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January 30, 2008

KIDZ BOP BRAND FURTHERS ITS EXPANSION WITH MORE PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE NEW YEAR

DIGITAL BLUE AND ZIZZLE TOYS/ELECTRONICS DUE OUT

(New York, NY) - KIDZ BOP has partnered with two of the world's top kids consumer electronic brands - Digital Blue and Zizzle - to debut new lines of KIDZ BOP musical toys at Toy Fair '08.

Digital Blue, an award-winning Atlanta-based electronics and software firm that develops consumer electronics for children of all ages, is responsible for a new audio format of the KIDZ BOP line that goes beyond traditional CDs and music available for download. Beginning in spring 2008, Digital Blue will debut at retail a KIDZ BOP line of digital musical cards preloaded with full-length CDs, including KIDZ BOP 12 and MORE KIDZ BOP GOLD. The digital musical cards work with the Digital Blue's media players and others in the market.

KIDZ BOP is also proud to team up with Zizzle which is the company responsible for a line of electronic music toys supporting Disney's High School Musical, and is the Master Toy Licensee for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise among other projects. Zizzle will create a line of KIDZ BOP-themed toys and electronics including dance mats, microphones, karaoke items and other musical items. The line will premiere at the New York Toy Fair in February 2008 and will be available to the public in spring 2009.

KIDZ BOP Vice President of Children's Entertainment Kevin O'Connor commented, "We're thrilled to be working with Digital Blue and Zizzle. They both are innovative companies looking to bring the power and excitement of KIDZ BOP music to kids' electronics and toys." Tim Hall, Digital Blue CEO said, "We look forward to a long and happy partnership with KIDZ BOP that will help us to continue developing award-winning products that millions of kids and teens worldwide find entertaining and educational." "We are very much looking forward to the new relationship with KIDZ BOP and we are very excited for the potential of our new KIDZ BOP musical toys," said Roger Shiffman, CEO and President of Zizzle.

From its beginnings as the multi-million selling children's audio series created in 2001, the KIDZ BOP brand has expanded into a variety of categories including licensed products, live entertainment(KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR)and a hot destination website for kids(www.kidzbop.com).


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. The KIDZ BOP WORLD TOUR launched this fall, playing in theaters and small arenas across the country. This summer, KIDZ BOP's line of musical greeting cards by American Greetings launches at retail. 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 DIGITAL BLUE

Digital Blue is the leader in electronics and software geared to the youth market. By creating innovative, award-winning and fun products, millions of kids and teens worldwide have discovered that Digital Blue products are entertaining and educational. Among Digital Blue's portfolio of original products is an arsenal of strategic licenses including those with industry leader Disney, teen favorites American Idol and Tony Hawk and the cornerstone of educational excellence, the Smithsonian Institute. For more information please visit www.digiblue.com.


ABOUT ZIZZLE LLC

Zizzle LLC is manufacturing and marketing a line of electronic music toys supporting Disney's High School Musical. The company has created a new craft line called Spotz, offering personalized gems girls create with a unique web application available at spotzgirl.com. Zizzle is the Master Toy Licensee for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The company is also producing a line of electronic learning aids that feature the trusted Hooked on Phonics learning approach. Zizzle has developed an arcade pinball machine for home use, a broad line of hand held Electronics Games featuring the ESPN, Nickelodeon and Disney licenses and many other toys. To learn more about Zizzle log on to www.zizzle.com.

January 22, 2008

RAZOR & TIE TO RELEASE KIDZ BOP 13 FEBRUARY 19TH

YAHOO! KIDS PARTNERS WITH KIDZ BOP FOR DEDICATED FEATURE

(New York, NY) - On February 19th, Razor & Tie Entertainment will release KIDZ BOP 13, 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. KIDZ BOP 13 will be enhanced with a special music video montage for the original song, "Kidz Bop World" which features footage from the KIDZ BOP LIVE tour. The tour's first leg recently wrapped and will pick up again in the summer.

A phenomenon among kids 4-11 and a favorite among parents, the KIDZ BOP series has sold 10.5 million CDs since launching seven years ago, with nine Gold-certified releases to date.

In other KIDZ BOP news, Yahoo! Kids (http://kids.yahoo.com) has partnered with the brand to create a dedicated site within the portal that will feature exclusive video content, with new videos added on a regular basis. Videos will include a series of behind-the-scenes footage from KIDZ BOP LIVE, entries for the Dodge "Let The Music Drive You" contest, games, e-cards and more. The feature launched on Thursday, January 17th and will be available on Yahoo! Kids all year long.

KIDZ BOP 13 track listing:

1. Party Like A Rockstar
2. Who Knew
3. Big Girls Don't Cry
4. The Great Escape
5. Beautiful Girls
6. When You're Gone
7. Hey There Delilah
8. I Don't Want To Be In Love
9. Apologize
10. Over You
11. Wait For You
12. Me Love
13. First Time
14. No One
15. Bubbly
16. S.O.S.
17. Hate That I Love You
18. Tattoo

January 09, 2008

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK CLIMBS IN TO TOP 15 OF BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUM CHART

FILM BOX OFFICE GROSS IS OVER $250 MILLION WORLDWIDE TO DATE

(NEW YORK, NY) - The original motion picture soundtrack ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS continues to buck the post-holiday sales slump by selling over 250,000 units to date. This week the soundtrack climbs to #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, #2 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart, and #5 on the Billboard Digital Sales chart. The album has sustained unparalleled digital sales and remains in the top 10 on the iTunes Top Album chart (climbing as high as #2 earlier this week)! Cumulative sales for individual tracks from the soundtrack are fast approaching 1 million. Celebrating their sixth decade on the charts, the Chipmunks are also the only artist with four songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, with more songs charting than Kanye West, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

In the fourth week of release, the 20th Century Fox live action/CGI motion picture Alvin and The Chipmunks is still one of the Top 4 movies in the country with over $250 million box office gross worldwide. Both soundtrack sales and box office projections remain strong for the coming week. Alvin and The Chipmunks is now the highest grossing talking animal or live action cartoon adaptation on record, grossing more than movies like Stuart Little and Scooby-Doo.

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.