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November 27, 2006

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE. . . A TWISTED CHRISTMAS!

TWISTED SISTER CONFIRMED FOR "TONIGHT SHOW" AND "LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON" BOOKINGS; VH1 CLASSIC SPECIAL
TO DEBUT; NORTH AMERICAN TOUR TO KICK OFF IN DECEMBER

(New York, NY) - Rock legends Twisted Sister have a very busy holiday season ahead of them! In support of their rocking new Christmas album, A TWISTED CHRISTMAS, the band will hit the road in December for their a North American tour (see below for tour dates). The shows will feature songs from the new album, as well as classic material. Ringing in the holiday season nationwide, Twisted Sister will perform a song from A TWISTED CHRISTMAS on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday, December 13th, marking the band's first-ever live performance on network television. On Friday, December 22nd, the band will perform on The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

Released last month, A TWISTED CHRISTMAS features rock n' roll versions of beloved Christmas classics including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Deck The Halls" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". A half-hour music special about the album, "Hangin' With Twisted Sister" will premiere on VH1 Classic on Saturday, December 9th at 12:30PM, EST. Band members discuss how they coaxed Lita Ford out of retirement to duet on "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and how their biggest hit, "We're Not Gonna Take It" was actually inspired by "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". The channel will put the newly-created video for "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" from the album into heavy rotation. Twisted Sister has partnered with VH1 Classic to support Cure Autism Now; a portion of the proceeds from A TWISTED CHRISTMAS will go to the charity.

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.

TWISTED SISTER on tour:

December
1 Minneapolis, MN The Myth
5 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
7 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
9 Melbourne, FL Melbourne Auditorium
12 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
14 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
17 Orlando, FL Hard Rock
21 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
22 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
23 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues


November 21, 2006

ALL THAT REMAINS to headline North America throughout January, February

Massachusetts' metal heavyweights ALL THAT REMAINS will embark on a full North American headlining tour, beginning in late January. Support for the bill will come from Misery Signals, The Human Abstract and split support along the way from Cellador and labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY. The tour will be ALL THAT REMAINS' first full headlining tour in support of the band's new record, 'The Fall of Ideals,' after already landing spots on Sounds of The Underground Europe, Ozzfest 2006 earlier this year and dates across North America with DragonForce this fall. Tickets will be available from Artist Arena at https://tixx1.artistarena.com/allthatremains/.

Released earlier this year to critical and commercial success, 'The Fall of Ideals' is the third release from ALL THAT REMAINS and was again produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and features artwork by Travis Smith (Opeth, Iced Earth) as well as engineering help from Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork).

In the meantime, seasoned drummer Tim Yeung is temporarily filling in on ALL THAT REMAINS' current set of scheduled live dates alongside Killswitch Engage and a three-week tour with DragonForce throughout the United Kingdom in November and December. Yeung has already made his presence known in the metal world having showcased his playing with Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth, Vital Remains and Aurora Borealis among others, as well as earning the World's Fastest Drummer title at the 2006 summer NAMM show in Austin, Texas earlier this year. More information on Yeung can be found at his official website (www.timyeung.com).

Subsequently, ALL THAT REMAINS is currently seeking a full-time drummer to join the band upon returning to America in mid-December. Interested parties can contact inquire via the band's official MySpace page (www.myspace.com/allthatremains) and message the band with the heading "attn: drummer." Links to videos of interested candidates playing "This Calling" and "The Weak Willed" from ALL THAT REMAINS' new album, 'The Fall of Ideals' are required.

ALL THAT REMAINS on tour
(with Killswitch Engage, Bury Your Dead, 2 Cents)
11/17 Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
11/18 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
11/19 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
11/21 Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
11/24 Sparks, NV - New Oasis
11/25 Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House
11/26 Spokane, WA - Big Easy

(United Kingdom tour with DragonForce)
11/29 Folkestone, UK - Leas Cliff Hall
11/30 Southampton, UK - Guildhall
12/01 Leeds, UK - University
12/04 Cardiff, UK - University Student Union
12/05 Birmingham, UK - Academy
12/06 Sheffield, UK - Octagon
12/08 Manchester, UK - Academy
12/09 Glasgow, UK - Barrowlands
12/11 Norwich, UK - UEA
12/12 Bristol, UK - Academy
12/13 London, UK - Astoria

