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July 26, 2007

WINDOWS VISTA FOR DUMMIES JUST GOT EVEN EASIER

POP IN THE TUTORIAL - NOW ON DVD - SIT BACK, WATCH AND LEARN!

(New York, NY) - From the best-selling For Dummies brand, Razor & Tie Entertainment brings the coveted Windows Vista For Dummies to DVD on September 11th, 2007. Based on the globally popular books of the same name, Windows Vista For Dummies promises to be the most comprehensive how-to DVD on the market that provides simple, step-by-step instructions and visual demonstrations of the everyday tasks all Windows Vista users need to know.

Based on the bestselling book by Andy Rathbone and hosted by technology correspondent Omar Wasow, who has appeared on countless broadcast outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kelly and The Today Show, Windows Vista For Dummies offers simple, straightforward advice on navigating one of the most anticipated computer operating systems to date. Discover how to:

- Navigate and organize your files;
- Customize and optimize your new computer;
- Protect your computer from viruses and hackers;
- Create music, photo and movie CDs and DVDs;
- Back up your files, and more.

This easy-to-follow program also identifies the top ten aggravations a user might encounter with Windows Vista and offers helpful tips on how to fix them. Unlike the complicated built-in Vista Help Files, Windows Vista For Dummies presents objective tips and advice that enable end-users to maximize their Vista experience. With the virtual release of this For Dummies series, consumers can now effortlessly navigate the #1 operating system in the world in minutes.

Previous "For Dummies" guides to Windows have sold a combined 13 million books - a true testament to consumers' trust in the "For Dummies" brand. This is a "must-have" for computer users everywhere. The DVD arrives just in time for back-to-school and is the perfect gift to accompany a brand new desktop/laptop purchase.

For Dummies is a registered trademark of Wiley Publishing, Inc. Windows Vista is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

July 24, 2007

CAPLAN NAMED RAZOR & TIE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, A & R

RISING SOUL SINGER RYAN SHAW MOVES TO RAZOR & TIE

(New York, NY) - Michael Caplan has been named Executive Vice President, A&R for Razor & Tie Entertainment, based at the company's headquarters in New York City. The announcement was made by Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, to whom Caplan will report. Chenfeld and Balsam commented, "We are very excited that Michael has decided to join Razor & Tie. With the success of Kelly Sweet, Angelique Kidjo and All That Remains, we are making a very aggressive push on the new music front and believe that Michael will be a key player for us".

Caplan stated, "I am happy to be returning to the world of indie-dom. I've known Cliff and Craig for over fifteen years and have always been impressed by them as businessmen, but also as people. I am thrilled and proud to be part of their team." Caplan was most recently Senior Vice President, A&R for Columbia Records and President of One Haven Music. He will work closely with Razor & Tie Senior Director, A&R, Beka Callaway.

Caplan brings to Razor & Tie the incredibly talented young soul singer, Ryan Shaw. Razor & Tie will immediately take over the marketing and distribution of Shaw's debut album THIS IS RYAN SHAW. Released a few months ago on One Haven/RED, the album has earned the Decatur, Georgia native glowing reviews. Billboard declared, "The Georgia native establishes himself as a massive talent with a huge voice straight out of the gate. THIS IS RYAN SHAW resuscitates soul in an electrifying way..." The Los Angeles Times said, "Prepare to have your soul rocked...", while The San Francisco Chronicle said of Shaw, "He achieves the perfect balance between raw passion and melisma-rich vocal prowess." Shaw will appear on "The CBS Saturday Early Show" on Saturday, July 28th and is currently on tour in the United States, playing select dates with Joss Stone.

Michael Caplan began his career working for Morris Levy, after dropping out of law school three weeks into his first year. From 1978-1980, Caplan held the position of Operations Manager at the Strawberries record chain in Boston, MA. In 1980, he began working for Polygram Records in Merchandising/Sales, also in Boston. In 1981, Caplan relocated to Hartford, CT to become Local Promotion Manager for Epic Records and in 1983 was promoted to Director of AOR Promotion for the label and moved to New York City.

Caplan moved to the A&R department at Epic in 1983 where he remained for twenty years, signing such artists as Ginuwine, Living Color, Keb'Mo', The Allman Brothers, Tower Of Power, Firehouse and G. Love. In 2003, he started Or Music, where he signed Matisyahu and Grammy Award-winners Los Lonely Boys. In 2006, Caplan returned to Sony/BMG as Senior Vice President, A&R, and also was President, One Haven Music, his own imprint, a position he held for almost two years.


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July 13, 2007

RAZOR & TIE TO RELEASE KIDZ BOP 12 JULY 31ST: EXCITEMENT SURROUNDS LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE, EXCITEMENT SURROUNDS LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE, LIVE STAGE SHOW AND NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH

(New York, NY) - On July 31st, Razor & Tie Entertainment will release KIDZ BOP 12, the latest volume in the best-selling children's music series. Like its predecessors, the album will feature today's most popular songs sung by kids for kids.

