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September 27, 2007

SOUL MAN RYAN SHAW CONFIRMED FOR "LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY" AND "ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW" BOOKINGS

TOUR DATES WITH JOSS STONE CONTINUE; NEW SINGLE
"DO THE 45" GOING FOR ADDS AT RADIO

(New York, NY) - With his soulful voice and electrifying stage presence, rising star Ryan Shaw has been creating quite the buzz industry-wide. Shaw was one of the featured performers in the highly-publicized "Dream" concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The concert goal was to raise funds for a Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington, DC. Alongside such legends as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and many more, Shaw's talent was obvious to all. Newsday described his performance ("A Change Is Gonna Come" duet with Joss Stone) a "stunner," while The New York Post called it a "standout."

Shaw is currently on the road performing with Joss Stone, as well as doing his own headlining dates and a stint supporting The Derek Trucks Band. Shaw will perform on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly" on Tuesday, October 9th and NBC's "The Ellen Degeneres Show" on Monday, December 3rd. He is also slated to perform at another high-profile concert: the upcoming Tribute to Elton John and Bernie Taupin at New York's Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 10th. The concert will benefit Music For Youth, the UJA Federation's of New York's initiative supporting music education programs for underprivileged and at-risk youth.

In other Ryan Shaw news, the second single from his debut album THIS IS RYAN SHAW, "Do The 45" is going for adds at radio. Released a few months ago, THIS IS RYAN SHAW 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."

RYAN SHAW on tour:

SEPTEMBER
29 Kansas City, MO The Crossroads*

OCTOBER
1 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
2 Detroit, MI The Fillmore*
10 New York, NY Carnegie Hall (Elton John/Bernie Taupin Tribute)
11 Annapolis, MD Ram's Head On Stage
13 South Orange, NJ South Orange PAC
14 Atlanta, GA Echo Project Festival (w/The Killers, The Roots, The Flaming Lips and more)
16 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill
17 Columbus, OH Capitol Theatre
19 Knoxville, TN Blue Cats
20 Durham, NC Duke University
21 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage
23 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
26 Tampa, FL Orpheum
27 Orlando, FL Lake Island Park (WLOQ show)

NOVEMBER
4 Wilmington, DE The Baby Grand
6 Northampton, MA The Iron Horse
8 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite**
9 Durham, NC Durham Theatre**
10 State College, PA State Theater**
11 Rochester, NY Water Street**
14 San Diego, CA 4th & B
16 Los Angeles, CA El Rey (w/Lyrics Born)
17 San Francisco, CA The Independent (w/Lyrics Born)

* supporting Joss Stone
** supporting The Derek Trucks Band


September 25, 2007

RAZOR & TIE PUBLISHING SIGNS LEGENDARY SONGWRITER HUGH PRESTWOOD TO EXCLUSIVE CO-PUBLISHING DEAL

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie has added legendary country songwriter Hugh Prestwood to the roster of its publishing unit. Senior Vice President, Music Publishing J.W. Johnson commented, "It's an honor to work with a songwriter of Hugh's stature. We look forward to adding to his legendary acheivements with future hits." Prestwood's deal with Razor & Tie Publishing is co-exclusive worldwide co-publishing with Skyline Music.

Hugh Prestwood has been a fixture in the country music scene for almost thirty years. He got his start in 1978, when Judy Collins discovered him and gave him his first hit song, "Hard Times For Lovers." Collins subsequently recorded five more of his songs. Since then, Prestwood has penned #1 hits for Randy Travis ("Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart"), Trisha Yearwood ("The Song Remembers When"), Crystal Gayle ("The Sound Of Goddbye") and more. He has also written songs for such iconic country music stars as Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty and The Judds.

Three of Hugh Prestwood's songs have been nominated for Grammys. In 1994, he received a Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Music And Lyrics" for his composition, "The Song Remembers When," featured in the Disney special "Trisha Yearwood - The Song Remembers When." Prestwood was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall Of Fame last year.

On September 26th, Skyline Music, BMI and The Bluebird Cafe will present "Bluebird on the Bridge: An Evening With Hugh Prestwood and Friends," a special acoustic performance to benefit the Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum. Special guests will be announced shortly.

September 24, 2007

KIDZ BOP PARTNERS WITH AMERICAN GREETINGS TO CREATE MUSICAL GREETING CARDS FOR NORTH AMERICA

NEW LINE WITH SOUND CHIPS WILL HAVE KIDS DANCING TO
POPULAR KIDZ BOP TUNES EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE MAILBOX

(New York, NY) - KIDZ BOP, the most popular and most recognized children's audio brand in the U.S., has partnered with American Greetings for a new line of social expression products. The new line, which will launch in Summer 2008, will be available throughout the United States and Canada and includes greeting cards for birthdays and all major holidays, as well as giftbags. The cards and giftbags feature cool KIDZ BOP graphics and play KIDZ BOP songs with the help of a specially embedded sound chip.

