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July 19, 2005

FIRST-EVER VIDEO FROM HUGELY SUCCESSFUL KIDZ BOP SERIES, "SINCE U BEEN GONE", TO DEBUT EXCLUSIVELY ON YAHOOLIGANS! TODAY

On July 19th, the first-ever video from the Kidz Bop series, “Since U Been Gone”, will debut on the homepage of Yahooligans and will run there exclusively for two weeks. Yahooligans! is Yahoo!’s web guide for children. This video will be included on the forthcoming Kidz Bop DVD: Kidz Bop: The Videos, due in stores on November 1st, 2005. On August 2nd, Razor & Tie Entertainment will release Kidz Bop 8, the latest volume from the best-selling children’s music series.

Yerba Buena on Late Night With Conan O'Brien

Yerba Buena will be performing on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on Wednesday, July 20th. "Late Night" airs from 12:35am - 1:35am on NBC.

RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS GRAMMY-WINNING CHILDREN’S MUSIC STAR TOM CHAPIN, “Some Assembly Required” to be released September 27, 2005

Razor & Tie Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of one of America’s favorite family entertainers, Tom Chapin to a recording contract. Chapin’s debut R&T release will be a children’s album entitled Some Assembly Required (in stores September 27, 2005), 15 new songs written and produced by Tom and his longtime collaborators John Forster, Michael Mark and Jon Cobert. The new CD features acoustic instrumental whizzes Eric Weissberg (of “Dueling Banjos” fame), Joanie Madden (Cherish The Ladies), Larry Campbell (longtime Bob Dylan bandmate), as well as a vocal duets with special guests Vanessa Williams, Dan Zanes and Laurie Berkner, respectively.

Chapin’s career spans thirty years and has produced seventeen recordings. In addition to his seven contemporary folk albums, Chapin has gained widespread critical and popular acclaim for his recordings aimed at children and their families. He has received four Grammy nominations for Best Musical Album for Children. Parents Magazine has said of the entertainer: “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin…the Pied Piper of children’s music.” Chapin is also well-known as a narrator of children’s books on tape and has won three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album For Children (2001’s Mama Don’t Allow, 2002’s There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly and 2004’s The Train They Call The City Of New Orleans.)

Razor & Tie co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam commented, “It is an honor to welcome Tom to Razor & Tie. Our label is committed to kid-friendly records that families can enjoy together, and Tom Chapin exemplifies this kind of entertainment.” Chapin joins Razor & Tie’s burgeoning kids’ division which includes the best-selling Kidz Bop series, the current #1 kids album Worship Jamz and rising artist Laurie Berkner.

Tom Chapin’s diverse career turns include a stint as the lead in the Broadway musical “Pump Boys And Dinettes”, a role on television as the host on ABC’s “Make A Wish” and most recently a cameo in Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Razor & Tie Entertainment is home to the best known brand in children’s music, Kidz Bop, the best-selling children’s music series. Kidz Bop has been #1 on the Billboard Year End Kid Audio chart in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Since their introduction in 2001, Kidz Bop titles have sold over 4.5 million copies with five gold albums to date. The most recent release, Kidz Bop 7, made an astounding debut at #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart making it the highest charting non-soundtrack children’s release in the history of the Billboard charts.

July 11, 2005

Razor & Tie Entertainment Announces Two Billboard Top 200 Chart Debuts

Razor & Tie Entertainment is pleased to announce that two titles have debuted in this week’s Billboard Top 200 chart; Slow Motion, which came in at #37, and Worship Jamz, which charted at #146. This brought the label’s market share to an impressive 1.5% for the week.

Released on June 28th, Slow Motion is a compilation of seventeen Gold- and Platinum-certified singles by R&B artists like Toni Braxton, Brian McKnight, Brandy and Boyz II Men– a romantic, moody collection of today’s top R&B hits.

Worship Jamz features 18 fresh versions of high energy praise and worship songs updated with contemporary arrangements. The track listing includes “Every Move I Make,” “I Could Sing Your Love Forever,” “I Can Only Imagine,” and “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble”, which have all ranked among the Top 25 compositions sung at churches across America in the past year according to the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) chart. Also released on June 28th, Worship Jamz debuted at #1 on the Christian Children’s chart (with an impressive 5000 piece advantage over the #2 title), #2 on the Billboard Children’s Audio chart and is the #1 children’s album on iTunes. The album would have been the #3 best-seller on the Current Contemporary Christian chart policy excludes children’s releases.

July 08, 2005

IRISH TENORS RETURN WITH A NEW ALBUM & TOUR

On September 13, 2005 Razor & Tie will release Sacred, the latest effort from the world-renowned The Irish Tenors (Anthony Kearns, John McDermott and Finbar Wright). Sacred follows the critically acclaimed 2004 release, Heritage, an album that dominated Billboard’s 2004 Classical and World charts, and that the publication called, “breathtaking.”

Sacred also marks John McDermott’s first recording with the group since rejoining fellow original member Anthony Kearns and Finbar Wright (who actually replaced McDermott in 2000). With the return of McDermott, The Irish Tenors live up to their reputation as “gifted interpreters” with this new CD, covering a wide range of spiritual material including such inspirational songs as “Amazing Grace,” Lord of the Dance,” the Stevie Wonder-penned “My Love,” the Gospel standard “If I Can Help Somebody,” which was popularized by Mahalia Jackson, and the Cat Stevens classic “Morning Has Broken.” Sacred was produced by The Irish Tenors’ long-time musical director, Arnie Roth, who has also worked with Charlotte Church, Diana Ross and Art Garfunkel. The album was recorded in Prague at the Rudolfinum and ICN Studios.

The release of Sacred will be followed up with tour dates throughout the United States and Canada. For fans who can’t catch Kearns, McDermott and Wright in person, The Irish Tenors – true to their roots and original rise in popularity - have recorded a television special to air on PBS stations across the country in December and early 2006. The 2-hour special was filmed at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee in May 2005 in conjunction with WTTW, Chicago’s PBS affiliate TV station, and features the Tenors with the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra conducted by Roth.

With over two million albums sold worldwide and having appeared on several incredibly successful and highly rated PBS specials (Ellis Island, Live from Belfast) as well as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Regis and Kelly and A&E Breakfast with the Arts, The Irish Tenors have become one of the best known vocal groups in the world. The group’s near constant touring schedule has made them one of the most successful Irish touring groups in the US, second only to U2. They are also one of the best selling acts to appear on QVC.