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July 29, 2008

ALL THAT REMAINS AND TRIVIUM TEAM UP FOR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

TREK PRESENTED BY HOOVES BRAND FOOTWEAR, SPONSORED BY REVOLVER

(New York, NY) - September marks the much-anticipated return to the road for metal behemoths All That Remains and Trivium. The bands will head out on a co-headlining six-week tour, alternating the closing slot. 36 Crazyfists and The Human Abstract will support, making for an evening of eclectic and uncompromising metal that will captivate audiences across the United States (please see below for tour dates). All That Remains' new album OVERCOME (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie Entertainment) is due out on September 16th, while Trivium's new album SHOGUN (Roadrunner Records) will hit the streets on September 30th.

Released in July, 2006, All That Remains' last studio release, THE FALL OF IDEALS, has sold over 175,000 units to date. Metal bible Kerrang said the album, "bears all the hallmarks of a classic...the musicianship is stunning... ruthlessly precise and powerful", while Metal Hammer stated, "Track after track, the band leave you breathless..." Since All That Remains' first album was released in 2002, the band has grown in leaps and bounds in every arena. They've gone from playing opening slots to headlining and selling out their own tours and playing major rock festivals domestically and abroad. The first single from THE FALL OF IDEALS, "This Calling" could be heard all over the country on hard rock stations and the corresponding video could be seen on MTV and Fuse. The song also appeared in the major motion picture, "Saw 3." "Six," another track from the album is featured in the hit video game, "Guitar Hero 2."

Trivium have sold nearly a million records worldwide since their 2005 debut, ASCENDANCY. They've continued to rise through the ranks of the American and European metal scenes. Their previous efforts have landed them multiple magazine covers across the globe in less than a year and picking up "Best New Band" accolades almost everywhere they played. Intent on not delivering a 'part two' with their follow-up record, 2006's THE CRUSADE took a slightly different direction, with cleaner singing and more varied influences. It retained their stunning signature guitar work and led to some enviable touring opportunities with bands such as Metallica and Iron Maiden. With SHOGUN, they are poised to please their legion of fans as well as capture new ones.

The tour will be presented by Hooves, a shoe company that specializes in dark, conceptual, high quality hi-top sneakers that glorify all things metal. The line was launched by producer Nick Raskulinecz, who manned the boards for SHOGUN, and Gravis Footwear, and features a limited edition, blood-stained, pentagram-lined shoe that quickly sold out. The full line kicks off in October 2008. All That Remains, Trivium and their tourmates are partnering up to bring metal music and culture to the forefront on this tour. For more information, please visit: www.hoovesarmy.com.

ALL THAT REMAINS/TRIVIUM co-headlining tour:

SEPTEMBER
9 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
10 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
11 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
12 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
15 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theater
17 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street
18 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos
19 Lubbock, TX Tequilla Jungle
20 Farmington, NM Big City Night Club
21 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
23 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
25 Reno, NV New Oasis
27 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
28 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
30 Fargo, ND The Venue
OCTOBER
1 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Expo Building
3 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
4 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
5 Columbia, MO Blue Note
6 Cedar Rapids, IA Hawkeye Downs
7 Green Bay, WI Riverview Ballroom
9 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre's
11 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
12 London, ON Cowboys
14 Louisville, KY Headliner's
17 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
18 Richmond, VA The National
19 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

July 21, 2008

SHAWTY PUTT INKS DEAL WITH RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT WORLDWIDE VIA LIL JON'S BME RECORDINGS

HIT SINGLE "DAT BABY (DON'T LOOK LIKE ME)" HEATS UP AT RADIO;
SHAWTY PUTT DEBUT ALBUM DUE OUT THIS FALL

(New York, NY) - Atlanta native Shawty Putt has signed a deal with Razor & Tie Entertainment via Lil Jon's BME Recordings label. The exclusive worldwide multi-album agreement will jumpstart with promotions for the Lil Jon-produced buzz single "Dat Baby (Don't Look Like Me)," which also features rapper Too $hort. Though the official add date at Crossover radio was July 15h and Urban radio is set for July 22nd, the song has already charted on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart peaking at #5. It continues to climb the R&R charts with over 43 million in audience.; key stations include WLLD/Tampa, KMEL/San Francisco and WZMX/Hartford. The song just became available for purchase on all digital services on July 1st.

