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March 30, 2006

LAURIE BERKNER'S FIRST DVD CERTIFIED PLATINUM; "WE ARE...THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND" CONTINUES TO TOP BILLBOARD MUSIC VIDEO DVD CHART SINCE RELEASE

(New York, NY)- Laurie Berkner's first ever DVD, "We Are...The Laurie Berkner Band" (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Hear Music) has been certified platinum, with shipments exceeding 100,000 units. The DVD continues to top the Billboard Music Video DVD chart, holding the #1 spot for six straight weeks since its release. This week's sales are up by 17%. The DVD marks the first time Starbucks Hear Music has promoted a family entertainment title. A collection of 11 new music videos, "We are...The Laurie Berkner Band" is packaged with a bonus CD of five songs (including a brand-new track, her first on CD since 2002).

Berkner has been at the forefront of the recent explosion in children's music and has cemented her position as the #1 children's music artist in the United States. Over the past several years, Laurie's intelligent yet accessible songwriting, warm, captivating vocals and infectious melodies have garnered regular appearances on Noggin on Jack's Big Music Show, a national touring base, rave reviews from the press, appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and huge CD sales on her home-grown label Two Tomatoes Records, which is distributed by Razor & Tie.

March 28, 2006

DANKO JONES' "BABY HATES ME" TO BE FEATURED IN WWE'S WRESTLEMANIA 22; NEW ALBUM "SLEEP IS THE ENEMY" DUE OUT MAY 23RD

(New York, NY)- "Baby Hates Me", the supercharged track from powerhouse rock trio Danko Jones' new album, SLEEP IS THE ENEMY, will be featured in the opening sequence of the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.'s (WWE) huge pay-per-view event WrestleMania 22. On Sunday, April 2nd, WWE will present WrestleMania 22 at Rosemont's Allstate Arena in Chicago before a capacity crowd of more than 15,000 people from 16 countries and 43 states. WrestleMania 22 also can be purchased on pay-per-view through local cable affiliates or satellite providers, and will be seen in more than 90 countries. "Baby Hates Me" is also featured on the WWE's website (www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/).

SLEEP IS THE ENEMY has received rave reviews in Europe, where it has currently charted in eight countries, and the band's native Canada, where the album was released on February 21st. Chart Magazine declared, "If simplicity is an art, Danko Jones are Rembrandt", while The Canadian Press referred to the album as containing "loud, rambunctious riffs, catchy hooks, and a sexy, irreverent, cut-loose attitude". Due out in the United States on May 23rd, early indications prove that the American press seems to agree with its northern neighbors' take on the new album. Outburn stated, "On SLEEP IS THE ENEMY, this Canadian trio hits a grand slam home run with an album chock full of infectious melodies and arena sized rhythms". U.S. tour dates will be announced shortly.

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

March 20, 2006

LAURIE BERKNER'S FIRST DVD TOPS BILLBOARD MUSIC VIDEO DVD CHART FOUR WEEKS IN A ROW

(New York, NY) Solidifying her position as the top children's music artist in the United States, Laurie Berkner has been riding high with her first ever DVD, "We are...The Laurie Berkner Band" (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Hear Music). The DVD has been #1 on Billboard's Music Video DVD chart for the past four weeks since its release. The DVD marks the first time Starbucks Hear Music has promoted a family entertainment title. A collection of 11 new music videos, "We are...The Laurie Berkner Band" is packaged with a bonus CD of five songs (including a brand-new track, her first on CD since 2002).

Laurie's new DVD has received raves from the press. The Wall Street Journal referred to her music as "distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups", while Time Out New York Kids stated that the DVD conveys "a friendly aura that's both intoxicating to toddlers and reassuring to their vigilant, media-jittery parents." Parenting dubbed Laurie "the Pied Piper of Preschool". Berkner and her band recently performed on The Today Show.

Laurie Berkner turned her experience as a preschool music specialist by day and rock singer by night into a career as one of the biggest names in music for families. Over the past several years, Laurie's intelligent yet accessible songwriting, warm, captivating vocals and infectious melodies have garnered regular appearances on Noggin, a national touring base and huge CD sales on her home-grown label Two Tomatoes Records, which is distributed by Razor & Tie.

