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November 30, 2007

KIDS MUSIC SENSATION KIDZ BOP RELAUNCHES FAMILY-FRIENDLY WEBSITE FEATURING ALL NEW ORIGINAL WEB SERIES - BY KIDS FOR KIDS

TALENT INCLUDES KIDS DISCOVERED ON KIDZBOP.COM

Fresh from the success of their online talent search which generated over 8 million streams, KIDZ BOP - the most popular and most recognized children's audio series in the country - will relaunch its website KIDZBOP.com on December 4th with new interactive capabilities and a bold new lineup of original web series. The shows include a number of series built around "real" kids whose user-generated videos became extremely popular during the site's recent online talent search, "Be a KIDZ BOP Star."

The line-up includes contest winner, Jake Muck, who co-stars with his buddy, Nick Venzin, in "What Up! with Nick and Jake." Other original series include "Work it Out! with Kendall," starring talent search semi-finalist, Kendall Glover; "Rockin' it Old School with Giulietta", starring semi-finalist Giulietta Whitman and "Rising Starz" which highlights additional up-and-coming talent discovered on KIDZBOP.com.

Other highlights include a customized content section dedicated to the first ever KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR with behind-the-scenes clips from the young stars of the tour as they travel from city to city. The page will also include video diaries from the kids in the cast.

Another section, created in partnership with The Paul Green School of Rock, will feature user-uploaded performances shot at School of Rock shows. This is the first time KIDZBOP.com has partnered with a third party content provider. The Paul Green School of Rock is the original and premier performance-based rock music school in the country for kids 7-18. The school was the subject of the documentary "Rock School", which airs regularly on A&E since its debut at Sundance in 2005. It is also the apparent inspiration for the Jack Black hit comedy, School Of Rock.

SOUL MAN RYAN SHAW SHINES ON ELLEN'S PRIMETIME VARIETY SPECIAL

"ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW" BOOKING CONFIRMED FOR NEXT MONTH

Soul singer Ryan Shaw's electrifying performance was one of the highlights on Ellen Degeneres' first ever primetime variety special, "Ellen's Really Big Show". The special aired for the first time on Monday, November 19th, with multiple repeat showings on TBS this week. Shaw shined with the performance of his retro-inspired single, "We Got Love". The African Children's Choir provided choral support for the song. Other featured performers on the show included Sheryl Crow and Barry Manilow. Ellen Degeneres raved, "We had an abundance of talent to chose from like singer Ryan Shaw. He's great and very soulful." He will perform on the "Ellen Degeneres Show" on December 5th.

Shaw continues to tour across the country having recently completed stints with Joss Stone, The Derek Trucks Band and Lyrics Born. In other Ryan Shaw news, the second single from his debut album THIS IS RYAN SHAW, "Do The 45" continues to do well at radio. Shaw will be appear on Chicago's WXRT's New Year's Eve show with Collective Soul and Shawn Mullins.

Released a few months ago, THIS IS RYAN SHAW has earned the Decatur, Georgia native glowing reviews. People Magazine declared, "Ryan Shaw possesses a voice and style that belong to another era, when R&B was about real singers, real instruments and real songs." The Washington Post has called Ryan "full of fire and conviction, exploding with energy and emotion...," while The New York Daily News stated "Ryan Shaw ignites the fires of classic soul."

November 13, 2007

SINGER/SONGWRITER DAVE BARNES' "ME AND YOU AND THE WORLD" DUE OUT APRIL 1ST

CO-HEADLINING TOUR DATES WITH MATT WERTZ CONTINUE; BARNES CONFIRMED FOR FIRST ANNUAL JOHN MAYER "MAYERCRAFT CARRIER" CRUISE

On April 1st 2008, Razor & Tie will release singer/songwriter Dave Barnes' ME AND YOU AND THE WORLD. The album features 12 tracks produced by Ed Cash (Dolly Parton, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman). Nashville-based Barnes is currently co-headlining a tour with Matt Wertz and will kick off the new year with a slot on the first annual John Mayer "Mayercraft Carrier" cruise from February 1st-4th, 2008.