"Putt is one of the few artists that gets it," explains Lil Jon. "He understands every aspect of this business. I have a lot of respect for him and I'm glad he is getting his chance to show the world what he can do!" "Dat Baby" takes its inspiration from the daytime talk show "The Maury Povich Show." The humorous viral video has had more than 1 million views on YouTube and over 75,000 plays on Shawty Putt's MySpace page. In August Razor & Tie and BME Recordings will release a new video for "Dat Baby" directed by Dale 'Rage' Restighini (Gym Class Heroes, DMX, Soulja Boy). Shawty Putt is currently in the studio recording his debut album to be produced by Lil Jon; the album is scheduled for release this fall.
Razor & Tie and BME Recordings will be jointly responsible for marketing and promotions. Razor & Tie will also handle distribution of the single and forthcoming album. "We are looking forward to building upon the great momentum Lil Jon and BME Recordings has set forth for Shawty Putt. Our combined resources will serve to broaden visibility," commented Razor & Tie Executive Vice President, Business/Legal Affairs Dan Hoffman.
Shawty Putt was an original member of the famed Atlanta Attic Crew. Along with Lil Jon, Shawty Putt has worked with Lil Scrappy, The Youngbloodz and producer Polow da Don. He is featured on each of the Youngbloodz records and has toured with them.

Shawty Putt on tour:
July
17 Bell Glade, FL Club21
18 Tampa, FL Club Empire
19 Ft Meyers, FL Club Envie
20 Naples, FL Donnas
August
8 Houston, TX Ozone Awards
9 Memphis, TN KXHT/Memphis Crunkfest
17 San Antonio, TX KBBT/AT&T Center

July 16, 2008

RAPPERS' FAVORITE DEVIN THE DUDE INKS WITH RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT WORLDWIDE

NEW ALBUM "LANDING GEAR" FLIES INTO STORES IN THE FALL

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie Entertainment has announced the signing of veteran urban lyricist Devin The Dude to an exclusive worldwide multi-album recording contract. With a knack for humorous rhymes and light-hearted storytelling, Devin possesses a strong fanbase garnered from four previous studio releases. Complex Magazine has dubbed Devin, "the Richard Pryor of rap", while Slate refers to him as "one of hip-hop's best-loved underdogs among both fans and peers". The Florida-born, Houston-raised Devin has indeed earned his reputation as "the rappers' rapper", guesting on the albums of such high"profile artists as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, De La Soul and Jay Z.

Devin The Dude is currently in the studio recording his fifth album, LANDING GEAR. The album, Devin's first for Razor & Tie, is scheduled for release in the early fall via his own Coughee Brothers imprint. Razor & Tie's opportunity to work with Devin was facilitated by Jon Shapiro and Jen McDaniels of Cinematic Music Group. Shapiro and McDaniels will continue to be involved in the completion and set-up of LANDING GEAR, with Razor & Tie responsible for the marketing and distribution of the album. Cinematic Music Group was founded in 2005 by Jon Shapiro. Based in New York City, it is a full service entertainment company that focuses on its record label, artist development, artist relations, management, production and film. Cinematic is home to Sean Kingston, Yung Berg, and others.

The signing of Devin The Dude follows Razor & Tie's recent inking of Shawty Putt via Lil Jon's BME Recordings. Shawty Putt's single "Dat Baby (Don't Look Like Me)", produced by Lil Jon, is currently heating up the airwaves with over 34 million in audience to date prior to its official add date of July 15th.


