- Stadium Entertainment Corp. has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with EMI's Music Services unit. The first project under the pact will be the March release, "True to the Game, Volume 1." The 14-track album pairs well-known artists with emerging artists. The lineup includes Kanye West and his protégé GLC on current single "Big Screen" and Macy Gray and former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosious on new radio track "Still Hurts." A percentage of the album's sale proceeds will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (billboard.biz, August 22, 2008). "True to the Game, Volume 2" is slated for 2010.

- Slip-N-Slide Records founder/CEO Ted Lucas will receive the Tom Dowd Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Bar Association on March 13. The luncheon/award ceremony will be held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Lucas joins such previous Dowd honorees as former BMI president Frances Preston, singer Barry Gibb and film director Arthur

- MIMS returns April 7 with sophomore set "Guilt." The American King Music/Capitol Records release features digital kickoff single "Move (If You Wanna" which sits at No. 71 on the Hot 100 this week (Feb. 28) and peaked a week ago at No. 69. A viral video for another album track, "One Day" featuring Ky-Mani Marley, is coming soon. Producers on the album include Da Internz, Jim Jonsin and Blackout Movement. MIMS (born Shawn Mims) rocketed to platinum status with his first album, 2007's "Music is My Savior," which moved 308,000 per Nielsen SoundScan and spun off the No. 1 Hot 100 hit, "This Is Why I'm Hot," (digital song) which sold 1.51 million.