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December 23, 2008

SIMON COLLINS MAKES U.S. TELEVISION DEBUT ON "THE CBS SATURDAY EARLY SHOW"

FIRST SINGLE "UNCONDITIONAL" REACHED TOP 12 AT AC RADIO


(New York, NY) - Simon Collins will make his U.S. television debut with an appearance on the CBS Saturday Early Show on December 27th. Performing songs from his U.S. debut album, U-CATASTROPHE, Collins will showcase his unique blend of genres ranging from pop and rock to electronic music. His first single, "Unconditional," has reached #12 on the R&R AC Radio Chart, receiving great play at key stations WLIT/Chicago, KVIL/Dallas, KRWM/Seattle, and WMJX/Boston. Released a few months ago, Collins has been featured in People Magazine, US Weekly, Modern Drummer, and Billboard raved Collins "has a knack for crafting instantly recognizable pop melodies."

Simon follows in his father, Phil Collins,' musical footsteps. He picked up the drumsticks at a very early age and eventually began playing guitar and piano, honing and crafting his original material. For Collin's U.S. debut release, U-CATASTROPHE, he teamed with producer/engineer Kevin Churko, 2008 Juno Award winner for "Producer of the Year." Standout tracks include "Disappearing" and "Powerless," as well as more tender moments on songs "Us (love transcends)" and "Unconditional." One of the album's shining moments is "The Big Bang," a bombastic and inventive instrumental track which sees Simon teaming with his father for the very first time. DRUM Magazine described the song as "a barbaric, Reznor-esque, six minute stomp through dense, concussive jungles."

www.simoncollins.net

Simon Collins - Canada AM Performance

Simon Collins - Entertainment Tonight Canada Interview

December 12, 2008

DEAD CONFEDERATE FEATURED IN YAHOO! "WHO'S NEXT" ARTIST COMPETITION

ADDED BY MAJOR ROCK STATIONS ACROSS THE US;
CROSS-COUNTRY TOUR WITH MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA CONTINUES

(New York, NY) - It's been quite the year for Athens, GA five-piece Dead Confederate. After bursting on the scene with their critically-acclaimed full-length debut, WRECKING BALL, the band has been touring across the country, currently on the last leg home with fellow Georgians Manchester Orchestra.

In the wake of their television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, as well as being one of Rolling Stone's "Six Artists To Watch," Dead Confederate has been chosen as a nominee for Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next" User's Choice competition. The video for their single, "The Rat," will be featured for a month on Yahoo! Music. The artist with the most will get an opportunity to be a featured artist with an interview and performance on the Who's Next? Yahoo! Music homepage. The video for "The Rat" will also be featured on MTV2 "Subterranean" and MTVU, and will be part of FUSE TV's "Free Music" and "The Worm" programs. Dead Confederate's brand new video for "Start Me Laughing" was also recently added into rotation at Pitchfork TV.

"The Rat" has been added by major rock stations across the country this week including KNDD/Seattle, KBZT/San Diego, WEQX/Albany, KWOD/Sacramento, WARQ/Columbia and KNRK Portland. The album has reached #34 on the Top 200 CMJ Charts with big support from KEXP. Dead Confederate also did a recent live performance and interview at WOXY.

Dead Confederate is the first artist Gary Gersh, A&R legend and founder of The Artist's Organization, signed to his new imprint. The band released a self-titled EP in late 2007. The EP garnered immediate attention and the band found themselves opening for R.E.M. at SXSW, as well as sharing the stage with Dinosaur Jr., Yeasayer, the Black Angels, Deerhunter and Black Lips among others. Their 2008 full length follow-up release, WRECKING BALL, was produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead) and has received rave reviews.

"...a raw, howling take on Southern rock that recalls the darkest moments of Nineties grunge." - Rolling Stone "Artist To Watch"

"Wrecking Ball sounds like Bleach-era Nirvana covering My Morning Jacket. (That's a good thing.)...Dead Confederate's alt-country/grunge hybrid doesn't just feel like a compelling debut, it feels like a compelling new genre." - The Onion

"atmospheric...sorrowful, searing and Southern virtually in all the right ways." - SPIN Magazine