July 15, 2008

ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER DAR WILLIAMS' TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, PROMISED LAND SEPTEMBER 9TH

WILLIAMS SET TO TOUR WITH SHAWN MULLINS THIS FALL

(New York, NY) - Singer/songwriter Dar Williams' first album of original material in over three years, PROMISED LAND, is due out on September 9th. Produced by Brad Wood (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins), the album features 12 reflective songs that introduce a fresh interpretation of her previous sound. She will hit the road this fall with Shawn Mullins as main support (please see dates below).

Williams' ability to perform witty songs that cover a wide range of social and political topics are showcased on the engaging tracks "It's Alright," "The Easy Way," and "Buzzer." Williams also does a cover of "Midnight Radio" from the acclaimed rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as a cover of Fountains of Wayne song "Troubled Times." The vigor on PROMISED LAND comes from working with a new group of people - producer Brad Wood and the stable of new musicians he assembled. Williams' friends are also featured as guest artists - Marshall Crenshaw, Suzanne Vega and Gary Louris from The Jayhawks. Producer Wood injects her new songs with energy and momentum. He explains, "Dar was looking to try something different and get out of her comfort zone. She had made a number of records and it seemed like a good time, career-wise, for her to make a change. I was flattered that she thought to ask me to help."

One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been engaging audiences with her musical artistry since the early 1990s when she rose from the Northeast coffeehouse circuit to the national spotlight. Never afraid to challenge herself or her audience, Williams has been a dedicated social and political activist throughout her career. Lending her talent to support various causes, she has taken part in many benefit concerts. Williams has captivated her loyal audiences across the country with her live performances and she continues to tour regularly. For more information, please visit Williams' website: www.darwilliams.com

PROMISED LAND track listing:
1. It's Alright
2. Book of Love
3. The Easy Way
4. The Tide Falls Away
5. Buzzer
6. The Business of Things
7. You Are Everyone
8. Go To The Woods
9. Holly Tree
10. Troubled Times
11. Midnight Radio
12. Summerday

Dar Williams on tour:
July
26 Hillsdale, NY Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
27 Cold Spring, NY Sunset Series
August
2 Madison, WI Roots Festival*with G Love and Special Sauce/Shawn Mullins
9 Edmonton, BA Edmonton Folk Festival
10 Edmonton, BA Edmonton Folk Festival
15 Lyon, CO Folk Festival
16 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre*
18 Taos, NM KTAO Solar Center
24 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavillion *with Judy Collins
September
12 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre*
13 Albany, NY Swyer Theater*
15 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe*
16 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom*
17 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark*
19 Chicago, IL Park West*
21 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater*
22 Minneapolis, MN Guthrie Theater*
23 Iowa City, IA Englert Theatre*
25 Covington, KY Carnegie Performing Center*
26 Buffalo, NY Asbury Hall*
27 New York, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza*
October
1 Portland, ME One Longfellow Square *
2 Woodstock, VT Town Hall Theatre*
3 Great Barrington, MA Mahaiwe Theater*
4 Mamaroneck, NY Emelin Theater*
November
7 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
8 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere

* with Shawn Mullins

July 07, 2008

RAZOR & TIE TO RELEASE KIDZ BOP 14 JULY 29TH; SEAN KINGSTON FEATURED IN EXCLUSIVE DUET

COLLABORATION MARKS THE FIRST TIME AN ESTABLISHED
ARTIST IS FEATURED ON A KIDZ BOP RELEASE

(New York, NY) - On July 29th, Razor & Tie Entertainment will release KIDZ BOP 14, 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. For the first time ever, this KIDZ BOP release will include an exclusive duet between reggae-pop superstar Sean Kingston and the Kidz Bop Kids. Together they perform Kingston's smash hit, "Take You There". This collaboration marks the first time an established musical artist sings on a KIDZ BOP release.

