television commercial for CHICK-FIL-A fast food restaurants.  "DAZZ" has been featured in motion pictures including Starsky & Hutch, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman and Love Jones, as well as in the television series The Sopranos, Everybody Hates Chris, True Blood and Swingtown.   read more ...