Of his music and new album, Barnes describes his sound "three ways - a punch to the face, a piledriver to the face and a kick to the shin. Okay, okay, I kid, I kid. I hope in most ways it's soulful. That's really the backbone - that you can hear my heart in it...be it fast or funky, or slow and thoughtful, I always hope you can hear my heart in there somewhere."

Armed with his guitar and sense of humor, Barnes' creates an eclectic sound of soul-infused blues-pop-rock on ME AND YOU AND THE WORLD. His soothing vocals and catchy hooks are showcased on tracks such as the first single, "Until You," the emotive ballad "On a Night Like This," and the Motown inspired "Someday." His southern roots shine on songs, "Good World Gone Bad," and the roof-raising gospel number "Carry Me Through."

A prolific songwriter, Barnes not only writes for himself but his work has been performed by other artists including Marc Broussard, Kelly Clarkson, Bethany Dillon, etc. His music has been featured in television shows such as ABC's "Brothers And Sisters" and WB's "Summerland", as well as the films "Employee Of The Month" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend."

Barnes' two self-released albums, 2004's BROTHER, BRING THE SUN and 2006's CHASING MISSISSIPPI both garnered impressive press coverage and substantial album sales. Paste Magazine declares "Barnes is a noticeable notch above the typical acoustic guitar-toting singer/songwriter. His genuine, feel-good energy infects the crowd." He has toured extensively across the country and at festivals such as Bonnaroo. Barnes has established an impressive fan base and list of well-known supporters including John Mayer, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, the latter two made respective guest appearances on his last album.


Dave Barnes/Matt Wertz Tour

NOVEMBER
13 Orlando, FL The Social
14 St Petersburg, FL State Theatre
16 Waco, TX Waco Hall/Baylor University
23 Chicago, IL House of Blues
24 Covington, KY Madison Theater
27 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College Fine Arts
28 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
30 Chattanooga, TN Roland Hays Concert Hall

DECEMBER
1 Nashville, TN City Hall

November 08, 2007

KIDZ BOP AND DODGE LAUNCH "LET THE MUSIC DRIVE YOU" PROMOTION - PUTTING KIDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT TO WIN AN ALL-NEW 2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN

KIDZ BOP, in partnership with the Dodge brand, is launching "Let the Music Drive You," an online contest that encourages kids to star in and produce a music video so they can enter to win an All-New family 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. The "Let The Music Drive You" contest follows the highly-successful "Be A KIDZ BOP Star" talent search hosted on KIDZBOP.com, which resulted in over 1200 entries.

Available today, online at KIDZBOP.com, kids can view a video for "First Time", a special preview track from KIDZ BOP 13, and download a free excerpt of the song to make their own videos. Families can then upload their user-generated "Let The Music Drive You" video contest entries to KIDZBOP.com, where fans will view and rate the videos. At the close of the contest, Dodge will select the winning video based on originality, art direction and performance, and will award the Grand Prize of one All-New 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT to the young filmmaker's family. "Let The Music Drive You" contest submissions will be accepted until May 31st, 2008.

The Dodge brand also serves as a sponsor for the first ever KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR, which hits over 80 cities and runs through June 2008. The "Let The Music Drive You" campaign - which runs throughout the duration of the tour - marks the first time KIDZ BOP has partnered with an automotive company for a large-scale marketing program 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 over 10 million CDs since launching six years ago, with nine Gold-certified releases. KIDZ BOP features today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids and the KIDZ BOP website is the only place where kids can upload and watch fun kid-friendly videos of kids just like themselves.

DODGE BRAND
With a U.S. market share of 7 percent, Dodge is the Chrysler LLC'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 16 percent market share.

The All-New 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan boasts 35 new or improved features, including the newest feature, the Swivel 'n Go* seating system that offers second row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the third-row with a removable table that installs between the two rows, covered storage bins in the floor of the second-row, third-row uncovered storage and fold-in-the-floor third row seating. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the modern day "family room on wheels" with all-new exterior and interior designs for a more contemporary appearance to complement its reputation for outstanding performance. For more information, please visit www.dodge.com/grandcaravan.

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 is currently playing at theaters and small arenas across the country through June 2008. 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.

* Seat must always be locked in forward- or rear-facing mode while vehicle is in motion. When not using table, both top and base must be properly stowed. Always use seat belts.