SOURCE: Virgin Records

April 12, 2006 10:35 ET

Dem Franchize Boyz and Korn Combine Two Monster Hits in Tag-Team Mash-Up

DFB's "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" and Korn's "Coming Undone" Add Up in an Unstoppable Power Move

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2006 -- Two of the year's biggest multi-format hit songs are about to morph into something newer, bigger and even more out of control, as two Virgin labelmates, the definitive trend-setting, Grammy-winning modern rock icons KORN, and the definitive kings of Southern "snap" hip-hop, DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ, mash up their current singles in a mid-week studio session.

The bands are to meet on Wednesday, April 12, in Los Angeles, to create a new mash-up version of the No. 1 Urban and Top 10 pop DFB single "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It," with "Coming Undone," the second single from Korn's platinum-plus Virgin Records debut, "SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE."

Both tracks arrive at the studio with major momentum behind them. DFB's So So Def/Virgin debut album, "ON TOP OF OUR GAME," is newly certified gold, and "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" has maintained its No. 1 status in the Rhythmic Hit airplay format since reaching the top spot last month. It is also the fourth-most played in the Urban format for the year so far. Combined with the album's first single, "I Think They Like Me," DFB's singles have sold an amazing 2 million mobile ring tunes -- a million of them in just a six-week period. "Coming Undone" has this week entered the Top Ten in the Active Rock airplay format. Korn's first Virgin single, "Twisted Transistor," is among 2006's top 5 Active Rock songs so far in 2006.

The video for "Twisted Transistor" had already been a top-level meeting of rock and hip-hop minds, starring Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon, David Banner and Xibit in the visual roles of Korn members Munky, Jonathan Davis, David Silveria and Fieldy, respectively. Korn was co-produced by Lil Jon in their cover of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."

The history of hip-hop has been dotted with creative and monstrously successful collaborations between rap and rock acts all the way back to rap's old-school period, beginning with pioneers Run-DMC, who had a worldwide Top Ten single and a groundbreaking video classic in their cover and collaboration with Aerosmith in "Walk This Way." Also, Public Enemy recorded and toured with Anthrax at the height of their career, forging a further bond between rap and rock and roll. And the late-2004 pairing of Jay-Z and Linkin Park in the mash-up EP "Collision Course" entered the album chart at No. 1.

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