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June 26, 2006

ROCK LEGENDS TWISTED SISTER SIGN TO RAZOR & TIE TO RELEASE FINAL ALBUM; "A TWISTED CHRISTMAS" DUE OUT OCTOBER 17TH

(New York, NY)- To commemorate the band's 30th anniversary, Razor & Tie has announced the signing of rock legends Twisted Sister, who will release its final album, A TWISTED CHRISTMAS, on October 17th. The album will feature varied styles of metal versions of beloved Christmas classics including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Deck The Halls" and O Come All Ye Faithful" (complete track listing to be announced). The band (featuring the classic line-up of Dee Snider - lead vocalist, Eddie Ojeda - co-lead guitarist/vocalist, Jay Jay French - co-lead guitarist/vocalist, Mark Mendoza - bass guitarist/vocalist and A. J. Pero - drummer/vocalist) has had to cancel several European headlining festival tour dates in order to record the album in time for the holiday season; they are currently in the studio now.

Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam commented, "We have been big fans of Twisted Sister for many years and are proud to help them bring their unique vision of holiday music to a large audience". Founding Twisted Sister band member Jay Jay French said, "We are very proud to be with Razor & Tie. They blow away the competition when it comes to niche marketing, and I can't wait to learn what niche means".

Formed in 1976, Twisted Sister ruled the radio airwaves and MTV in the 1980s with such monster hits as "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". To date, the band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, boasts 34 silver, gold and platinum certifications from 8 countries and has toured in 22 different countries. Twisted Sister has given over 9,000 performances in their thirty-year career and can currently be found headlining huge metal festivals in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Mexico, Spain, Italy and Greece. On October 15th, the band will be inducted in to the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame along with other musical icons such as Billy Joel, Joan Jett and Stray Cats.

June 22, 2006

NEWLY-SIGNED SINGER KELLY SWEET TO OPEN FOR PAUL SIMON; TRACKS FROM DEBUT ALBUM TO BE FEATURED IN FILM AND TELEVISION PROJECTS

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie recording artist Kelly Sweet has been chosen to open for legendary artist Paul Simon on selected dates for his U.S. tour. The July 7th and July 8th shows in Essex Junction, Vermont and Manchester, New Hampshire, respectively have already been confirmed.

In other news, Kelly will have her music featured in three film and television projects prior to the release of her debut album, WE ARE ONE, later this year. First up is the inclusion of her song "I Will Be Waiting" (a track from her new CD) on the just-released soundtrack for the Lions Gate film "Peaceful Warrior". Starring Nick Nolte, the film is based on author Dan Millman's best-selling autobiographical novel. Another song from Kelly's new CD, the title track "We Are One," will be featured on upcoming television episodes of both "All My Children" and "Passions".

Kelly has garnered significant industry attention over the past few months, performing to standing-room only showcase crowds in New York and Los Angeles as well as the American Society of Young Musicians Benefit (whose board members include Madonna, James Taylor, Christina Aguilera and numerous entertainment-industry heavy-hitters) at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on June 13th.

Kelly conveys a sense of depth, intimacy and sophistication not often heard in today's pop landscape. Like such stylistically diverse artists as Norah Jones, Josh Groban and Dido, Sweet is that rare singer that combines unassailable credibility and talent with an uncanny ability to connect with a wide audience of music fans. Kelly's debut WE ARE ONE was produced and co-written by Grammy-nominated producer Mark Portmann (Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera). The album finds Sweet's inimitable, otherworldly voice placed against the backdrop of intimate yet powerful arrangements.

LAURIE BERKNER'S FIRST DVD CERTIFIED DOUBLE PLATINUM; "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY" DATE CONFIRMED

(New York, NY) - The Laurie Berkner Band will perform on "Live With Regis And Kelly" next Tuesday, June 27th. This marks the band's first appearance on the show. Laurie 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 with best-selling CDs and a DVD, released earlier this year.

Laurie Berkner's first-ever DVD, "We are...The Laurie Berkner Band" (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Hear Music) has been certified double platinum, with shipments now nearing 300,000 units (the DVD is rapidly approaching triple platinum status). 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).

Over the past several years, Laurie's intelligent yet accessible songwriting, warm, captivating vocals and infectious melodies have garnered weekly appearances on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show (second season premieres this fall), 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.

June 13, 2006

RAZOR & TIE GETS ROLLING WITH FIRST SIGNING TO NEW MUSIC PUBLISHING DIVISION; DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS INK EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE DEAL

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie has announced the signing of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration contract covering their entire catalogue. This marks the first signing for Razor & Tie's recently launched music publishing division headed up by J.W. Johnson.

