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June 25, 2008

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK FOR WARNER PREMIERE'S ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY SET FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 26TH

SOUNDTRACK FEATURES TEEN SUPERSTARS
SELENA GOMEZ AND DREW SEELEY

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie Entertainment will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Warner Premiere's ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY on August 26th. The 11-track album will include brand new pop and hip-hop-infused songs as performed by teen stars Selena Gomez, Drew Seeley and the cast of the forthcoming Warner Premiere home video release, Another Cinderella Story. Key songs include the "New Classic" and "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," both to be worked at radio and video channels this summer. Another Cinderella Story will be released on DVD and VOD on September 16th by Warner Home Video, with a planned debut on ABC Family in late 2008.

A comedic twist on the classic Cinderella story, Another Cinderella Story tells the tale of a downtrodden girl (Selena Gomez) who seeks the love of charming prince (Drew Seeley), a popular singer who has enrolled at Beverly Hills High School, against the wishes of her evil legal guardian (Jayne Lynch).

Poised to take over the pop throne, Selena Gomez currently stars on the Disney Channel's wildly popular series Wizards of Waverly Place. Only 15 years old, she was discovered at age 12 in a Disney talent search. Gomez has starred opposite Miley Cyrus on Hannah Montana and has guest-starred on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She has been performing since she was a child, beginning her career on Barney & Friends. She has recorded three songs for Walt Disney Records including a music video for her song "Cruella De Vil" for the premiere of Disney's 101 Dalmatians in February 2008.

Best known for his starring role in the High School Musical concert tour, Drew Seeley has also been featured on various albums including, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, DISNEYMANIA 4, THE CHEETAH GIRLS 2, JUMP IN! and RADIO DISNEY JAMS 9. Seeley co-wrote the song, "Get'cha Head in the Game," which helped propel the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL soundtrack to sell over 4 million copies and receive a nomination for an Emmy Award.

The soundtrack also includes rising star Lil' JJ on the song "Don't Be Shy." Lil' JJ currently stars on the Nickelodeon show Just Jordan; he was previously on All That and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Lil' JJ won BET's comedy talent search Comin' to the Stage and has been featured in music videos by Sean Kingston and Nelly. The soundtrack also features up and coming 'tween star Tiffany Giardina.

This release follows Razor & Tie Entertainment's recent soundtrack success with the gold-certified motion picture soundtrack to ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. Spending six months near the top of the charts; the album has sold over 800,000 units to date and continues to have a strong digital hold, with over 1 million cumulative sales for individual tracks.

New York-based Razor & Tie Entertainment is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the United States. Razor & Tie successfully sells audio and video products through traditional retail distribution, direct response television advertising and ecommerce based websites. Founded by co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, Razor & Tie is a vertically-integrated company that encompasses a record company with major label distribution, a home video company, a media buying company, a music publishing business, an experienced marketing, promotion and sales team, a direct marketing operation and a growing database of entertainment consumers.

Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment's new production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content for the growing direct-to-DVD market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow, HBO Home Video, and New Line Home Entertainment.


Another Cinderella Story Soundtrack track list:
1. Tell Me Something I Don't Know - Selena Gomez
2. New Classic - Drew Seeley & Selena Gomez
3. Hurry Up & Save Me - Tiffany Giardina
4. Just That Girl - Drew Seeley
5. Bang A Drum - Selena Gomez
6. 1st Class Girl - Marcus Paulk, featuring Drew Seeley
7. Hold 4 You - Jane Lynch
8. Valentine's Dance Tango - The Twins
9. No Average Angel - Tiffany Giardina
10. Don't Be Shy - Small Change, featuring Lil' JJ and Chani
11. X-Plain it to My Heart - Drew Seeley
12. New Classic (Live Performance)- Drew Seeley & Selena Gomez
13. Another Cinderella Story - Score Suite - Performed and written by John Paesano

June 19, 2008

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S MUSIC SENSATION THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND BLASTS OFF WITH FIRST NEW CD IN SIX YEARS, 'ROCKETSHIP RUN!'

"Laurie Berkner is like a goddess to these children. And there's a reason.
Laurie Berkner is like the coolest mom there ever was."
- National Public Radio, "All Things Considered"


It has been six years in the making but worth the wait! Award-winning, best-selling children's music superstars The Laurie Berkner Band with Susie Lampert and Adam Bernstein will release their first CD since 2002, 'Rocketship Run,' (Two Tomatoes Records, marketed and distributed by Razor & Tie Entertainment, $18.98, run time 52:32) on August 5th. Widely recognized as the most popular children's music artist in the United States, Laurie Berkner's intelligent songwriting, captivating vocals and infectious melodies have won not only legions of little fans, but also parents, who enjoy the music as much as their kids. The Laurie Berkner Band's recent debut DVD, 'We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band' (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment/Starbucks Hear Music) was certified quadruple platinum.