A phenomenon among kids 4-11 and a favorite among parents, KIDZ BOP has been named the #1 children's music series from 2002 through 2006 by Billboard. The series has sold more than 10 million CDs since launching six years ago, with nine Gold-certified releases. Each of its last five releases debuted in the top 10 of Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.

The release of KIDZ BOP 12 comes on the heels of the relaunch of KIDZBOP.com and the announcement of the KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR, the company's first live, interactive stage show. New features on the website include a new video submission area that allows kids to submit homemade music videos and enter the "Be a KIDZ BOP Star" National Talent Search. Kids of all ages entering the search have a chance to win an appearance in a KIDZ BOP music video. The KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR kicks off in Davenport, IA on October 12, 2007 and continues in more than 80 markets nationwide.

KIDZ BOP 12 track listing:

1. Girlfriend
2. The Sweet Escape
3. It's Not Over
4. Say It Right
5. Never Again
6. What Goes Around . . . Comes Around
7. Umbrella
8. Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast in America
9. Glamorous
10. If Everyone Cared
11. Beautiful Liar
12. How To Save A Life
13. Makes Me Wonder
14. Don't Matter
15. Boston
16. With Love
17. Ice Box
18. Home

July 09, 2007

NATIONAL MUSIC SENSATION KIDZ BOP RELAUNCHES WEBSITE WITH FIRST EVER NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH: WINNERS WILL STAR IN AN OFFICIAL KIDZ BOP VIDEO AND RECEIVE A BEACHES RESORTS ALL-INCLUSIVE FAMILY VACATION

(New York, NY) - With the popularity of talent competitions for adults at an all time high, now it's possible for kids to get into the act and attain stardom. On July 3rd, KIDZ BOP, the most popular and most recognized children's audio series in the U.S., will relaunch its website KIDZBOP.com with the introduction of the "Be a KIDZ BOP Star" National Talent Search.

For the talent search - whose prizes include a starring role in an official KIDZ BOP music video and an all-inclusive family vacation to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa - kids of all ages are invited to audition for KIDZ BOP by creating a video of themselves performing, and uploading it to the site. They can choose their own performance, keeping in mind the criteria for selection: style, musical talent, star quality, and personality. Kids can enter as many times as they want.

All submissions from the entire talent search will be posted on the KIDZ BOP site, allowing children everywhere to share their audition videos with friends and family, watch other kids' audition videos, and even vote for themselves. The deadline for video submissions is September 3rd, after which KIDZ BOP will choose and post the 15 top videos. After a two-week voting period in September at www.KIDZBOP.com, the four winning kids will be announced the first week of October, and in November they will join their families on a once-in-a-lifetime all-inclusive Caribbean vacation to shoot a KIDZ BOP music video on site at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (air travel courtesy of Orbitz).

To open the "Be a KIDZ BOP Star" National Talent Search to as many eligible kids as possible - and to make it as much fun as it can be - during the weekend of August 17th-19th KIDZ BOP will sponsor a series of talent-search-themed "house parties" in up to 5000 homes across the country in which kids can shoot their very own audition videos with the help of a parent host and all their friends. For entry information, full rules, and to sign up to host a house party, visit www.KIDZBOP.com.

"Kids love to sing and dance to KIDZ BOP CDs and music videos. Now they can take it one step further and actually be part of them," commented Sandi Hemmerlein, Vice President, Marketing for Kidz Bop. Hemmerlein also noted, "Every kid can be star just by entering - and having their video featured on KIDZBOP.com. And because we want to involve as many kids as possible, the "Be a KIDZ BOP Star" National Talent Search intentionally has not just one winner, but four - all of whom will become real-life Kidz Bop Kids."

"There is no better backdrop in the world to shoot the KIDZ BOP music video than at our Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa. Afterall, Providenciales is known for its turquoise waters & white sugar sand beaches. Our staff is anxiously awaiting the four winners and we look forward to giving them the star treatment as they are taped and also perform for our guests. This will be a perfect complement to our nightly family entertainment," said Maggie Rivera, Director of Public Relations for Beaches Resorts.

The contest highlights the newly-introduced video player on KIDZBOP.com, which features the most popular KIDZ BOP video content as well as "kid-generated" content uploaded by visitors to the site. The revised Web site also allows kids to create artwork, play games, and create their own profile page in My KIDZ BOP World, a section where they can save their favorite features of the site and showcase all of their own content, which they can also share with friends who join them on the site.

"True to the KIDZ BOP brand, KIDZBOP.com is becoming a 'By Kids for Kids' online destination. This carefully monitored site is the only place where kids can safely watch kid-friendly user-generated content by other kids just like them," said Edith Bellinghausen, Vice President, New Media for Razor & Tie Entertainment, the parent company of KIDZ BOP. "It's a great social network for kids who share a love of all things KIDZ BOP."

A phenomenon among kids 4-11 and a favorite among parents, KIDZ BOP has been named the #1 children's music series from 2002 through 2006 by Billboard and features today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP CDs have sold more than 10 million units since the audio series launched just six years ago, with nine Gold-certified releases and each of its last five releases debuting in the top 10 of Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.