(headlining tour)
1/23 Huntington, WV - Hyamp
1/24 Nashville, TN - Exit / In

(with Misery Signals, Light This City)
1/26 Houston, TX - Meridian - Red Room
1/27 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
1/28 Ridglea, TX - Ridglea Theater
1/30 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
1/31 West Hollywood, CA - The Whisky

(with Misery Signals, The Human Abstract)
2/01 San Diego, CA - Soma Sidestage
2/02 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
2/03 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
2/05 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
2/06 Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
2/07 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
2/09 Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
2/10 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
2/11 St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
2/13 Covington, KY - The Mad Hatter
2/14 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
2/16 Chicago, IL - Metro
2/17 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
2/18 Toronto, ONT - Opera House
2/19 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
2/21 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
2/22 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
2/23 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
2/24 Troy, NY - Revolution Hall

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"All That Remains have delivered the record of their career. If 2004's This Darkened Heart placed the New England NWOAHM band on the map, this follow-up will take them all over it." 9/10 - Decibel

"All That Remains have always been one of the more accomplished bands of the genre, and the increased use of clean vocals and contagious melodies has made The Fall of Ideals an improvement from its solid predecessor, This Darkened Heart." - Blabbermouth

"All That Remains has become a group that has honed its craft and perfected its trade to the point of being undeniably appealing, and here's hoping that The Fall of Ideals will catch on." 8/10 - Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

"All That Remains have worked their balls off for years, touring the world playing second fiddle to a variety of like-minded bands and rustling up a decent following in the process. What they've also done is sharpen up their skills to the point where The Fall of Ideals bears all the hallmarks of a classic." KKKKK - Kerrang

"This album is easily one of the top five heavy music records of 2006…get ready to spin your head around until you damage cervical vertebrae, numbers two and three." - Metal Edge

"For those new to the style and new to ATR - let this be your diving board into some of the meatiest metal-fun around." 9/10 - Metal Hammer

November 10, 2006

LEGENDARY SINGER-SONGWRITER NEIL SEDAKA INKS WITH RAZOR & TIE TO RELEASE NEW CAREER-SPANNING ALBUM "THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION" DUE OUT APRIL, 2007

(New York, NY)- In celebration of his 50th anniversary in the music business, Razor & Tie will release a definitive Neil Sedaka collection spanning his entire career in April, 2007. The album will include the first U.S. release of new recordings, as well as demo recordings and rarities ("Where The Boys Are", "It Hurts To Be In Love") that have never been made widely available. A high profile tribute concert is in the works, as well as a series of more intimate shows by Sedaka - all to take place in the spring.

Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam commented, "Neil Sedaka is a legend who has recorded and written some of the greatest songs of the rock era. 2007 will be a celebration of Neil's amazing career."

Brooklyn-native Sedaka began his prolific career as one of the original creators of the "Brill Building" sound in the late 1950s and early 1960s when he and songwriting partner Howard Greenfield signed with Don Kirshner and Al Nevins at Aldon Music. Aldon Music would go on to sign Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Paul Simon and many others. Sedaka was catapulted into stardom after Connie Francis recorded his "Stupid Cupid." She then sang the theme song Sedaka and Greenfield had written for the 1960 MGM spring break classic, Where the Boys Are, which would be her biggest hit. As a result of these hits, Sedaka signed a contract with RCA as a writer and performer of his own material. He soon recorded chart toppers "The Diary," "Oh! Carol," " Stairway to Heaven," "Calendar Girl," "Little Devil," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," "Next Door To An Angel," and "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do".

In the late 1960s, Sedaka had tremendous success writing for artists such as Tom Jones, The Monkees and The Fifth Dimension ("Workin' On A Groovy Thing", "Puppet Man"). In the early 1970s, Elton John signed Sedaka to his label, Rocket Records. The result was two tremendous albums (SEDAKA'S BACK in 1974 and THE HUNGRY YEARS in 1975) that produced two of his hugest worldwide hits - "Bad Blood" and "Laughter In The Rain", both of which went to #1 on the music charts. Rolling Stone Magazine hailed Sedaka as "the new phenomenon."