March 09, 2006

RAZOR & TIE PICKS UP DION'S ACCLAIMED BRONX IN BLUE ALBUM

(New York, NY) Razor & Tie will nationally release BRONX IN BLUE, the critically acclaimed album from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dion DiMucci. The album, which Rolling Stone called "stunning", was originally released digitally by The Orchard with a limited retail distribution.

BRONX IN BLUE is a 14-track all-acoustic blues collection that highlights the music that first inspired Dion as a child growing up in the Bronx. With songs by Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins and Jimmy Reed, the collection is a soulful tour de force for Dion, not only in his familiar role as a magnificently interpretive vocalist but also as a brilliantly innovative guitarist. "If You Wanna Rock & Roll", a new Dion original, is written in the spirit of the blues classics that are heard in BRONX IN BLUE.

The album has been in the Top Ten of Billboard's Blues Chart since its release and continues as a strong seller within that category. Since its initial release, BRONX IN BLUE has reaped high critical praise; Rolling Stone's David Wild wrote "At age sixty-six, Dion has made a moving, graceful piece of work and proved that the Bronx actually is part of the country." Jon Pareles reviewed the album for The New York Times concluding, "He sings like someone whose demons are in the past but still not forgotten." Entertainment Weekly's review compared the album to the Rick Rubin-produced Johnny Cash album suggesting, "Jack White will be lucky to sound this good at 66." Don McCleese, in No Depression, sums up BRONX IN BLUE thusly: "It all sounds like Dion. It all sounds great."

Richard Gottehrer, founder of The Orchard (and co-executive producer of the album), suggested that Dion record the album that would become BRONX IN BLUE after hearing the artist interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air in 2003. Dion sequestered himself in a Florida studio last year with percussionist Bob Guertin. He masterfully accompanied himself on one of two guitars - a Taylor or Martin - with the self-produced BRONX IN BLUE the result of those sessions.

BRONX IN BLUE track listing, songwriter(s) in parenthesis:

1. Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson)
2. You're the One (J.A. Lane a/k/a Jimmy Rogers)
3. I Let My Baby Do That (Hattie Hart - Dion DiMucci)
4. Who Do You Love (Elias McDaniel a/k/a Bo Diddley)
5. Built for Comfort (Willie Dixon)
6. Crossroads (Robert Johnson)
7. Travelin' Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson)
8. You Better Watch Yourself (Sam "Lightnin' Hopkins)
9. How Many More Years (Chester Burnett a/k/a Howlin' Wolf)
10. Terraplane Blues (Robert Johnson)
11. Honky Tonk Blues (Hank Williams)
12. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Jimmy Reed)
13. Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell)
14. If You Wanna Rock & Roll (Dion Dimucci)

March 01, 2006

KIDZ BOP IS THE #2 ALBUM IN THE UNITED STATES WITH NEARLY 100,000 UNITS SOLD THIS WEEK

(New York, NY) With a whopping 98,000 plus units sold in its first week of release, KIDZ BOP 9, the latest volume from the best-selling children's music series has entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at the incredible #2 position, the highest chart position ever for Razor & Tie and the biggest sales week in KIDZ BOP history. KIDZ BOP 9 also becomes the highest charting non-soundtrack children's release in Billboard history. Since their debut in 2001, KIDZ BOP titles have sold over 7 million copies with seven gold albums to date.

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 was recently declared one of the "12 Toys of Christmas" by Wal-mart and sold out all across the country during the holiday season. Razor & Tie also just partnered with Hong Kong-based toy company Techno Source to launch a series of electronic toy products utilizing the KIDZ BOP brand.

This has been a very active first quarter for Razor & Tie with the ground-breaking release of Laurie Berkner's chart-topping DVD WE ARE...THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND in conjunction with Starbucks, the Top Twenty debut of MONSTER BALLADS PLATINUM, the Top 100 debut of FIRED UP 3 this week (arriving at #84 with over 14,000 units sold) and the signing of seventeen-year-old singing sensation Kelly Sweet. Razor & Tie expects to finish 2006 as the top-selling independent record company in the United States.