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August 28, 2007

KIDZ BOP SIGNS DODGE BRAND AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR

TOUR PROVIDES VENUE FOR EXCLUSIVE DODGE MUSIC VIDEO PLUS CHANCE TO WIN ALL-NEW 2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN THROUGH "LET THE MUSIC DRIVE YOU" SWEEPSTAKES

(New York, NY) - KIDZ BOP, the most popular and most recognized children's audio brand in the U.S., has secured the Dodge Grand Caravan as the presenting sponsor of its highly-anticipated KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR, the first rock concert designed for kids. The tour, in partnership with VEE Corporation, will hit more than 80 markets beginning on October 12th in Davenport, IA, and will bring KIDZ BOP to life for its millions of fans.

"We're thrilled to partner with the Dodge brand for the launch of the KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR," said Kevin M. O'Connor, Vice President for Children's Entertainment, Kidz Bop LLC. "Dodge has recognized the impact that the KIDZ BOP brand has on kids and parents. The tour is the perfect venue for sponsorship opportunities because it provides a cool activity for kids, safe environment for parents and great experience that the entire family can enjoy."

"Engaging kids and parents in activities they can do together is an integral part of both of our brands," said Mark Spencer, Senior Manager - Dodge Brand Communications. "The KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR coincides with the introduction of our all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan - a virtual 'family room on wheels' - that provides many new family-friendly features including a dual DVD system that can play different media at the same time. Families can listen to their KIDZ BOP CDs or watch their personalized video in the Caravan while spending quality time together."

Designed as an introduction to a real, live rock show experience - in the same kind of kid-friendly environment KIDZ BOP is known for providing - the KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR is a live concert experience featuring a full band, with vocal duties shared by adults and kids alike. Like the KIDZ BOP brand itself, the KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR encourages kids to get up and sing along. With local participants, video screens and song voting, kids will be the biggest part of the show. A VEE Corporation/Kidz Bop LLC Production, this is KIDZ BOP's first full-scale venture into the world of live family entertainment. VEE is the premier company for live family entertainment, also producing Sesame Street Live which is now in its 27th year.

Information about the all-new Dodge Grand Caravan will be available at every KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR performance and audience members will preview a special music video, produced exclusively for Dodge by KIDZ BOP, during the pre-show and intermission. Kids around the country will then have the opportunity to make their own version of music video as part of the "Let the Music Drive You" online contest, also sponsored by Dodge and hosted on KIDZBOP.com. The contest, which runs the duration of the tour, invites kids to download a KIDZ BOP song from KIDZBOP.com, create their music video, then upload the video back onto the site. At the end of the submission period, visitors to the website will view and vote on one Grand Prize winner of a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT for his or her family. Submissions will be accepted October 10th, 2007-May 31st, 2008.

The Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the leading family vehicles in the U.S. With its exclusive SIRIUS Backseat TV, Swivel n'Go Seating System and one-touch power third row folding seats, it is extremely popular with families of younger children, who have tremendous influence over the vehicular purchase decisions. According to O'Connor, this is a great brand fit since 43% of all families in their customer base report listening to KIDZ BOP music in their car and 78% of moms say they find themselves singing along with KIDZ BOP (KIDZ BOP 2004 Quantitative Study).

Dodge joins Better Homes & Gardens and Juicy Juice Harvest Surpise as partners in sponsorship of KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR. Better Homes & Gardens is the tour's media partner, while Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise will be distributing samples of their new product at shows.

ABOUT KIDZ BOP LLC
KIDZ BOP is the most-popular and most-recognized music product in the U.S. for kids aged 4-11, selling over 10 Million CDs in 6 years. Featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids, KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned nine Gold-certified albums since their debut in 2001. A number of brand extensions have helped launch KIDZ BOP into a certifiable phenomenon. KIDZBOP.com has become a fast-growing online destination, where kids can create, share and watch a variety of content, including games and activities based on music and creativity. A national tour will roll out to theaters and small arenas across the country in Fall 2007, and a variety of licensed products are currently available, including products from Hasbro's Tiger Electronics. Kidz Bop LLC is a division of New York-based independent entertainment company Razor & Tie Entertainment, a vertically-integrated company that encompasses a music company with major label distribution, a home video company, a media buying company, a music publishing business, a direct marketing operation and a growing database of entertainment consumers. For more information, please visit www.kidzbop.com.