"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" was re-released as a ballad in 1975, and made music history when it reached #1 on the charts, becoming the first song recorded two different ways by the same artist to reach #1. During this time, the Captain and Tennille had a worldwide #1 hit with their version of Neil's "Love Will Keep Us Together". The song won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Neil Sedaka has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, has had a street named after him in his hometown of Brooklyn, and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In June, 2004, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Popular Music / Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization's 35th annual induction and awards ceremony in New York. Named for the former President of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, this award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in furthering the successes of songwriters.

Sedaka recently appeared on FOX's hit TV show "American Idol", as a guest judge. Clay Aiken performed and released a cover of Neil's classic "Solitaire", which reached #4 on the Hot 100 Singles chart, and was one of the Top Selling Singles of 2004. Most recently, Neil concluded a 10 city tour of the United Kingdom, where he filmed a live concert for PBS that resulted in the DVD "Neil Sedaka The Show Goes On – Live At The Royal Albert Hall". During this historical evening, Neil was presented with The Guinness Award for his song "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo", as the best selling single of the 21st century in the UK, a song that was originally performed by Tony Christie over thirty-five years ago. Sedaka continues to tour regularly.

THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND TO PERFORM AT MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

"Once upon a time, Elvis brought out the screaming fans, and then there were the Beatles. These days there's Laurie Berkner.' Good Morning America, August 2006


The Laurie Berkner Band will make their first-ever appearance at the 80th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 23. The band will perform on Fisher-Price's "Magic of Childhood" float. The Parade is broadcast on NBC from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. in all time zones. Says Laurie, "I'm excited to be a part of such a great holiday tradition. The fact that it takes place here in New York City, where my daughter can watch in person, makes it even more special."

Laurie will also give a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at Macy's Herald Square on November 19 at 3:00 P.M. The reading is part of "Macy's Lights Up The Holidays," which culminates with the unveiling of the store's annual holiday window display.

The Laurie Berkner Band will be featured on a software cartridge that accompanies a Fisher-Price sing-along, interactive learning system, which is scheduled to hit stores in the fall of 2007. It will be an updated version of the current, award-winning product, Learn Through Music Plus. In its fifth year on the market, this innovative learning platform teaches a fundamental preschool curriculum through the rhythm, rhyme and repetition of song.

Laurie Berkner, keyboardist Susie Lampert and bassist Adam Bernstein performed this year on Good Morning America, The Today Show and Live With Regis & Kelly. Widely recognized as the most popular children's recording artist in the United States, Laurie's intelligent songwriting, captivating vocals and infectious melodies have won not only legions of little fans but parents, who enjoy the music as much as their kids.
The Laurie Berkner Band can be seen on NOGGIN's hit preschool series Jack's Big Music Show where they are featured in almost every episode of the original half-hour music show. The commercial free, educational preschool network from Nickelodeon will kick off their second season of Jack's Big Music Show in January 2007, which will feature two new music videos by the band in addition to show appearances by Laurie.

The band's first-ever DVD, "We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band" (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Hear Music) was released in February of this year. It has been certified triple platinum, and is fast approaching quadruple platinum status. 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 recently made the decision to resume live performances after taking an extended hiatus to spend time with her young daughter. The band marked its first public performances of 2006 this fall with sold-out concerts on the East Coast. More dates are being scheduled through early 2007.

The Laurie Berkner Band in Concert
(More Dates TBA)

November 11 State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ

December 3 Ritacco Center Toms River, NJ

January 15, 2007 Nickelodeon & Steamboat Family Snow FestivalSteamboat Springs, CO


Fisher-Price, Inc., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NYSE: MAT) and located in East Aurora, New York, is the leading brand of infant and preschool toys in the world. The Company has a 75-year legacy of high-quality toys that enhance early childhood development. Its often-emulated Play Laboratory was the first child research center of its kind in the toy industry, allowing researchers to observe the way children play and how play benefits their development. Some of the Company's best-known 'classic" brands include Little People, Power Wheels and View-Master. Fisher-Price is also a leading developer of baby gear products (nursery monitors, infant swings, high chairs) as well as a wide array of character-based toys inspired by high quality children's programming such as Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and Winnie the Pooh. The Company's web site, at www.fisher-price.com, provides valuable information and resources to parents.

NOGGIN, the commercial-free, educational preschool network from Nickelodeon, currently reaches 52 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite TV. NOGGIN, which airs from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET), is like preschool on TV, with educational programming both on-air and online at www.noggin.com. NOGGIN and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.