'Rocketship Run' portrays a musical journey on a rocket ship in search of treasure. Laurie Berkner collaborates with bandmates Susie Lampert (keyboards) and Adam Bernstein (bass) on 20 new songs and arrangements ranging from a Brazilian samba to an Irish jig to a folk song set against gospel/country background. From the title track - which was seen and heard this season in a NOGGIN* video - to Laurie's exquisite solo rendition of the standard "Fly Me to the Moon," the album's artistic integrity shines through.

Some of the music on 'Rocketship Run' has a symphonic setting, arranged with strings, flute, piccolo, bassoon, and trumpet, while other songs are delicate and personal. Dialogue among Laurie, Susie, and Adam threads together all the songs, like chapters in a book.

'Rocketship Run' represents considerable growth by The Laurie Berkner Band. Says Laurie, "It's a much more collaborative effort than I have ever done before. We arranged most of the songs as a band, Susie and Adam have both contributed songs, and I co-produced the album with Bob Golden, who recorded/produced the sound for all our NOGGIN videos and our 2006 DVD, instead of doing it mostly all myself. We also have a lot of talented guest artists performing on this CD."

The Laurie Berkner Band has received tremendous critical acclaim. Time Magazine lauded Laurie as "a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow...Berkner inhabits a kid's curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated - very repeated - listenings." The Wall Street Journal called Laurie "one of the most popular children's performer's in America ... Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups. The Laurie Berkner Band performed on "The View" earlier this year, following appearances on "Good Morning America Weekend," "The Today Show" and "Live With Regis & Kelly."

A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started selling her music out of her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records, and all four of her previous CDs are now best-sellers. Laurie, Susie and Adam were the first artists to ever appear in music videos on NOGGIN, Nickelodeon's 24-hour educational, commercial-free preschool network, and are featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel's "Jack's Big Music Show."

Laurie's concern for the environment has prompted her to make the switch to "green" packaging for 'Rocketship Run,' using an eco-friendly package made entirely of post-consumer recycled paper, rather than the standard plastic jewel case, and to organic cotton for the band's t-shirts, totes and other merchandise (available at concerts and online at www.twotomatoes.com).

'ROCKETSHIP RUN' TRACK LISTING:
Songs written by Laurie Berkner (except where otherwise noted)

Rocketship Run
Going on a Hunt (ska)
Mouse in my Toolbox
Candy Cane Jane
All Around My Room
One More Stop on the Train
Going on a Hunt (blues)
Jump and Fly (Adam Bernstein)
Pigbasket (Susie Lampert)
Five Days Old
Mr. Bassman
Winter Lullaby (music Susie Lampert; lyrics William J. Smith)
Let's Samba
Going on a Hunt (conga)
My Blue Sailboat (Adam Bernstein)
Balance Beam
Thunderstorm (Susie Lampert)
Fast and Slow (The Rabbit and the Turtle)
Going on a Hunt (jig)
Farm Song (That's What I Did on the Farm)
Nona
Walk Along the River
Going on a Hunt (hand jive)
Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard)

* NOGGIN and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

June 17, 2008

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK FOR WARNER PREMIERE'S ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY SET FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 26TH

SOUNDTRACK FEATURES TEEN SUPERSTARS
SELENA GOMEZ AND DREW SEELEY

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie Entertainment will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Warner Premiere's ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY on August 26th. The 11-track album will include brand new pop and hip-hop-infused songs as performed by teen stars Selena Gomez, Drew Seeley and the cast of the forthcoming Warner Premiere home video release, Another Cinderella Story. Key songs include the "New Classic" and "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," both to be worked at radio and video channels this summer. Another Cinderella Story will be released on DVD and VOD on September 16th by Warner Home Video, with a planned debut on ABC Family in late 2008.

A comedic twist on the classic Cinderella story, Another Cinderella Story tells the tale of a downtrodden girl (Selena Gomez) who seeks the love of charming prince (Drew Seeley), a popular singer who has enrolled at Beverly Hills High School, against the wishes of her evil legal guardian (Jayne Lynch).

Poised to take over the pop throne, Selena Gomez currently stars on the Disney Channel's wildly popular series Wizards of Waverly Place. Only 15 years old, she was discovered at age 12 in a Disney talent search. Gomez has starred opposite Miley Cyrus on Hannah Montana and has guest-starred on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She has been performing since she was a child, beginning her career on Barney & Friends. She has recorded three songs for Walt Disney Records including a music video for her song "Cruella De Vil" for the premiere of Disney's 101 Dalmatians in February 2008.

Best known for his starring role in the High School Musical concert tour, Drew Seeley has also been featured on various albums including, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, DISNEYMANIA 4, THE CHEETAH GIRLS 2, JUMP IN! and RADIO DISNEY JAMS 9. Seeley co-wrote the song, "Get'cha Head in the Game," which helped propel the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL soundtrack to sell over 4 million copies and receive a nomination for an Emmy Award.

The soundtrack also includes rising star Lil' JJ on the song "Don't Be Shy." Lil' JJ currently stars on the Nickelodeon show Just Jordan; he was previously on All That and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Lil' JJ won BET's comedy talent search Comin' to the Stage and has been featured in music videos by Sean Kingston and Nelly. The soundtrack also features up and coming 'tween star Tiffany Giardina.