ABOUT DODGE
As originator of the modern minivan, Dodge has pioneered more minivan innovations than any other brand in the marketplace and has been the sales leader for 23 consecutive years. Since, 1983, Dodge has sold more than 12 million minivans. Today's families are on the move and the all-new Dodge Grand Caravan is purpose-built to serve their everyday needs with new features and technology that brings the comforts of home to the road. With a U.S. market share of six percent, Dodge is The New Chrysler's best-selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2006, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market. Dodge continues to lead the minivan market with a 20 percent market share in the U.S. In the highly competitive truck market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share. Last year, Dodge entered key European volume segments with Nitro and Caliber. Dodge Avenger made its European debut this year.

August 21, 2007

ARE YOU READY FOR MORE ROCK N' ROLL AT CHRISTMASTIME? MONSTER BALLADS XMAS MAKES ITS DEBUT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

(New York, NY) - Inspired by the success of the platinum-certified, best-selling MONSTER BALLADS collections and last year's surprise Christmas hit, Twisted Sister's A TWISTED CHRISTMAS, Razor & Tie Entertainment is proud to announce a must-have for any rock and roll fan - MONSTER BALLADS XMAS. Featuring such hair metal icons as Winger, Queensryche, Dokken, Twisted Sister and many more, the album contains rockin' versions of Christmas favorites - both old and new. New recordings by Skid Row, Winger, Nelson, Queensryche and members of Cinderella and Warrant are available for the first time ever on this super-charged Christmas collection.

MONSTER BALLADS XMAS is co-executive produced by Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, a man who knows a thing or two about metal. French commented, "80s bands are more popular than ever. The MONSTER BALLADS XMAS CD will bring the party vibe into the holiday season with enough hairspray to further enlarge the hole in the ozone layer above the North Pole." MONSTER BALLADS XMAS is available in stores beginning September 11th.

MONSTER BALLADS XMAS track listing:

1. "Jingle Bells" - Skid Row
2. "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" - Winger
3. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Jani Lane of Warrant
4. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Twisted Sister with Lita Ford
5. "White Christmas" - Queensryche
6. "Run Rudolph Run" - L.A. Guns
7. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" - Firehouse
8. "Naughty Naughty Christmas" - Danger Danger
9. "Blue Christmas" - Tom Keifer of Cinderella
10. "Jingle Bell Rock" - Nelson
11. "Silent Night" - Faster Pussycat
12. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - Dokken
13. "Happy Holiday" - Enuff Z'Nuff
14. "Winter Wonderland" - Stryper
15. "Christmas Love" - Billy Idol

August 20, 2007

COREY SMITH INKS WITH RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT

MYSPACE PHENOM'S NEW ALBUM "HARD-HEADED FOOL" DUE OUT IN STORES SEPTEMBER 25TH

(New York, NY) - Further expanding its involvement with talented up-and-coming artists, Razor & Tie Entertainment has announced the signing of Corey Smith to an exclusive North American distribution deal. A former high school teacher and Jefferson, Georgia-native, Smith is consistently ranked as the #1 unsigned country artist on Myspace.com and is in the Top 30 among artists of all genres, with nearly 60,000 friends flocking to his site enjoying more than 3.5 million plays of his music. A relentless tour schedule since Smith's becoming a full time artist at the beginning of 2006 has resulted in over 100 sold-out shows in more than 50 markets in the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic and $2.5 million in ticket revenues, averaging nearly 1,000 tickets sold per show over the past twelve months. In addition, Soundscan has captured upwards of 150,000 individual track downloads from his three catalog albums.

Razor & Tie will immediately take over the physical distribution of Smith's new album, HARD-HEADED FOOL, which streets on September 25th (it is currently only available digitally). Razor & Tie has already taken over the bricks and mortar distribution of Smith's three catalog albums: 2005's GOOD LIFE and 2004's IN THE MOOD, 2003's UNDERTONES. All of Smith's albums are released on the Undertones Records, Inc. label. Of Smith, St. Louis' Riverfront Times stated, "His clear voice and earnest delivery - possessing equal parts soul and twang - is particularly suited in laying out his latitudinous lyrics for the Everyman," while Nashville's Tennessean declared, "If you haven't heard of Corey Smith yet, don't worry, you will soon."

August 16, 2007

DAR WILLIAMS FIRST-EVER LIVE DVD DUE OCTOBER 16TH

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie Entertainment is set to release singer/songwriter Dar Williams' first-ever live DVD, LIVE AT BEARSVILLE THEATER, on October 16th. Performing her greatest hits and personal favorites, the DVD showcases Williams' compelling and thought-provoking music in a captivating live performance from a 2-night stint at the legendary Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. This extended DVD will feature bonus videos and behind the scenes footage, and was produced by Ellenbogen Productions (Joss Stone, KT Tunstall) in High Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

"Performing live in front of audiences is where I am most at home," says Williams. "The idea of capturing it on film for the first time was just a dream come true."