"We're thrilled that American Greetings has chosen KIDZ BOP to launch its new line of musical social expression products," said Kevin M. O'Connor, Vice President Children's Entertainment, Kidz Bop LLC. "Moms know KIDZ BOP cards and stationery items are the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion with music that every kid loves," he said.

The cards and gift bags will each come with a specially embedded sound chip that, when activated, plays a KIDZ BOP song - sung by kids for kids. The new collection from American Greetings offers the perfect option for consumers looking for innovative and age-appropriate social expression products for kids. The new offering also increases the footprint of KIDZ BOP at retail. Now parents and kids will be able to find KIDZ BOP products in the audio, toy, health & beauty and greeting card sections of their favorite stores.

"KIDZ BOP is the ideal partner for launching this new line of juvenile musical greeting cards," said Janice Ross, Vice President, In-Bound Licensing for American Greetings. "It gives us the opportunity to provide fun and authentic social expression products specially targeted to kids," she said.

The American Greetings social expression line joins the growing KIDZ BOP franchise. In October, KIDZ BOP launches the KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR, a live show already booked in 80 venues. The newly relaunched KIDZ BOP website (www.kidzbop.com) boasted 4 million video streams and 650,000 unique visitors in its first month alone. KIDZ BOP 12 debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart last month.

ABOUT AMERICAN GREETINGS
American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) is one of the world's largest manufacturers of social expression products. Along with greeting cards, its product lines include gift wrap, party goods, stationery, calendars, ornaments and electronic greetings. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $1.7 billion. For more information, please visit http://corporate.americangreetings.com.

September 20, 2007

ROCK WITH A SWAGGER IS BACK: ENDEVERAFTER SIGNS WITH RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT WORLDWIDE; DEBUT ALBUM "KISS OR KILL" DUE OUT OCTOBER 30TH

BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO CLIP HITS #1 ON YOUTUBE;
TOUR DATES WITH FUEL/TRAPT CONFIRMED

(New York, NY) - Catchy melodies, huge guitar riffs, thrashy drums, cocksure attitude and a killer live show - EndeverafteR possesses all the elements that a kick-ass rock n' roll band should have. Hailing from Sacramento, CA, the young quartet is already creating a buzz well before the release of their debut album KISS OR KILL. A sexy, behind-the-scenes look at their triple X-rated video shoot for "Baby, Baby, Baby (Baby x3)" (a track from their debut album), filmed by NGTV (No Good TV), was the #1 Most Viewed video on YouTube with nearly 500,000 views in one day alone. The footage documents the backstage antics of the band and their scantily-clad video co-stars - check it out here.

Although at the very beginning of their career, the EndeverafteR live show is so impressive that it has won them opening slots for rock legends such as KISS, Poison and Cinderella. The band will hit the road as support for the Fuel/Trapt co-headlining tour in mid-October (see below for tour dates). EndeverafteR's debut album KISS OR KILL is due out on October 30th, with first single "I Wanna Be Your Man" shipping to rock radio earlier in the month. EndeverafteR is Michael Grant (vocals, guitar), Kristan Mallory (guitar), Tommi Andrews (bass) and Eric Humbert (drums).

EndeverafteR on tour with Fuel/Trapt:

OCTOBER
16 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
18 Maplewood, MN The Rock
19 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
22 Mt. Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre
23 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
25 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre's
26 Traverse City, MI Streeters
27 Flint, MI Machine Shop
28 Rochester, NY Water Street
30 Allentown, PA Crocodile
31 Albany, NY Northern Lights


NOVEMBER
1 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
2 Worcester, MA Palladium
4 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
5 State College, PA Cell Block
6 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
7 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
9 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
10 Richmond, VA Toad's Place
12 Norfolk, VA The Norva
13 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend
16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
17 Tampa, FL Jannus Landing
18 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
27 Tallahassee, FL Floyd's Music Store
28 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
30 Houston, TX Meridien

DECEMBER
1 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street
4 Denver, CO Gothic
5 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine
7 Phoenix, AZ Marquee
8 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
9 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
11 Las Vegas, CA House Of Blues
12 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues


KELLY SWEET LENDS VOICE OF SUPPORT TO YWCA; SWEET PERFORMS SPECIAL CONCERT FOR YWCA WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE IN OCTOBER

NEW SINGLE "DREAM ON" RECEIVING GREAT REACTION AT RADIO

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie recording artist Kelly Sweet will lend her music and voice to support the important mission of the YWCA USA. Sweet's first initiative is to bring awareness to the problem of domestic and intimate partner violence, particularly against America's young women. Kelly will be an official spokesperson for the YWCA Week Without Violence starting on October 14th and will close the week with a performance on October 19th at Marymount University in Arlington Virginia. Consistent with the theme of this year's YWCA Week Without Violence, "Enough!", Kelly will be spreading the word about the YWCA's outstanding work to empower women through this campaign and other YWCA outreach efforts. Songs from Kelly's debut album, WE ARE ONE, will be used in various public outreach efforts during 2008, which is YWCA 150th anniversary year.

