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July 26, 2006

RAZOR & TIE BUILDS MUSIC PUBLISHING DIVISION - GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER/SONGWRITER RUSS TITELMAN INKS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE DEAL

(New York, NY) - The newly-launched Razor & Tie Publishing unit, following up on its recent signing of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, announces signing of legendary producer Russ Titelman. The Titelman deal will include his co-writing song catalogue, as well as the administration of Titelman's publishing companies, Abraham Music (ASCAP) which includes compositions by Lowell George and Billy Payne of Little Feat, Andalusian Songs (BMI,) and his newly formed company Walking Liberty Music (BMI.) The first writers signed to Walking Liberty Music are Hugh Prestwood, whose credits include: Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When," Alison Krauss's "A Ghost in This House," James Taylor's recording of "The Suit," Randy Travis's "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart," Crystal Gayle's "The Sound of Goodbye," and Michael Johnson's "That's That," and Michael Garrett who's song "Reggabilly Hill" has been recorded by Jimmy Buffett for his forthcoming album.

Titelman's co-writing credits include songs with Brian Wilson, Jimmy Buffet, Jack Nitzsche, and Ry Cooder.

J.W. Johnson, who heads up the recently-launched Music Publishing division at Razor & Tie, commented, "The addition of Russ Titelman to the R & T Music Publishing roster goes a long way toward establishing our company as a major force. We are proud to be in business with a songwriter and producer of such unmistakable quality and importance."

Grammy-Award-winning producer/songwriter Russ Titelman has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business over the past four decades including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, George Harrison, the BeeGees, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon and many more. Russ's first Grammy was in 1986 for Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," which won Record of the Year. In 1992, he earned two additional Grammys for his work with Eric Clapton. "Tears in Heaven" won Record of the Year and "Unplugged" won Album of the Year.

Titelman began his career as a guitarist and backing vocalist under the tutelage of the legendary producer Phil Spector. Early in his career, he was signed as a writer by Don Kirshner at Screengems-Columbia Music, working with master songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, as well as Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Titelman was a producer and A&R executive at Warner Brothers Records for twenty-five years. In addition to music publishing, Titelman and his umbrella company Russ Titelman Music is launching an independent record label, Walking Liberty Records and a music-television production company.

July 25, 2006

THE ABS DIET WORKOUT 2 DVD DEBUTS AUGUST 29TH - RAZOR & TIE AND RODALE INC. INTRODUCE THE ABS 3 APPROACH TO A SLEEK, SEXY CORE

(New York, NY) - Last year, over 200,000 people chiseled their six-packs with the best-selling ABS DIET WORKOUT. Now Rodale Inc., the publishers of the best-selling the ABS DIET book series, and Razor and Tie Entertainment, plan to release a follow-up DVD to last year's the ABS DIET WORKOUT. THE ABS DIET WORKOUT 2 DVD will be available on August 29th, 2006 wherever fitness videos are sold as well as www.absdiet.com for $19.98 SRP. Based upon the new book by Men's Health Editor-In-Chief, David Zinczenko, The Abs Diet Get Fit, Stay Fit Plan, the DVD introduces a new workout system - ABS 3 - based on simple, highly-effective principles to help you lose weight and tone your body. The foundation of the ABS 3 system are the following: A - abdominal exercises strengthen your core, B - big muscle groups increase metabolism, S - speed intervals, not slow cardiovascular exercise, burn fat faster and 3 - 3 days a week is all you need to see results!

THE ABS DIET WORKOUT 2 DVD is the perfect home fitness DVD for beginners as well as those experienced with the Abs Diet program. The DVD provides motivation and demonstrates exercise routines that can be easily tailored to any lifestyle. Five mix and match segments allow viewers to customize the order, if they wish, of the warmup, Abdominal Beginner/Intermediate Workout, Abdominal Advanced Workout, Muscle Strengthening Workout and Speed Interval Training/Cardio Workout. The DVD also includes a bonus feature, The Abs Diet Eating Plan, which includes nutrition tips, information on the Abs Diet Powerfoods and more. The 77-minute workout is led by Terry Simpson, one of the top certified fitness trainers in Los Angeles. The DVD also includes Spanish language audio.

THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND IS BACK IN ACTION - RETURN TO CONCERT STAGE SET, DVD NOW 3X PLATINUM, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" CONFIRMED

(New York, NY) - The Laurie Berkner Band is set to return to the road for select dates around the country. Laurie has made the decision to resume live performances after taking an extended hiatus to spend time with her young daughter. The band will mark its first public performance of 2006 in September, with more concert dates to be announced shortly.

The band's first-ever DVD, "We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band" (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Hear Music) has now been certified triple platinum, with shipments totaling 300,000 units. 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 Berkner, keyboardist Susie Lampert and bassist Adam Bernstein will perform on "Good Morning America" on Saturday, August 26th, following up major appearances on "The Today Show" and "Live With Regis And Kelly". The #1 children's music artist in America, Laurie's omnipresence on television continues with her "Jack's Big Music Show" on Noggin; the commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers will premiere the series' second season in early 2007.

The Laurie Berkner Band in Concert 2006
(More Dates TBA)

September 24th - St. George Theater - Staten Island, NY
October 15th - SeaWorld Adventure Park - Orlando, FL
November 11th - State Theatre - New Brunswick, NJ

RAZOR & TIE TO RELEASE KIDZ BOP 10 AUGUST 1ST; KIDZ BOP 8 AND 9 ACHIEVE GOLD WITH NEW CERTIFICATIONS

(New York, NY) - On August 1st, Razor & Tie Entertainment will release KIDZ BOP 10, the latest volume in the best-selling children's music series. Like its predecessors, the album will feature today's biggest hits sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP 9 made chart history, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, with almost 100,000 units sold in its first week of release. The debut is the highest for a non-soundtrack children's release in Billboard history and also the highest ever for Razor & Tie.

KIDZ BOP is now a certifiable phenomenon, with sales of the series in excess of 8 million units and a number of brand extensions in the works. This summer Razor & Tie partnered with Six Flags to launch Club KIDZ BOP, a live interactive concert at Six Flags parks. A national tour will roll out in theaters throughout the country in 2007. 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.

In recent months, Razor & Tie Co-Owners and Co-Creators of KIDZ BOP Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam were featured on national television outlets such as The Today Show and ABC World News Tonight, as well as in print in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and many more.

Razor & Tie attains two more sales milestones with the gold certifications of KIDZ BOP 8 and KIDZ BOP 9 (just months after its release); shipments of both albums have now exceeded 500,000 units, respectively. These mark the seventh and eighth KIDZ BOP titles to achieve gold status. Since their introduction in 2001, KIDZ BOP titles have sold over 8 million copies and have become the best known brand in kids' music.

KIDZ BOP 10 track listing:

1. SOS
2. Bad Day
3. Move Along
4. Because Of You
5. Savin' Me
6. Unwritten
7. Be Without You
8. L.O.V.E.
9. You're Beautiful
10. Pump It
11. Where's You Go
12. For You I Will (Confidence)
13. Hung Up
14. What's Left Of Me
15. Girl Next Door
16. Stickwitu
17. Who Says You Can't Go Home
18. Don't Forget About Us

For more information, please visit www.kidzbop.com.