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December 20, 2005

DANKO JONES TAPPED FOR NICKELBACK TOUR; NEW ALBUM “SLEEP IS THE ENEMY” SET FOR MAY, 2006 RELEASE

(New York, NY) – Powerhouse rock trio and Razor & Tie recording artists Danko Jones have been tapped to support Nickelback on their upcoming Canadian tour. The tour kicks off at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia on January 17th, 2006. The hard-working, charismatic Canadian band has been on tour criss-crossing the United States, Europe and Canada since the American release of their album, WE SWEAT BLOOD in April of this year.

In between global tour dates, the band managed to find time to record new songs; Danko Jones’ highly-anticipated new album, SLEEP IS THE ENEMY, is now slated for a May, 2006 release in the United States. The first single from the album will be “First Date”. The band will shoot the corresponding video in their native Canada in February of next year.

Of their most recent album (WE SWEAT BLOOD), Maxim stated, “Go to the store. Buy this record…It’s bone-crushing riffs, arena-ready drumbeats, and catchy choruses will instantly transform you”, while Spin declared the album to contain, “Big-riffing, Aerosmith-quoting stalker anthems”. NME asserted that Danko Jones “might just be the best band in the world”.

Danko Jones is Danko Jones (vocals, guitars), John “JC” Calabrese (bass) and Dan Cornelious (drums).


Danko Jones tour dates in support of Nickelback:

January
17 Prince George, BC CN Centre
19 Kelwona, BC Prospera Place
20 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
22 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
23 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
24 Lethbridge, AB Enmax Centre
26 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
27 Regina, SK Brandt Center/ Regina Exhibition Park
28 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

February
15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
17 Montreal, PQ Quebec Centre
18 Ottawa, ON Corel Centre

December 19, 2005

RECORD-SETTING KIDZ BOP® 8 IS CERTIFIED GOLD; KIDZ BOP KIDS™ NAMED #1 CHILDREN’S MUSIC ARTIST FOR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW

(New York, NY) – Razor & Tie attains yet another sales milestone with the gold certification of KIDZ BOP 8; shipments of the album have now exceeded 500,000 units. Released just four months ago, the latest volume in the best-selling children’s music series is now the seventh KIDZ BOP title to achieve gold status. The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, making it the highest charting non-soundtrack children’s release in the history of Billboard.

The KIDZ BOP franchise made chart history last month when for the first time ever, three albums from the same series filled the Top Three spots on the Billboard Children’s chart (KIDZ BOP 8 and the two KIDZ BOP Christmas CDs). In their year-end coverage, Billboard has named the KIDZ BOP KIDZ™ #1 Children’s Music Artist for the fourth year in a row. Since their introduction in 2001, KIDZ BOP titles have sold over 5 and a half million copies.

In other news, the KIDZ BOP brand continues to expand its popularity and is now an undeniable presence in the world of toys. Fisher-Price’s Star Station™ which features KIDZ BOP music has been declared one of the “12 Toys of Christmas” by Wal-mart and has been selling out all across the country. It is also a nominee for the Toy Industry Association’s 2006 Preschool Toy Of The Year Award.

December 09, 2005

CHILDREN’S MUSIC MAINSTAY TOM CHAPIN RECEIVES GRAMMY NOMINATION; RAZOR & TIE DISTRIBUTED LABEL SH-K-BOOM/GHOSTLIGHT NABS THREE

(New York, NY) – In yesterday morning’s announcement ceremony for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, Tom Chapin was recognized in the category of Best Musical Album for Children category for his latest Razor & Tie release Some Assembly Required. This marks Chapin’s fifth nomination in this category.

Tom Chapin’s career spans thirty years and has produced eighteen 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. Chapin 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.)

In addition, Razor & Tie distributed label Sh-k-boom/Ghostlight picks up an unprecedented three out of five nominations in the Best Musical Album category, for Hair, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Sh-k-boom/Ghostlight Records has become one of the foremost labels for musical theater albums, having been nominated for 55 industry nominations, including 18 Tony Award nominations. Their catalogue includes many of the top shows on Broadway along with solo recordings of top Broadway performers Adam Pascal, Christine Ebersole, and Patti LuPone.