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April 19, 2007

KELLY SWEET'S "RAINCOAT" TOPS FMQB AC CHART

(New York, NY) - Kelly Sweet's "Raincoat", the first single from the rising star's recently-released debut album WE ARE ONE, has just reached #1 on FMQB's AC chart. "Raincoat" has been steadily rising on the Mediabase and R&R AC charts and is now in the Top 15, at #13 and #14, respectively. Kelly is in good company on the AC charts with multi-platinum artists such as John Mayer, Rob Thomas and Nickelback. She is the only new artist to chart so high in the format. In addition, a remixed version of "Raincoat" featuring Dave Koz recently debuted on R&R's Smooth Jazz chart.

Billboard Magazine recently called the jazzy "Raincoat", "...a breezy, precocious ballad that displays an impressive vocal range, emotive expression and a vocal equivalent of cool, crush velvet...A radiant, adult-driven discovery." The single can now be heard on the nationally-syndicated radio shows "Delilah" and "The John Tesh Radio Show".

Sweet has been criss-crossing the country on an extensive promotional tour. She has recently performed "Raincoat" and other songs from her new album on numerous regional and local television shows including Comcast's "Backstage With Barry Nolan", Chicago's "WGN Morning News", Detroit's "FOX 2 News Morning", Cleveland's "FOX 8 News In The Morning", Boston's "FOX 25 Morning Show" and more. She was also recently featured in Yahoo's The New Now program. Other artists in the program have included Robin Thicke, KT Tunstall and Lily Allen.

At just 19 years old, Kelly Sweet has already performed over 500 concerts around the country, including opening gigs for Paul Simon, Kenny Loggins and Anita Baker. Classically-trained and able to sing in several languages (French, Italian, and even Sanskrit), her music has been captivating the industry and audiences alike. With unrivalled charm and sophistication, Kelly brings extraordinary beauty to music not often heard in today's pop landscape.

April 18, 2007

LEGENDARY SINGER/SONGWRITER NEIL SEDAKA TO PERFORM SONGS FROM "THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION" ON THE TODAY SHOW, THE VIEW, QVC AND MORE

(New York, NY) - Singer/Songwriter Neil Sedaka is celebrating his 50th anniversary in show business this year doing what he does best, performing his extensive catalog to the delight of his fans. This Thursday, April 19th at 10PM, Neil drops by QVC's Studio Park to promote his upcoming release on Razor & Tie Entertainment, THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, due out on April 24th. This new CD includes Sedaka's greatest hits spanning his entire career, as well as demo recordings and rarities.

The following week Neil Sedaka will perform on NBC's The Today Show on Monday, April 23rd and ABC's The View later the same day. Also on the 24th, Sedaka launches his first small club dates in decades at New York's Joe's Pub, with additional shows on April 25th, as well as May 1st and May 2nd. On May 7th, Sedaka is slated to perform on FOX's The Mike & Juliet Show. An extensive interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" ran this week; click here to listen: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9603438.

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.

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. Sedaka continues to tour regularly.

April 16, 2007

RAZOR & TIE AND STARBUCKS ENTERTAINMENT CO-RELEASE TWO-CD RETROSPECTIVE MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL ON JUNE 5 IN HONOR OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC MUSIC EVENT

(New York and Seattle) - On June 5 Razor & Tie and Starbucks Entertainment will co-release MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL, a two-CD retrospective hand-selected from the stellar line-up of performances at the historic 1967 music festival. This unique collection not only features rare early performances from now music legends including Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mamas and the Papas and Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, but also features previously-unreleased tracks from Simon & Garfunkel and Buffalo Springfield. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the ground-breaking event held in Monterey, California, which launched the careers of many of the artists who performed. The two-CD set will be available simultaneously at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional retail. The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation will benefit from the release of the CD.

Held in 1967 on June 16, 17 and 18, the Monterey International Pop Festival was the first major rock festival (preceding Woodstock by two years), drawing hundreds of thousands of people together. Almost every aspect of it was a "first," including the diversity of the lineup which not only blended all ethnicities but crossed several musical boundaries including rock, pop, jazz, soul, R&B, psychedelia, folk and classical music. The festival was also one of the first to pair established stars like Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds with relative unknowns at the time such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who. All of the participating artists performed gratis, donating their fees to charity, which ultimately resulted in the creation of The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation (MIPFF), a non-profit charitable and educational organization empowering music-related personal development, creativity and mental and physical health. The festival and original recordings were produced by renowned music producer Lou Adler and The Mamas and The Papas' John Phillips.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the festival, a series of events will take place over the next few months. These events kicked off with a screening of the film, Monterey Pop, at this year's South by Southwest conference which was preceded by a panel featuring Lou Adler, Andrew Loog Oldham and The Mamas And The Papas' Michelle Phillips. In addition, there will be a special exhibit at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and a Hollywood RockWalk induction ceremony. VH1 is also creating a documentary about the festival to air on the June 16th anniversary

MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL track listing:
DISC ONE:
1. Along Comes Mary - The Association
2. San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon & The Animals
3. Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel*
4. Sounds Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel*
5. Down On Me - Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin
6. Ball And Chain - Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin
7. Section 43 - Country Joe & The Fish
8. Born In Chicago - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
9. Wine - The Electric Flag
10. Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song) - Hugh Masekela
11. Chimes Of Freedom - The Byrds
12. So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star - The Byrds

DISC TWO:
1. Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
2. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
3. Booker-Loo - Booker T. & The M.G.'s
4. Shake - Otis Redding
5. I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding
6. Duhn: Fast Teental (Excerpt) - Ravi Shankar
7. For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield*
8. Summertime Blues - The Who
9. My Generation - The Who
10. The Wind Cries Mary - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
11. Like A Rolling Stone - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
12. Straight Shooter - The Mamas & The Papas
13. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers) - Scott McKenzie
14. California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
* previously unreleased

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About The Monterey International Pop Festival
The genesis of the Monterey International Pop Foundation was borne of the musical reverberations created on the weekend of June 16, 17 and 18, 1967. Those artists who performed at the Monterey International Pop Festival continue to be the musical messengers sustaining the Foundation's aims and ideals. It is their historic performances that keep the promise and spirit of Monterey Pop alive. The Foundation has successfully generated funds and has made donations to many worthwhile recipients over the past four decades.

The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation (MIPFF) is a non-profit charitable and educational foundation empowering music-related personal development, creativity, and mental and physical health. In the spirit of the Monterey International Pop Festival, which took place June 16, 17, and 18, 1967, and on behalf of the artists who took part, the Foundation awards grants to qualified organizations and individuals with identifiable needs in those areas.