"We are excited to have Kelly adding her voice to our quest to empower women and bring attention to the countless women who are threatened by violence in this country and around the world," said Lorraine Cole, Ph.D., YWCA USA CEO.

The YWCA Week Without Violence is a nationwide annual campaign that highlights practical, sustainable alternatives to violence in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities. To commemorate the 2007 YWCA Week Without Violence, held October 14th-20th, the YWCA USA is declaring Enough! to violence by providing comprehensive resources to millions of people around the country to help them eradicate violence from their lives. A grassroots initiative when it began in 1995, today the YWCA Week Without Violence is a global campaign involving women, men and children in hundreds of communities in the United States and in countries around the world.

In other Sweet news, the second single, "Dream On," from her debut album, WE ARE ONE, has just been serviced to radio and is receiving a great response. The single is set to climb the charts in the coming weeks. USA Today raved, "Sweet's relentlessly soothing vocals exhibit lovely tone…her "Dream On" is a must." Recently, Jack Douglas, the producer of the Aerosmith's original recording of the track described Sweet's cover; "Beautiful...sounds like it was written yesterday. Can't wait for the "Boys" to hear it." The song arrives on the heels of the breakout success of the first single from her debut album WE ARE ONE, "Raincoat," which spent weeks in the top 10 on both the AC and Smooth Jazz Charts. The song spent over seven months in the top 30 on both charts making Sweet the highest-charting indie label artist at the AC format this year. Sweet recently wrapped up a 20 city summer tour playing for over 2,000 people a night supporting Dave Koz.

About YWCA USA
The YWCA USA is a national not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to social service, advocacy, education, leadership development and racial justice. Established in the United States in 1858, the YWCA is the oldest and largest national organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls and the elimination of racism. Through nearly 300 local YWCAs located across the nation in almost every state, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the YWCA reaches 2.5 million women and girls, as well as their families. Globally, the YWCA USA is part of an international movement at work in 122 countries serving 25 million women and girls worldwide. For more information, visit www.ywca.org.

September 17, 2007

ANGELIQUE KIDJO TRAVELS TO AFRICA FOR CHARITABLE MISSIONS - INCLUDING WORK FOR HER OWN NEWLY-CREATED BATONGA ORGANIZATION

PROCEEDS FROM NEW VIDEO TO BE DONATED TO OXFAM

(New York, NY) - Only days after wrapping up the support slot of the second leg of Josh Groban's sold-out North American tour, Angelique Kidjo has headed to her home continent of Africa to continue with her dedication to global charity work. The first week of September found Kidjo traveling to the eastern part of Chad, a highly-insecure part of the country which borders on the war-torn region of Darfur in Sudan. Kidjo and other prominent female activists, including former Irish President Mary Robinson, visited refugee camps filled with women who have fled from Darfur, to distribute humanitarian aid.

The trip to Chad was a call to step up the pressure on world leaders to use all diplomatic means to establish an immediate ceasefire in Darfur. There are now more than 4 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Darfur, with 2 million of them living as virtual prisoners in camps they are too scared to leave. In eastern Chad, there are some 230,000 Darfuri refugees in 12 camps, with another 180,000 displaced Chadians forced from their homes. The trip to Chad was documented by Reuters Television – video footage and stills are available.

Kidjo has a longstanding relationship with the aid agency OXFAM whose humanitarian work she saw firsthand in the refugee camps of Chad. The OXFAM link will soon extend into the medium of her first love, music. "Gimme Shelter," the first music video from Kidjo's highly-acclaimed album DJIN DJIN, will be available for purchase on iTunes. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every video which features Joss Stone will be donated to OXFAM.

The second week of September took Kidjo to her home country of Benin, for a UNICEF-sponsored trip where she focused on work for UNICEF and her own newly-created charity, Batonga. For UNICEF, Kidjo highlighted the issue of child trafficking in Benin and launched a national campaign to enroll girls in school aptly titled, "All Girls To School." For more information, please visit UNICEF's website.

Batonga's main goal is to create a culture that values and supports the secondary education of girls in Africa. Kidjo has long-believed that education is the key to precipitating change in her home continent. Kidjo stated, "Batonga is a word not found in dictionaries but it is a yearning in the hearts and minds of all African girls who dream of a better future for themselves and society. I know girls can change Africa; I know girls can make a difference."

Batonga's contribution will center on building secondary schools with student populations that are 50% girls; providing tuition for girls in both secondary school and university; training teachers to upgrade their skills and increase their sensitivity to the needs of girls; and providing mentors to help girls thrive in cultures that do not traditionally support their being in school. At least half of the girls targeted by Batonga will be AIDS orphans who have lost one or both parents to the disease, and these girls will receive additional support so that they can live with relatives or in foster or group homes instead of orphanages or worse, the streets. Batonga's initial geographic focus includes Kidjo's home country of Benin, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Malawi, Rwanda and Ethiopia.