SOURCE: Tagged

April 28, 2010 15:00 ET

Distant Relatives Duo Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Team With for the Exclusive Worldwide Release of New Track "Friends" Offers Exclusive First Stream of a Track Off the Forthcoming 'Distant Relatives' Album, by Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Which Is Set to Drop May 18

LOS ANGELES, CA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) -  Nas and Damian Marley, who have joined forces as Distant Relatives, have now partnered with for the worldwide premiere of "Friends," the latest single from their highly anticipated new album. Starting today, Tagged members will be greeted with an exclusive invite to listen to the track on Distant Relatives' official Tagged profile at

"Tagged is all about making new friends, so premiering 'Friends' from Distant Relatives on was a natural fit," said Greg Tseng, CEO and Co-founder of Tagged. "This amazing effort from Damian and Nas is sure to appeal to millions of our members."

Developed jointly with independent interactive technology firm Sparkart Group, Inc., the online premiere of Distant Relatives' new single represents's first of many music premieres. In addition to the track premiere will offer exclusive video content, including a special video message from Nas and Damian Marley for Tagged's members.

Distant Relatives represents the creative and conceptual collaboration of legends from the world of hip hop and reggae -- Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. Distant Relatives refers to the bond between the artists, as well as a connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically. The highly anticipated Distant Relatives album is set to drop on May 18, 2010. Visit to view tour dates and listen to three previously released songs, "As We Enter," "Strong Will Continue," and "Land Of Promise" (featuring Dennis Brown).

"Damian and I made this album for the world to listen to and I believe will help make that happen," said Nas.

About Distant Relatives:
"Distant Relatives" is an album created by two great artists to explore and celebrate the correlations and deep-rooted connections between reggae and hip-hop, tracing both sounds back to the African motherland that is both the cradle of humanity and the wellspring of mankind's music. Unlike all previous collaborations between Jamaican and American artists, "Distant Relatives" is neither a remix nor a featured guest spot on a single track but a fully collaborative effort filling an entire album, opening new avenues of musical expression. For performance dates and more information about the album, project, and tour, please go to

About Sparkart Group, Inc.:
Founded in 1999 and based near Silicon Valley in Oakland, California, Sparkart is the leading independent interactive technology firm that helps music artists and entertainment brands promote awareness, manage and create revenue streams, and design and produce Web sites. The company's clients include Bon Jovi, Evanescence, Janet Jackson, The Killers, Metropark, O.A.R., Ultimate Fighting Championship, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Wolfmother, among many others. Sparkart's music clients alone have sold nearly half a billion records. For additional information, please visit

Tagged is a social network focused on social discovery. While other social networks leverage existing friendships, Tagged is a place to meet new people. The site enables its members to play popular online social games, build and customize profiles, give and receive gifts, meet other members with similar interests and more. Tagged has over 80 million registered users worldwide, and a daily audience of over 4 million unique visitors. More information is available at

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