OPENS FOR LOS LONELY BOYS AND HANSON
(New York, NY) - Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes' is set to open for Los Lonely Boys in September and Hanson on their upcoming fall tour in October. Barnes continues to tour in support of his Razor & Tie debut release, ME AND YOU AND THE WORLD, which debuted at # 94 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, bypassing the Heatseekers chart for new artists. The album spent weeks in the Top 50 of the iTunes album chart, peaking at #3, ahead of such luminaries as Madonna, Moby, and Counting Crows. Road dog Barnes has already toured with One Republic, Taylor Swift and Bonnie Raitt this summer (new tour dates below).
Dave Barnes' first single, "Until You," was selected for USA Today's weekly playlist and the paper raved: "Hard to go wrong with a song...(like this)". Other standout songs from the album include the ballad "On a Night Like This," the Motown inspired "Someday" and the roof-raising gospel number "Carry Me Through."
Known for his original sense of humor, Barnes has had over 500,000 YouTube views of his comedy videos and recently performed a sold-out comedy show in his hometown Nashville. His witty banter in both his live music and comedy shows has earned him press accolades. Billboard declared, "Many of the best pop songwriters have come out of Nashville and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe."
Dave Barnes Tour
16 Interlochen, MI Interlochen Center For Arts (with Bonnie Raitt)
29 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
30 Rockford, IL On the Water Front Festival*
31 Cleveland, OH Taste of Cleveland*
2 Charlottesville, VA Gravity Lounge
3 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java
4 Peekskill, NY Paramount Center of the Arts*
5 Norwalk, CT Norwalk Assoc. Oyster Festival*
7 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House*
9 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live! *
11 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre*
12 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Ballroom*
13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club*
14 South Burlington, VT Higher ground
16 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre Of Durham*
17 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre*
18 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre*
19 Nashville, TN Wildhorse Saloon*
20 Belmont, NC Belmont Abbey College
9 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues**
10 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend**
12 State College, PA State Theatre**
13 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall**
15 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!**
16 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel**
18 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live!**
19 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live!**
20 New York, NY Nokia Theatre**
22 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre**
23 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues**
25 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance**
26 Lancaster, PA Chameleon**
28 Falls Church, VA State Theatre**
29 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre**
30 Asbury Park, NJ Paramount Theatre**
1 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre**
3 Chicago, IL House of Blues**
*with Los Lonely Boys
SECOND ANNUAL "BE A KIDZ BOP STAR" NATIONAL TALENT
SET TO LAUNCH ON KIDZBOP.COM
(New York, NY) - The latest volume from the best-selling children's audio series, KIDZ BOP 14, has sold over 58,000 units in its first week and has entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #8. In addition, it is the top album on the Children's chart and the Top Internet Album chart. First week sales are up more 20% from the debut of KIDZ BOP 13; the brand's success continues to buck the downward trend of sales in the contemporary music business landscape. KIDZ BOP 14 is the 8th consecutive KIDZ BOP title to debut in the Top 10.
KIDZ BOP 14 includes 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 is 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.
In other KIDZ BOP news, the destination website KIDZBOP.com is currently hosting the second annual "Be a KIDZ BOP Star" National Talent Search. The inaugural talent search received more than 1200 contest entries and coincided with record-high traffic on the site; it also won the Kid Power Award for Best Campaign in Entertainment/Sports. One of the four winners from the second annual National Talent Search will be awarded their own original web series on KIDZBOP.com.
For the talent search kids of all ages are invited to audition for KIDZ BOP by creating a video of themselves performing, and uploading it to the site. They can choose their own performance, keeping in mind the criteria for selection: style, musical talent, star quality, and personality. All submissions from the talent search will be posted on the KIDZ BOP site, allowing children everywhere to share their audition videos with friends and family, watch other kids' audition videos, and even vote for themselves. The deadline for video submissions is September 8th. In January the four winners will join their families on a once-in-a-lifetime luxury included Caribbean vacation to shoot a KIDZ BOP music video on site at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Beaches Resorts are a part of the Sandals Resorts family, and have been voted the "World's Leading Family All-Inclusive Resorts" for ten years in a row.
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. The success of the brand has prompted the creation of a national touring show (KIDZ BOP LIVE), a destination website (KIDZBOP.com), KIDZ BOP-branded toys and numerous high-end marketing partnerships.