"Dead Confederate captures everything you hold dear about rock shows." - Filter

"...refreshingly direct...a well-put-together debut album." - The New York Times

"Although southern Civil War soldiers may remain six feet under, Dead Confederate's sincere versatility drives home rock'n'roll that is damn well alive and kicking." - Spin.com

www.myspace.com/deadconfederate

December 11, 2008

MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK FOR DREAMWORKS PICTURES AND NICKELODEON MOVIES' HOTEL FOR DOGS SET FOR RELEASE JANUARY 13TH 2009

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie Entertainment will release music from the motion picture soundtrack HOTEL FOR DOGS on January 13th. The 11-track album includes songs by Dragonette, Motion City Soundtrack, Uh Huh Her, Rachel Yamagata, and many others. The film's stars Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillion also sing two short songs featured in the film and soundtrack.

Hotel For Dogs opens nationwide on January 16th and stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Kyla Pratt with Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle. The smart, funny comedy adventure, centers around a group of kids who stumble upon an abandoned hotel and transform it into a magical dog-paradise for their own dog and eventually for all of his friends.

This release follows Razor & Tie Entertainment's recent soundtrack success with the platinum motion picture soundtrack to the Fox mega-hit Alvin and the Chipmunks as well as the soundtrack to the Warner Premiere release Another Cinderella Story (starring Selena Gomez and Drew Seeley).

Hotel for Dogs soundtrack track list:
1. Get Lucky Dragonette
2. Who Who Who Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon
3. Into Action Tim Armstrong
4. Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
5. A Beautiful World Tim Myers
6. It Had To Be You Motion City Soundtrack
7. Say So Uh Huh Her
8. Reason Why Rachael Yamagata
9. Best Days Matt White
10. Ruff Ruff Ruff Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon
11. My New Best Friend Luke Tierney

December 05, 2008

KIDZ BOP NATIONAL SEARCH DISCOVERS UP-AND-COMING KID TALENT

"Be a KIDZ BOP Star" Winners to Perform in Nationally-Promoted Music Video

(New York, NY) - Kids across the country have voted and selected the winners in the second annual "Be a Kidz Bop Star" talent competition from KIDZ BOP. Best known for its music sung by kids for kids, KIDZ BOP celebrates the unique, authentic voice of every kid through chart-topping CDs, a live national concert tour and an interactive web community. The "Be a KIDZ BOP Star" competition invites kids ages 15 and under to upload their videos to KIDZBOP.com, audition virtually and campaign to be one of four "KIDZ BOP Stars."

The votes have been tabulated and kid fans from around the country have selected four Grand Prize winners:
- Shelby Miguel (age 13) from Daly City, CA
- Brandon Michael Stahlbusch (age 14) from Ardmore, OK
- Ashley Flite (age 13) from Fairless Hills, PA
- Paisley Ellis (age 12) from Myrtle Beach, SC

The winners in this "kid-generated" promotion were among 15 semifinalists chosen by KIDZ BOP out of nearly 3,000 total entries to the competition. "In the first two years of this event, we've seen an incredible level of participation, receiving twice as many entries this year as last year," said Sandi Hemmerlein, Vice President of Marketing. "Anything over a few hundred entries is impressive for user-generated-based contests, which require not only talent but also the ability to shoot and upload a video. Obviously, these kids were up for the challenge."

Each winner will co-star in an official KIDZ BOP music video, which will be shot in January in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos during a Luxury Included® family vacation at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, which they also won as part of their Grand Prize. In addition, KIDZ BOP has selected Shelby to star in her own webshow, which will debut on KIDZBOP.com early next year.

"Since many of our most popular webshows on KIDZBOP.com feature real kids who were discovered by the 'Be a KIDZ BOP Star' search last year, we decided to make it an official part of the event this year," said Hemmerlein. "Shelby already has shown lots of creativity and energy in addition to her singing ability, so we can't wait to see what she comes up with next for her webshow."

Shelby's new series and behind-the-scenes video from the winners' shoot will also be available on the new KIDZ BOP-dedicated video-on-demand (VOD) channel, available on the country's #1 cable system, Comcast, whose VOD service is currently available in 30 million homes. The channel features webshows from KIDZ BOP TV, music videos, user-generated content, as well as footage from the KIDZ BOP tour and other KIDZ BOP-related material available 24/7. The KIDZ BOP channel is featured on Comcast's pre-existing Kids On Demand programming, alongside content from Toon Disney, PBS Sprout, Nickelodeon, Noggin and more.

