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December 19, 2007

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS IS THE #2 FILM IN THE COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN $44 MILLION BOX OFFICE GROSS

ORGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK IS #2 ON ITUNES TOP ALBUM CHART; CHIPMUNKS MUSIC VIDEO "WITCH DOCTOR" AVAILABLE NOW ON RHAPSODY.COM

(NEW YORK, NY) - ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS live action/CGI motion picture opens at #2 with a $44 million box office gross. The original motion picture soundtrack, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, is currently the #2 album on the iTunes top album chart and is the greatest gainer on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart (up 189%) landing at #67, with over 28,000 units scanned in this week alone. The soundtrack is also in the Top 10 for both the Billboard Soundtrack and Digital Sales charts at #7 and #10, respectively. The latest music video from Alvin and the Chipmunks for the hit song "Witch Doctor" also premiered on Rhapsody.com. The video features footage from the film as well as additional footage of the "Witch Doctor" dance craze. Watch the video here.

Variety declared "Hollywood is counting on 20th Century Fox's live-action/CGI hybrid Alvin and the Chipmunks to usher in a merry holiday season." The success of the movie and soundtrack comes on the heels of a number of high profile television appearances by the film cast and Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise owners, Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman (who are also the film co-producers). Appearances included The Today Show, FOX & Friends, Live with Regis & Kelly, FOX Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, The Rachael Ray Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and MTV's Total Request Live.

The motion picture features Chipmunks lead character, Dave Seville transforming singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore into pop sensations - while the out-of-control trio lays waste to Dave's home, wreaks havoc with his career, and turns Dave's once-orderly life upside-down. The film stars Jason Lee, Cameron Richardson and David Cross - and as the voices of Alvin and the Chipmunks, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney.

The original motion picture soundtrack showcases the Chipmunks' signature sound and modern takes on rock, pop, reggae and hip hop, produced by Ali Dee (Mya, Shakira). Included among the songs are renditions of classics such as "Funkytown," "Witch Doctor," and "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)". Stand out new songs include "Get Munk'd," "Coast to Coast," "Follow Me Now," as well as a cover of the Top 40 hit "Bad Day."

A global phenomenon to generations of fans, Alvin and the Chipmunks have sold more than 43 million albums worldwide and won three Grammy awards. The Chipmunks have engaged audiences for decades with animated television shows, feature films, album releases and video games. In 2008, Alvin and the Chipmunks will celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

December 10, 2007

FIREFLY MOBILE AND KIDZ BOP PLAY TOGETHER

CHICAGO, IL/NEW YORK, NY (December, 2007) -Firefly Mobile, America's leading designer, developer and manufacturer of innovative technology-based mobile products for kids and tweens, and Kidz Bop LLC, the owner of the best selling KIDZ BOP children's audio series, today jointly announced an agreement that will give kids the ability to download KIDZ BOP videos, ring tones and wallpapers to their flyPhone.

Firefly Mobile's newest phone, the flyPhone , designed especially for mobile kids and tweens, features a MP3 player, video player, camera, games customizable ring tones and wallpapers that are most desireable for kids and tweens. Perfect for this innovative new phone, some of KIDZ BOP's most popular videos, wallpapers and ring tones will be available through Firefly's online store, "flyStore" for downloading onto the new flyPhone, which launched on store shelves in October.

"The new flyPhone gives kids and tweens another way to enjoy mobile entertainment created especially for them," said Edith Bellinghausen, Vice President, New Media for Razor & Tie Entertainment (the parent company of Kidz Bop LLC). "We are thrilled to bring KIDZ BOP's exciting content to the flyPhone experience in a way that lets kids and tweens personalize their phone. At the same time, parents can be assured that their kids and tweens are finding age appropriate materials at the flyStore," says Patrick Marry, CEO of Firefly Mobile.

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. The CD series features today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids - which lets parents enjoy the most current songs in a kid-friendly atmosphere.

A phenomenon among kids and tweens 4-11 and a favorite among parents, KIDZ BOP is crossing over from CDs (10 million sold) to the concert stage with KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR, which launched in October. The tour, featuring six kids, two young adults and a rock band, will run through May '08. With the most talented kids, a live rock band, lights, dancing and more, it's the ultimate kid-friendly music event and the only rock concert where kids are the stars.

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.

About Firefly Mobile
Firefly Mobile is dedicated to making everyday life easier by providing unique mobile products for niche markets. The original Firefly Blue phone is winner of the 2007 Red Herring 100 Award, 2006 Consumer Electronic Association "Best of Innovations" Award, 2006 Kid Power Breakout Award and 2005 CTIA Wireless Widget Award for Coolest New Wireless Device. The company's products are targeted to children from ages 5-12 and are available at major retailers in the U.S. including Target, Toys R Us, Kmart, BarnesandNoble.com, as well as regional mobile phone operators. Firefly Mobile presently manufactures cell phones for the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Australia. For more information, please visit www.fireflymobile.com.

December 06, 2007

WORLD MUSIC SUPERSTAR ANGELIQUE KIDJO AND SOUL MAN RYAN SHAW RECEIVE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

(New York, NY) -In today's announcement ceremony for the 50th annual Grammy Awards, breakout soul artist Ryan Shaw was recognized in the category of Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "I am Your Man" from his debut release THIS IS RYAN SHAW. This marks Shaw's first Grammy nomination. International music star Angelique Kidjo was also recognized in the category of Best Contemporary World Album for her Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Entertainment release DJIN DJIN. This is Kidjo's fifth Grammy nomination.

Produced by Jimmy Bralower and Johnny Gale, THIS IS RYAN SHAW is a revitalization of the golden age of R&B. Shaw's songs are rapidly moving the young singer to the forefront of modern soul. The critical acclaim continues as People Magazine recently 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 San Francisco Chronicle stated, "he achieves the perfect balance between raw passion and melisma-rich vocal prowess". Shaw recently performed on the The Ellen Degeneres Show. In addition, Ryan has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, "The CBS Saturday Early Show", Last Call with Carson Daly and Ellen Degeneres' first-ever primetime variety special Ellen's Really Big Show.

Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti, DJIN DJIN finds the Benin-born Angelique Kidjo partnering with such luminaries as Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone, Branford Marsalis and Ziggy Marley to create an album which is truly global in scope. The album has received an abundance of critical praise. The Associated Press stated, "Musical collaborations based on mutual respect can elevate both performer's artistry. Angelique Kidjo packs DJIN DJIN with just these kinds of duets from artists...in three words, lush, dense and beautiful", while USA Today said, "the Benin-born singer delivers a thoroughly engaging collection of songs...she spans musical cultures with her mesmerizing vocals...Kidjo seizes your attention and then keeps you riveted." This year alone, Kidjo has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Show With David Letterman and The CBS Saturday Early Show.