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February 27, 2008

KIDZ BOP 13 DEBUTS AT #4; TITLE IS 7TH CONSECUTIVE KIDZ BOP TITLE TO DEBUT IN BILLBOARD TOP 10

(New York, NY) - The latest volume from the best-selling children's audio series, KIDZ BOP, has entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #4. KIDZ BOP 13 is the 7th consecutive KIDZ BOP title to debut in the Top 10. In addition, it is the top album on the Children's chart. KIDZ BOP 13 joins another Razor & Tie Entertainment title in the Top 15 - the soundtrack from ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS comes in at #15 this week.

Also launched this week was KIDZBOP.com's poll, where kids can log on and vote. The recently relaunched website's first poll asked kids who they admire most - Oprah Winfrey came in at #1, with President Bush at a distant #2, followed by Bill Gates and then Bono, respectively.

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. Although this is the 13th release in the series - a feat of longevity for any CD series, let alone a children's audio series - the entire KIDZ BOP catalogue actually consists of over 20 CD titles and a DVD. Scheduled for May is KIDZ BOP 80s GOLD, the third edition of the popular "Gold" line of KIDZ BOP releases featuring big hits from the past.

February 19, 2008

THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND'S FIRST DVD CERTIFIED QUADRUPLE PLATINUM; "THE VIEW" DATE CONFIRMED

(New York, NY) - The Laurie Berkner Band's first-ever DVD, "We are... The Laurie Berkner Band" (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Hear Music) has now been certified quadruple platinum. The chart-topping release held the #1 position on the Billboard Music Video DVD chart for an amazing seven weeks, of which six were consecutive.

Laurie Berkner has been at the forefront of the explosion in children's music and has cemented her position as the #1 children's music artist in the United States with best-selling CDs and a DVD. The band is currently in the studio working on their first album of new material in six years. The album is tentatively scheduled for a late summer release. In other news, The Laurie Berkner Band will perform on "The View" this Monday, February 18th. This marks the band's first appearance on the show.

Over the past several years, Laurie's intelligent yet accessible songwriting, warm, captivating vocals and infectious melodies have garnered weekly appearances on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show, a national touring base, rave reviews from the press, appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live With Regis And Kelly and The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and huge CD sales on her home-grown label Two Tomatoes Records, which is distributed by Razor & Tie Entertainment.

Please click on the below link for a photo of Laurie Berkner, Razor & Tie Entertainment staff and her quadruple platinum DVD plaque (shown left-to-right: Razor & Tie Senior Vice President of Marketing Michael Krumper, Vice President of Marketing, KIDZ BOP, Sandi Hemmerlein, Susie Lampert of The Laurie Berkner Band, Razor & Tie Co-Owner Craig Balsam, Laurie Berkner, Razor & Tie Co-Owner Cliff Chenfeld and Razor & Tie Senior Vice President of Sales Sebouh Yegparian):
Click here for a Laurie Berkner Trade Shot

February 13, 2008

ANGELIQUE KIDJO CONFIRMED TO PERFORM AT 39TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

KIDJO'S GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ALBUM "DJIN DJIN"
ALSO NOMINATED FOR NAACP IMAGE AWARD

(New York, NY) - Hot off the heels of her Grammy win for Best Contemporary World Album (for DJIN DJIN), world music superstar Angelique Kidjo has just been confirmed to perform at the 39th NAACP Image Awards. Kidjo and guest star Ziggy Marley will perform the track "Sedjedo" from DJIN DJIN. The show airs live this Thursday, February 14th at 8:00PM, ET (PT Tape-Delayed) on FOX. DJIN DJIN is nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding World Music Album.

The NAACP Image Awards honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts, in television, recording, literature and motion pictures. The theme of this year's show is "Stand Up and Be Counted". During this crucial election year, the NAACP encourages everyone to be socially conscious and take a stand on critical human and civil rights issues.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates of civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sector.

Angelique Kidjo has devoted much of her adult life to global charity work; she is a spokesperson for both OXFAM and UNICEF and recently created her own charity, Batonga. 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.

Later this month, the energetic performer will kick off her first North American headlining tour of the year, immediately followed by more headlining dates in Europe. Please see below for her upcoming North American itinerary.

Angelique Kidjo on tour:

FEBRUARY
21 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
22 Olympia, WA Washington Center for the Performing Arts
23 Victoria, BC University Centre Auditorium
24 Richmond, BC River Rock Casino
28 Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium

MARCH
1 Atlanta, GA Rialto Theatre at Georgia State University
2 Memphis, TN Buckman Performing Arts Center
6 Iowa City, IA Hancher Auditorium
8 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
12 Los Angeles, CA Royce Hall at UCLA Center for the Arts
13 Carmel, CA Sunset Cultural Center
14 Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley
15 Chico, CA Laxson Auditorium
17 Edmonton, AB Francis Winspear Centre for Music
19 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall
21 Somerville, MA Somerville Theater
22 Somerville, MA Somerville Theater
26 North Bethesda, MD Music Center at Strathmore
27 Roanoke, VA Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson
28 Richmond, VA Camp Concert Hall at University of Richmond
29 Savannah, GA Trustees Theater
31 Annapolis, MD Ramshead Onstage

APRIL
2 South Orange, NJ South Orange Performing Arts Center
3 Ithaca, NY State Theatre
4 Purchase, NY PepsiCo Theatre
5 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
6 Philadelphia, PA Annenberg Center/Zellerbach Theater
8 Raleigh, NC Stewart Theater at NC State University
9 Wilmington, NC Kenan Auditorium at UNC Wilmington

February 12, 2008

WORLD MUSIC SUPERSTAR ANGELIQUE KIDJO WINS FIRST GRAMMY

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

(New York, NY) - International music star Angelique Kidjo nabbed her first Grammy Award in last night's 50th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Kidjo won Best Contemporary World Album for DJIN DJIN, her Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Entertainment release.

Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam commented, "Working on Angelique's album with Starbucks has been an amazing experience for Razor & Tie. We are proud to be associated with such a unique work of quality, passion and authenticity." Ken Lombard, President, Starbucks Entertainment added, "DJIN DJIN is an absolutely magical record and a testament both to the talents of Angelique Kidjo and the power of artistic collaboration. All of us at Starbucks Entertainment are proud to have teamed with Angelique and Razor & Tie to release this great album."

Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti, DJIN DJIN saw the Benin-born Angelique Kidjo partnering with such luminaries as Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley and Branford Marsalis to create an album which is truly global in scope. In her acceptance speech, Kidjo dedicated her award to the "women of Darfur, the women who are fighting every day to give their kids an education." Kidjo has devoted much of her adult life to global charity work; she is a spokesperson for both OXFAM and UNICEF and recently created her own charity, Batonga. 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.

DJIN DJIN 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." Last year, Kidjo appeared on CNN, The Tonight Show, The Late Show With David Letterman and The CBS Saturday Early Show.

Later this month, the energetic performer will kick off her first North American headlining tour of the year, immediately followed by more headlining dates in Europe. Last year she wrapped up two legs of Josh Groban's North American tour as his sole support act. Please see below for her upcoming North American itinerary.

Angelique Kidjo on tour:

FEBRUARY
21 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
22 Olympia, WA Washington Center for the Performing Arts
23 Victoria, BC University Centre Auditorium
24 Richmond, BC River Rock Casino
28 Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium

MARCH
1 Atlanta, GA Rialto Theatre at Georgia State University
2 Memphis, TN Buckman Performing Arts Center
6 Iowa City, IA Hancher Auditorium
8 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
12 Los Angeles, CA Royce Hall at UCLA Center for the Arts
13 Carmel, CA Sunset Cultural Center
14 Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley
15 Chico, CA Laxson Auditorium
17 Edmonton, AB Francis Winspear Centre for Music
19 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall
21 Somerville, MA Somerville Theater
22 Somerville, MA Somerville Theater
26 North Bethesda, MD Music Center at Strathmore
27 Roanoke, VA Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson
28 Richmond, VA Camp Concert Hall at University of Richmond
29 Savannah, GA Trustees Theater
31 Annapolis, MD Ramshead Onstage

APRIL
2 South Orange, NJ South Orange Performing Arts Center
3 Ithaca, NY State Theatre
4 Purchase, NY PepsiCo Theatre
5 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
6 Philadelphia, PA Annenberg Center/Zellerbach Theater
8 Raleigh, NC Stewart Theater at NC State University
9 Wilmington, NC Kenan Auditorium at UNC Wilmington

To view an image of Angelique Kidjo with her Grammy, please click here.


February 06, 2008

RYAN SHAW TAPPED AS SOLE SUPPORT FOR VAN HALEN NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

SOUL SINGER NOMINATED FOR FIRST GRAMMY AWARD;
NEW VIDEO FOR "DO THE 45" PREMIERES ON BET-J AND YAHOO! MUSIC

(New York, NY) - Breakout soul singer Ryan Shaw has been tapped to open for Van Halen on the second North American leg of the band's hugely successful arena tour. Shaw will join the rock legends on their tour from February 22nd through April 7th (full itinerary listed below). The critically acclaimed tour features Van Halen's original lead singer, David Lee Roth, who has not performed with the band in over 22 years.

Shaw recently received his first Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category for "I am Your Man" from his debut release THIS IS RYAN SHAW. Shaw will perform at the Grammy Foundation's prestigious "Sounds of Change" event on February 6th alongside John Fogerty, Natasha Bedingfield, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others. He is also scheduled to perform at VH1's Save the Music event on February 8th.

Ryan Shaw's new video for "Do the 45" premiered on television at BET-J and online at Yahoo! Music this past week. In February, Bet-J will air a special "Soul Sessions" with Ryan Shaw. Throughout the past year, Shaw has performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show, 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.

Shaw's retro inspired songs are rapidly moving the young singer to the forefront of modern soul. His electrifying performances have garnered him critical acclaim from fans and press alike. The Los Angeles Times raved, "Prepare to have your soul rocked." The Washington Post called Ryan "full of fire and conviction, exploding with energy and emotion." Billboard stated, "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."

Ryan Shaw on tour supporting Van Halen:

FEBRUARY
22 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
25 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena
MARCH
3 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
5 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
7 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
9 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
11 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
13 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Arena
17 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
19 Hershey, PA Giant Center
21 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
24 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
26 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
28 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
30 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
APRIL
1 Columbus, OH Value City Arena
3 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
5 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
7 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center