This release follows Razor & Tie Entertainment's recent soundtrack success with the gold-certified motion picture soundtrack to ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. Spending six months near the top of the charts; the album has sold over 800,000 units to date and continues to have a strong digital hold, with over 1 million cumulative sales for individual tracks.

New York-based Razor & Tie Entertainment is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the United States. Razor & Tie successfully sells audio and video products through traditional retail distribution, direct response television advertising and ecommerce based websites. Founded by co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, Razor & Tie is a vertically-integrated company that encompasses a record company with major label distribution, a home video company, a media buying company, a music publishing business, an experienced marketing, promotion and sales team, a direct marketing operation and a growing database of entertainment consumers.

Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment's new production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content for the growing direct-to-DVD market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow, HBO Home Video, and New Line Home Entertainment.


Another Cinderella Story Soundtrack track list:
1. Tell Me Something I Don't Know - Selena Gomez
2. New Classic - Drew Seeley & Selena Gomez
3. Hurry Up & Save Me - Tiffany Giardina
4. Just That Girl - Drew Seeley
5. Bang A Drum - Selena Gomez
6. 1st Class Girl - Marcus Paulk, featuring Drew Seeley
7. Hold 4 You - Jane Lynch
8. Valentine's Dance Tango - The Twins
9. No Average Angel - Tiffany Giardina
10. Don't Be Shy - Small Change, featuring Lil' JJ and Chani
11. X-Plain it to My Heart - Drew Seeley
12. New Classic (Live Performance)- Drew Seeley & Selena Gomez
13. Another Cinderella Story - Score Suite - Performed and written by John Paesano

June 12, 2008

KENNY CHESNEY, GRETCHEN WILSON, LONESTAR, MARTINA McBRIDE, SUGARLAND, MERLE HAGGARD AND MORE LEND MUSIC TO "PATRIOTIC COUNTRY 3"


CD WILL HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR 'OUR MILITARY KIDS' CHARITY

(New York, NY) - On June 24th Razor & Tie Entertainment will release PATRIOTIC COUNTRY 3, the sequel to the best-selling, Top 10 charting PATRIOTIC COUNTRY and PATRIOTIC COUNTRY 2 collections. This CD provides a multitude of dynamic, popular patriotic songs from some of the biggest current stars and the legends of country music. It serves the dual purpose of providing entertainment for any country music fan as well as raising awareness for Our Military Kids, a leader in supporting National Guard and military reserve families - one child at a time. A portion of the proceeds of the CD sales will benefit this charity and the children of the armed services.

PATRIOTIC COUNTRY 3 is being released via the Music For A Cause imprint. Music For A Cause is a record label with an important mission. Using the power of song, they help raise awareness for worthy charities. By combining philanthropy with entertainment, they provide a benefit to both those in need and those who contribute.

"We are all blessed to live where we do and I'm glad to have "I'm From the Country" be a part of this project. God bless our military, their families who sacrifice so much and the USA," says platinum-selling country star Tracy Byrd. Founding member of Lonestar Dean Sams commented, "We are proud to have a #1 hit with this song, 'My Front Porch Looking In', which is a song about the most important thing in life - family. Our Lonestar family supports and salutes our military for their many sacrifices."

PATRIOTIC COUNTRY 3 features 17 popular, patriotic-themed songs from today's hottest stars and the legends of country music. It is filled with chart topping favorites including #1 country hit "Blessed" by Martina McBride and the Gold-certified "My Front Porch Lookin' In" by Lonestar, along with six Hot 100 crossovers, one AC Top 10, seven country Top 10's and more. PATRIOTIC COUNTRY 3 is an uplifting project, helping to unite the nation behind a vital, common cause: support for our troops and military families. See below for complete track listing.

Our Military Kids provides grants to children of deployed or severely injured National Guard and Reserve Military Personnel so these children can start or continue participation in sports, fine arts or tutoring programs while their parent is away or recovering from serious injury. These parents are making enormous sacrifices for our country and Our Military Kids is dedicated to minimizing the sacrifices their children must make at home.

PATRIOTIC COUNTRY 3 track listing:
1. A Lot Of Things Different - Kenny Chesney
2. Letters From Home - John Michael Montgomery
3. Blessed - Martina McBride
4. My Front Porch Looking In - Lonestar
5. Politically Uncorrect - Gretchen Wilson
6. I'm From The Country - Tracy Byrd
7. One More Day - Diamond Rio
8. The Last Of A Dying Breed - Neal McCoy
9. Long Arm Of The Law - Kenny Rogers
10. The Fightin' Side Of Me - Merle Haggard and The Strangers
11. Not Me - Keni Thomas
12. God Bless America - LeAnn Rimes
13. If I Don't Make It Back - Tracy Lawrence
14. America - Waylon Jennings
15. What Say You - Travis Tritt
16. Everyday America - Sugarland
17. Heroes And Friends - Randy Travis