Kingston will be featured in the Andrew Bennet (Nickelback, The Jonas Brothers)-directed video for "Take You There", as well as in the TV spot promoting KIDZ BOP 14 that begins airing in June. Sean Kingston has had 4 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Take You There". Sean, only 19-years-old, has appeared on TRL, Radio Disney and also received a nomination at the Nickelodeon's Kids Music Awards for "Favorite Song" of 2008 ("Beautiful Girls").

In other KIDZ BOP news, KIDZ BOP LIVE returns this summer with an exciting new round of family concerts featuring a live band and 8 young performers. KIDZ BOP launched its first tour last fall with 40 tour dates, earning rave reviews and big sales. The KIDZ BOP LIVE show features today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids live on stage. The show includes songs from the best-selling KIDZ BOP CDs, the #1 children's audio series in the country. 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.


KIDZ BOP 14 track listing:

1. Don't Stop The Music
2. Love Song
3. Feels Like Tonight
4. See You Again
5. Clumsy
6. Stop And Stare
7. Bleeding Love
8. 4 Minutes
9. When You Look Me In The Eyes
10. Pocketful Of Sunshine
11. No Air
12. Teardrops On My Guitar
13. Damaged
14. Sorry
15. Superstar
16. It's Not My Time
17. With You
18. Take You There - Kidz Bop Kids featuring Sean Kingston


July 02, 2008

RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT AND GARY GERSH'S THE ARTIST ORGANIZATION (TAO) JOIN FORCES

ACCLAIMED ARTIST DEAD CONFEDERATE IS FIRST SIGNING; "WRECKING BALL" DUE OUT IN FALL

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie Entertainment and Gary Gersh's The Artist Organization (TAO) have announced a long-term strategic partnership through which the companies will sign recording artists. Combining Gersh's formidable A&R skills with Razor & Tie's full-service marketing staff and infrastructure, the venture will sign a handful of exciting new artists each year.

Razor & Tie's Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam had this to say: "Gary is one of the most accomplished individuals in the music business and someone who has demonstrated unique talent in discovering, nurturing and promoting great artists. Razor & Tie is one of the fastest growing and largest indies in the industry. We believe Gary can help these artists reach a larger audience in innovative and creative ways". Gary Gersh commented, "Razor & Tie is the natural home for my new label. Cliff and Craig and their company have had success with a diverse array of projects, artists and genres. In this ever-changing musical climate, Razor & Tie consistently stays ahead of the curve and I am happy to be part of this partnership."

The first release on the TAO imprint will be from the Athens, Georgia-based rock outfit Dead Confederate (www.myspace.com/deadconfederate). The psychedelic-meets-grunge sound of Dead Confederate created quite the buzz at this year's SXSW festival with a number of well-attended shows, including a much-coveted opening slot for R.E.M. at their only festival appearance. Paul Rees, editor of Q, called Dead Confederate the "best discovery" he didn't know about prior to attending the festival. The band has been wowing audiences and critics alike and has strong support from such influential radio stations as KEXP/Seattle, WOXY/Cincinnati and WXPN/Philadelphia.

Recently featured on the NPR website (their track, "The Rat" was Song Of The Day), NPR stated, "Dead Confederate's wall of sound feels cinematic and atmospheric, loud and beautiful". Paste commented, "this dramatic band forges a distinct style", while Spin.com avowed, "Dead Confederate's sincere versatility drives home rock'n'roll that is damn well alive and kicking". The band was also recently featured as Artist Of The Day on Spin's website.

Dead Confederate's debut eponymous EP is currently available digitally and at traditional retail. Their first full-length album, WRECKING BALL, will be released in the fall and is produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead). Dead Confederate has just wrapped up tour dates as support for Drive-By Truckers and will continue to tour throughout the summer.

Industry veteran Gary Gersh has been instrumental in the success of countless well-known and Grammy-Award-winning artists such as David Bowie, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Pat Metheny, The Mars Volta, Counting Crows and many more. Gersh is the Founder and CEO of The Artists Organization.
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.