Johnson commented, "The signing of The Drive-By Truckers is an important step in building Razor & Tie Music Publishing. Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are two of the most accomplished songwriters in the business. We are thrilled to be part of their team and look forward to spreading the Drive-By Truckers gospel to the uninitiated of the world." Johnson, who was Senior Director, Writing/Publisher Relations for BMI prior to joining Razor & Tie, soon will announce a number of new signings as Razor & Tie makes an immediate mark in the music publishing world.

Said Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, "Razor & Tie is enjoying stable management and rapid growth and we are ideally situated for expansion in the music publishing world. With the arrival of J.W. Johnson and the signing of the very cool Drive-By Truckers, we are on our way."

Athens, Georgia natives Drive-By Truckers' seventh and latest album A BLESSING AND A CURSE (New West Records), released April 18th of this year, debuted at #50 on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts, marking the band's highest debut ever. The album has received heaps of critical praise. Blender deemed them "America's greatest rock band", while Magnet concurred that the album "...cements the Truckers' status as one of the best rock n' roll bands going". The Truckers will be on tour with The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph & The Family Band this summer and recently appeared on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on Tuesday, June 6th.

June 08, 2006

TONY-NOMINATED WEDDING SINGER TURNS GOLD; "STEPHEN LYNCH LIVE AT THE EL REY" DVD CERTIFIED GOLD

(New York, NY) - Tony-nominated Wedding Singer and comedian Stephen Lynch's first-ever DVD, released by Razor & Tie, "Stephen Lynch Live At The El Rey" has been certified gold. Lynch launched his career as a comedian at New York's prestigious Catch A Rising Star and since then has developed a rabid fan-base. He tours extensively in theaters and colleges and is featured regularly on Comedy Central (with his own highly-rated half-hour special).

Lynch is currently starring in Broadway's "The Wedding Singer" and has received rave reviews for his performance as Robbie Hart, as well as a Tony nomination for Best Performance By A Leading Actor In A Musical. The New York Post's Clive Barnes declared Lynch to be "frenetically engaging", while Howard Kissel from The New York Daily News referred to Lynch as "deeply appealing".

Please click on the below link for a photo, shown backstage at The Al Hirschfield Theatre left-to-right: Razor Tie Senior, VP Sales Sebouh Yegparian, Razor & Tie Co-Owner Craig Balsam, Stephen Lynch, Stephen Lynch's manager Eric Zohn:

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June 06, 2006

KIDZ BOP AND SIX FLAGS TEAM UP TO LAUNCH LIVE "CLUB KIDZ BOP" TOUR AT SIX FLAGS PARKS THIS SUMMER

New York, NY -- Six Flags (NYSE:SIX) announced today a relationship with Razor & Tie to launch CLUB KIDZ BOP, a live interactive concert based on the best-selling children's music series, this summer at all Six Flags parks in the U.S. The tour will begin on June 7th.

KIDZ BOP, which features today's most popular songs performed by kids for kids, has sold over 7 million CDs - and garnered seven gold albums - since its debut in 2001. The CLUB KIDZ BOP show at Six Flags will feature two performers, who will lead the show, and involve groups of local children who will join in to sing kid-friendly versions of popular hit songs. The whole audience is invited to participate in the CLUB KIDZ BOP show via voting, singing along and learning dance moves. The show, which will take place three times daily, is free with paid admission to the parks.

The Six Flags announcement comes on the heels of the launch of a full-scale KIDZ BOP show in select Northeast cities that sold out in April.

"KIDZ BOP is a trusted and established brand that resonates with both kids and their parents, and presenting the exclusive CLUB KIDZ BOP tour at Six Flags reinforces our commitment to offering entertainment that every member of the family can enjoy," said Mike Antinoro, Six Flags Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Marketing.

Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam commented, "We are very excited to work with Six Flags on this project. It will be a great show for families. We are expanding KIDZ BOP in a variety of ways and are honored that Six Flags has chosen to work with us."

New York-based Razor & Tie is one of the fastest-growing independent entertainment companies in the United States. Founded by co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, Razor & Tie is a vertically-integrated company that encompasses a record label with major label distribution, a home video company, a media buying company, an experienced marketing, promotion and sales team, a direct marketing operation and a growing database of entertainment consumers.

Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company. Founded in 1961, Six Flags is celebrating its 45th Anniversary in 2006. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly-traded corporation (NYSE: SIX) headquartered in New York City.