TWEC.COM Backstage for Live Chats with Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artists
ALBANY, N.Y., April 4 /PRNewswire/ — TWEC.COM (http://www.twec.com), the
e-commerce site of leading entertainment products retailer Trans World
Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC), today announced that it will be the
exclusive music retail sponsor of the Online Hip-Hop Awards 2000
(http://www.onlinehiphopawards.com). TWEC.COM will stream a live webcast of
the April 12 event to its e-commerce site, as well as host live chats
backstage with celebrity guests. In addition, TWEC.COM will conduct exclusive
interviews backstage with Online Hip-Hop Award winners for broadcast on the
site at a later date.
The Online Hip-Hop Awards 2000 will honor the best of hip-hop music and
Web sites in 1999 in 15 categories and feature a star-studded line-up of
artists including Cypress Hill, Redman, Method Man, Goodie Mob and Outsidaz.
Established in 1997 by SOHH.com, the web’s umbrella community for hip-hop
culture and urban lifestyle, the Online Hip-Hop Awards is a “people’s choice”
awards ceremony, with fans choosing nominees (and ultimately winners) in each
“Our sponsorship of the Online Hip-Hop Awards reinforces our commitment to
urban music fans,” said Michael Madden, President/COO of Trans World
Entertainment. “Not only will fans be able to watch the live event on our
site, but they will also be able to chat with winners minutes after they have
“By teaming up with TWEC.COM to host a live web cast of the Awards, we are
better able to provide hip-hop fans behind-the-scenes information about their
favorite stars,” said Felicia Palmer, SOHH.com founder and executive producer
of the Online Hip-Hop Awards 2000.
In addition to the vast coverage of the Online Hip-Hop Awards on TWEC.COM
(http://www.twec.com), SOHH.com (http://www.sohh.com) and the official Online
Hip-Hop Awards web site (http://www.onlinehiphopawards.com), the Awards have
also been publicized through extensive signage in Trans World Entertainment’s
retail stores across the country, as per the agreement. Proceeds raised from
the ticket sales of the Awards show will benefit M.O.U.S.E. (Making
Opportunities to Upgrade Schools and Education), a New York non-profit
organization that wires inner city schools to the Internet.
Every week, TWEC.COM and SOHH.com team-up to host live chats with
world-renowned hip-hop, R&B and rap artists such as Beanie Sigel, Ice-T,
Raekwon, Dr. Dre, Goodie Mob and Drag-On.
About Trans World Entertainment
Trans World Entertainment is the leading music retailer in the United
States. The Company operates retail stores in 44 states, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as an e-commerce site, http://www.twec.com.
Mall locations include Camelot Music, Record Town, The Wall and F.Y.E.
Freestanding locations include Coconuts Music and Movies, Strawberries Music,
Spec’s and Planet Music.
About The Web’s Entertainment Center (TWEC.COM)
TWEC.COM is the online hub for Trans World Entertainment’s retail stores.
With worldwide distribution spanning 16 countries in addition to the United
States, the site features all of the music CDs and cassettes, video games, DVD
and VHS (PAL and NTSC) home videos that are available at its retail stores,
and more. TWEC.COM is home to Trans World’s “On Stage” series, featuring live
concerts, online chats, in-store artist appearance schedules, in-studio
performances and entertainment media that is on-demand.
The OHHA started in 1997 as a grassroots effort by SOHH.com, the umbrella
community for online Hip-Hop culture, to recognize the efforts of Web masters
and Hip-Hop fans that were trailblazing Hip-Hop culture on the Internet. The
first Awards was a simple voting form on SOHH.com that listed Web site
nominees and later listed the winners. The second Awards, in 1998, was a
voting form as well, but culminated with a live announcement of the winners
over the Internet during a special show on 88HIPHOP.com. By 1999, the Awards
grew tremendously to consist of over 55 Web sites participating including
major sites such as TheSource.com, Blaze.com, Vibe.com and Loud.com, with over
500,000 votes cast. The six weeks of voting culminated with a live Web cast
from Tramps in NYC, featuring 20 acts including Naughty By Nature, Canibus,
Grandmaster Flash and more.
Certain statements in this report set forth management’s intentions,
plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current
facts and analyses. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated
in such statements. Additional information on factors that may affect the
business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the
Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CONTACT: Michael Madden, President/COO of Trans World Entertainment
Corporation, 518-452-1248, ext. 7077; or Susan Boyle, 201-964-2392,
, or Laurie Terry Fern, 201-964-2409, , both of
the MWW Group, for Trans World Entertainment Corporation/