New KIDZ BOP General Manager Liz Nealon, who was brought on board in October to help build the KIDZ BOP brand into an integrated media experience, said, "'Be a KIDZ BOP Star' epitomizes the heart of the KIDZ BOP brand which emphasizes individual expression. As we continue to grow the brand, we hope to continue to empower kids by providing activities that help them explore, realize and share their dreams and aspirations."


To view the winning entries, please click on the following links:

Shelby:
http://www.kidzbop.com/contests/beakidzbopstar?video_d=11642
Brandon:
http://www.kidzbop.com/contests/beakidzbopstar?video_id=12755
Ashley:
http://www.kidzbop.com/contests/beakidzbopstar?video_id=14040
Paisley:
http://www.kidzbop.com/contests/beakidzbopstar?video_id=13003

For more information about "Be a Kidz Bop Star" and KIDZ BOP please visit, 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 5-12, selling 11 Million CDs in seven years. Featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids, KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned nine Gold certifications since their debut in 2001. The just completed 2008 "Be a KIDZ BOP Star" talent search generated thousands of entries from kids and tweens nationwide, and four winners will be featured in an upcoming music video. KIDZBOP.com is a fast-growing online destination, where kids can create, share and watch a variety of content, including the popular webshow "Passing Notes," and Kendall's "Work It Out" videos, where kids learn the latest dance moves. The KIDZ BOP LIVE tour launched last fall, playing in theaters and small arenas across the country, and will kick off again this summer. 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 BEACHES RESORTS

When it comes to family vacations, no other resort company in the world offers more than Beaches Resorts. With four spectacular locations on the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos, Beaches Resorts is the ultimate family getaway and the most comprehensive vacation available in the Caribbean including gourmet meals; all premium brand wine and spirits, including an exclusive partnership with California's legendary Beringer Vineyards; luxurious accommodations; and even gratuities. Fun for the whole family means outrageous waterparks; Xbox Game Garages; Crayola Art Camps; and exclusive Kids Camps with a full schedule of age-appropriate activities as well as childcare provided by expertly trained Ultra Nannies. As a proud sponsor of Sesame Street, Beaches Resorts offers another exclusive for families, the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street, where kids can spend their vacation with their favorite friends from the Sesame Street gang with daily activities and weekly stage shows. Brand new teen and tween programming will keep coming-of-age guests on their toes, whether dancing the night away at aqua-themed nightclub, Liquid; learning how to become a DJ at the Scratch DJ Academy; lounging and mingling with new friends at Trench Town; or enjoying a tailored spa treatment at Beaches Resorts' exclusive Red Lane Spa. With additional amenities including Butler Service; Red Lane Spas, featuring services and treatments inspired by the region; WeddingMoons and FamilyMoons packages to make your wedding day just perfect; Beaches Resorts truly offers something for every member of the family.

Beaches Resorts is part of the Sandals' family, the Caribbean's largest operator of luxury included resorts, and has been voted the World's Best Family All-Inclusive Resort for ten years in a row. For more information about Beaches Resorts, call 1-800-BEACHES (1-800-232-2437) or visit the Web site at www.beaches.com.

December 04, 2008

FOLK ICON JOAN BAEZ RECEIVES FIRST GRAMMY NOMINATION IN 15 YEARS. ACCLAIMED "ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA" PROJECT NOMINATED

RAZOR & TIE DISTRIBUTED LABEL SH-K-BOOM/GHOSTLIGHT
NABS ONE FOR "IN THE HEIGHTS"

(New York, NY) - In last night's announcement ceremony for the 51st annual Grammy Awards, Razor & Tie Entertainment received three nominations. Joan Baez's album, DAY AFTER TOMORROW was recognized for Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, "Peaches En Regalia" from the album ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA was recognized for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and IN THE HEIGHTS was recognized for Best Musical Show Album.

Celebrating her 50th year in the music industry, Joan Baez has received eight gold albums, seven Grammy nominations and in 2006 was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. DAY AFTER TOMORROW (Bobolink/Razor & Tie), Baez's 24th studio album (first album since 2003), was produced by last year's winner in the Contemporary Folk/Americana category, Steve Earle. DAY AFTER TOMORROW has received universal critical acclaim, described as "a sound of understated elegance (MOJO)", a quite, wisdom-filled work (Huffington Post)," on which "Baez has never never sounded wiser, or more deeply human (Boston Globe)." Baez resumes her US tour in February 2009.

The ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA DVD (Strobosonic/Razor & Tie Entertainment) features the astounding music of the late Frank Zappa played by an expert ensemble led by his son, Dweezil, an accomplished musician in his own right. A critically-acclaimed live tour, in 2006, two ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA shows were pristinely filmed and recorded (in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, respectively) to capture the experience. The result is a double-DVD set, a single audio album, and a limited edition fanpack (featuring the two-DVD set and three CDs containing the entire audio content, totaling 270 minutes). Produced by Pierre and Francois Lamoureux for Strobosonic, the DVDs feature over three hours of performances of Dweezil's "rocking teenage combo", including previous 2006 tour special guests: Steve Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Terry Bozzio. Rolling Stone proclaimed, "ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA is totally truth in advertising: a fantastic band led by guitarist Dweezil Zappa, dedicated to performing the music of his late father with exacting precision."

In addition, Razor & Tie distributed label Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight picks up a nomination in the Best Musical Show Album category, for IN THE HEIGHTS. Ghostlight Records has emerged as the standard bearer on the Broadway music scene. Their team is relentless in their efforts to promote the music of the most innovative new voices on the Broadway scene, and to preserve the music of past productions. Ghostlight's recent releases of the OCRs for Tony winners IN THE HEIGHTS and PASSING STRANGE, as well as their single release featuring the winner of MTV's LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL competition, have brought the label acclaim for their innovative marketing techniques and their efforts to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans via iTunes, music videos and more. Coverage has ranged from Rolling Stone to USA TODAY to The New York Times, from Blender Magazine to Playbill and much more.

December 03, 2008

SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS FEATURED IN EPISODE OF MTV'S MADE ON DECEMBER 6TH


NAMED ONE OF ITUNES BEST ROCK ALBUMS - NEW ARTIST 2008

(New York, NY) - New York's most outrageous rock band, Semi Precious Weapons (SPW) will be featured in an hour long episode of the Emmy Award winning series MTV's MADE on December 6th (2:00 PM ET). Frontman, Justin Tranter, leads the band on a journey where they coach an aspiring teenager in the art of being a rock star, running an accessory business and working in the music industry. SPW was also just named on the iTunes Best of 2008 list for Best Rock Albums- New Artist.

The video for the band's first single, "Magnetic Baby," was filmed during MTV's MADE and the episode features the first look at the footage. The show also includes guest appearances by Mark Hoppus of Blink182/+44 and Panic at the Disco. MADE (http://made.mtv.com) chronicles the challenges and accomplishments that young people face as they attempt a life-changing transformation. To assist on their journey in accomplishing their "makeover", MTV (http://www.mtv.com) provides a coach who doubles as a mentor. The show airs on the heels of Semi Precious Weapons' debut album WE LOVE YOU, released on September 30th. Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie, and Morrissey), the album features 12 in-your-face, raw rock songs and is available in multiple formats: single CD, single CD with necklace, and double jewel case with limited edition gun USB jewelry necklace.

Known for their eccentric and unbelievable live shows, SPW recently performed at Perez Hilton's infamous CMJ showcase alongside Lady Gaga, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and appeared on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" show. The band has been featured in WWD, Zink Magazine, YRB Magazine, Venus Magazine, The New York Post, etc. Vogue has called SPW "a hot new sound for 2008…deliciously animated." Semi Precious Weapons is Justin Tranter (vocals), Stevy Pyne (guitar), Cole Whittle (bass), and Dan Crean (drums).

SPW will join San Francisco's electro-pop-rock outfit Von Iva and Myspace Records' Nico Vega for the Hell On Heels tour in January 2009 (tour dates listed below).

For more information please visit: www.myspace.com/semipreciousweapons or www.semipreciousweapons.com

Semi Precious Weapons Hell On Heels tour:
January
13 Albuquerque, NM Burt's Tiki Lounge
15 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
16 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
18 Austin, TX Emo's
23 Tallahassee, FL Floyd's Music Store
27 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
28 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
29 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
30 Washington, DC Red and Black
31 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
February
1 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
3 Boston, MA TT The Bears
11 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
March
10 San Diego, CA Bar Pink
11 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory
14 Citrus heights, CA Escape Bar

*additional tour dates forthcoming