Her first release in over two years, this deluxe 15 track DVD captures Williams at her best. Comprised of a solo set as well as full backing band performance, Williams illuminates the stories behind her music with her trademark humor and warmth. The DVD also features a brand new song, "The Easy Way", as well as a spirited rendition of The Grateful Dead classic "Ripple." Over the years, Williams' artistic reputation has earned her critical acclaim. Rolling Stone raved "Seasons change, but Williams remains both ambitious and pleasingly plain-spoken" and Paste proclaimed "a new generation of pop-folk enthusiasts lauds her as one of the genre's central figures."

The politically and socially conscious Williams has captivated audiences across the country with her live performances. She continues to tour regularly (please see below for a full itinerary).

LIVE AT BEARSVILLE THEATER track listing:

1. When I Was a Boy
2. The Ocean
3. The One Who Knows
4. The Christians and the Pagans
5. February
6. Iowa
7. The Babysitter's Here
8. As Cool As I Am
9. Spring Street
10. If I Wrote You
11. Mercy of The Fallen
12. Are You Out There
13. The Beauty of the Rain
14. The Easy Way
15. After All
16. Ripple

Dar Williams on tour:

August
17 Winters, CA The Palms
18 Hopland, CA Sol Fest

September
5 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
6 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
7 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
8 Oberlin, OH Oberlin College
9 Covington, KY Carnegie Visual & Performance Centre
12 State College, PA State Theatre
13 Phoenixville, PA Colonial Theatre
14 Westbury, NY North Folk Theater

November
2 Fairfield, CT Fairfield University
8 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
9 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
10 Alexandria, VA Birchmere

December
1 New York, NY City Folk Live - Zankel Hall

August 08, 2007

KIDZ BOP 12 IS 6TH CONSECUTIVE KIDZ BOP TITLE TO DEBUT IN BILLBOARD TOP 10

NEWLY-RELAUNCHED KIDZBOP.COM BOASTS 4 MIILLION VIDEO STREAMS AND 650,000 UNIQUE VISITORS IN JULY

(New York, NY) - KIDZ BOP 12 is the 6th consecutive KIDZ BOP title to debut in the Billboard Top 10 entering the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at the #7 position. In addition, KIDZ BOP 12 sold more albums via the internet than other album in the United States.

The release of KIDZ BOP 12 comes on the heels of the relaunch of KIDZBOP.com. The new site which allows kids to upload and watch videos has had over 4 million video streams and 650,000 unique visitors for the month of July (its first in operation). In other news, the KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR kicks off in Davenport, IA on October 12th, 2007 and then continues to more than 80 markets nationwide.

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 to date.

August 06, 2007

VH1 CLASSIC AND RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT DONATE PROCEEDS FROM A TWISTED CHRISTMAS TO AUTISM SPEAKS/CURE AUTISM NOW

A TWISTED CHRISTMAS LIVE DVD DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 25TH

(New York, NY) - Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Jay Jay French recently stopped by the VH1 Classic offices to present Autism Speaks/Cure Autism Now with a check for $17,000. The check represents the proceeds from Twisted Sister's A TWISTED CHRISTMAS, the rockin' holiday album that enamored both critics and fans alike.

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". The Associated Press raved, "This is, quite simply, the best hard rock Christmas album ever made, and one of the best rock ní roll Christmas albums - period - since Elvis made his. It's that good." A half-hour music special about the album, "Hangin' With Twisted Sister" aired on VH1 Classic throughout the month of December, 2006. The album garnered the legendary band their first national television appearances with performances on The Tonight Show and The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

The album's success prompted demand for a live DVD of Twisted Sister's take on Christmas. On September 25th, Razor & Tie Entertainment will release A TWISTED CHRISTMAS LIVE, a DVD of the band's holiday '06 show at New Jersey's legendary Starland Ballroom. The DVD will feature performances of tunes from A TWISTED CHRISTMAS, as well as Twisted Sister's greatest hits.

Formed in 1976, Twisted Sister ruled the radio airwaves and MTV in the 1980's 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.

Please click on the following link for a photo (shown left-to-right: Razor & Tie SVP, Marketing Michael Krumper, Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French and Dee Snider, MTV Music Network and Logo SVP, DVD and Audio Paul DeGooyer, VH1 EVP, Music and Talent Programming Rick Krim, CAN/Autism Speaks Volunteer Mark Spellman and Autism Speaks EVP, Awareness and Communications Alison Singer):

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