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February 11, 2009

KIDZ BOP 15 DEBUTS AT #7; ALBUM IS 9TH CONSECUTIVE KIDZ BOP TITLE TO DEBUT IN BILLBOARD TOP 10

KIDZBOP.COM FEATURES INTERACTIVE MUSIC PLATFORM

(New York, NY) - The latest volume from the best-selling children's audio series, KIDZ BOP 15, has sold over 38,000 units in its first week and has entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #7. This is 9th consecutive KIDZ BOP title to debut in the Top 10. In addition, it is the top album on the Children's chart, joining two other Razor & Tie Entertainment albums in the Top 10, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS UNDENIABLE and KIDZ BOP 14.

KIDZ BOP 15 is enhanced by a range of interactive music experiences at www.KIDZBOP.com, including a free download of the sing-a-long version of the first single, "Let It Rock," and an opportunity for kids to use the Kidz Bop Video Karaoke Maker to upload their own karaoke versions of four different KIDZ BOP songs. For digital mavens, an exclusive, deluxe edition of KIDZ BOP 15 will follow shortly on iTunes, featuring two bonus tracks, "Realize" and "This Is Me." The brand's success continues to buck the downward trend of sales in the contemporary music business landscape.

ABOUT KIDZ BOP LLC
KIDZ BOP is the most-popular and recognized music product in the U.S. for kids aged 5-12. Featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the unique, authentic voice of kids across the entire brand - through music, videos, the popular website KIDZBOP.com, the KIDZ BOP LIVE concert tour and the national Be a KIDZ BOP Star talent competition. KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned nine Gold certifications since their debut in 2001. KIDZBOP.com is a fast-growing online social networking destination, where kids can safely create, share and watch a variety of content, including the popular webshow "Passing Notes." 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.

February 09, 2009

"ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA" PROJECT WINS GRAMMY AWARD

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

(New York, NY) - At last night's 51st annual Grammy Awards ceremony, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, the music of Frank Zappa as performed by his son Dweezil Zappa and ensemble, was recognized for Best Rock Instrumental Performance of "Peaches In Regalia" from the album ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, a Strobosonic/Razor & Tie Entertainment release. IN THE HEIGHTS, the Tony Award winning musical from Razor & Tie distributed label SH-K-Boom/Ghostlight also won for Best Musical Show Album.

"We are very proud to be associated with these outstanding projects," commented Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam. "They are very deserving of Grammy recognition and reflect our commitment to releasing an eclectic group of quality recordings."

Considered by many to be a genius composer, guitarist and producer, Frank Zappa's body of work is as vast, as it is diverse. ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA album and DVD are the astounding music of the late Frank Zappa played by an expert ensemble led by his son, Dweezil Zappa, an accomplished musician in his own right. Two shows from the 2006 critically-acclaimed live tour, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, were pristinely filmed and recorded 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." ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA will be touring extensively this in 2009 with the upcoming West Coast shows (dates here) and more dates to be announced shortly.

Razor & Tie distributed label Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight was awarded the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album 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.


February 03, 2009

KIDZ BOP INTRODUCES INTERACTIVE MUSIC PLATFORM

'KIDZ BOP 15' ARRIVES IN STORES TODAY OFFERING FREE DOWNLOAD AND INTERACTIVE VIDEO KARAOKE FEATURE ON KIDZBOP.COM

(New York, NY) - KIDZ BOP, the most-popular and recognized music brand in the U.S. for kids aged 5-12, today released the latest volume in its best-selling children's music series, KIDZ BOP 15. The album release is enhanced by a range of interactive music experiences at www.KIDZBOP.com, including a free download of the sing-a-long version of the first single, "Let It Rock," and an opportunity for kids to use the Kidz Bop Video Karaoke Maker to upload their own karaoke versions of four different KIDZ BOP songs. For digital mavens, an exclusive, deluxe edition of KIDZ BOP 15 will follow shortly on iTunes, featuring two bonus tracks, "Realize" and "This Is Me." 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.

"We are offering unprecedented interactive opportunities for kids to experience KIDZ BOP 15," explains Liz Nealon, general manager, KIDZ BOP. "And all KIDZ BOP products are kid-friendly and parent-approved, making it a worry-free entertainment experience the whole family can participate in at home or on the move."

Leading the way in digital A&R for the 21st century, KIDZ BOP is finding tomorrow's stars by creating a one-of-a-kind virtual space in which talented kids can upload performance videos and web shows for the entertainment of their peers. Nealon has made interactive initiatives a priority for KIDZ BOP since joining the company in October. She adds, "As we continue to evolve the KIDZ BOP brand, we understand the importance of creating a sophisticated, yet kid-friendly, safe online environment that allows this audience to express themselves and interact with others on their own terms. The new karaoke feature gives all kids the chance to take the virtual stage to be seen and have their voices heard."

A phenomenon among kids and a favorite with parents, the KIDZ BOP series has sold 11 million CDs since launching eight years ago. Best known for popular songs performed by kids, KIDZ BOP celebrates the unique, authentic voice of kids across the entire brand - through music, videos, the popular website KIDZBOP.com, the KIDZ BOP LIVE concert tour and the national Be a KIDZ BOP Star talent competition.

KIDZ BOP 15 Track Listing:
1/So What
2/Let It Rock*
3/When I Grow Up
4/American Boy
5/Forever
6/Hot N Cold
7/Disturbia
8/Burnin' Up
9/I'm Yours
10/One Step At A Time
11/7 Things
12/Better in Time
13/What About Now
14/Love Story
15/Crush
16/Gotta Be Somebody
17/Take A Bow
18/Tell Me Something I Don't Know

* Bonus video included

February 02, 2009

DAVE BARNES RELEASES NEW MUSIC EP YOU, THE NIGHT, & CANDLELIGHT ON FEBRUARY 3RD

(New York, NY) - Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes' will release a new EP on February 3rd - YOU, THE NIGHT, & CANDLELIGHT. To coincide with the five track release, his website (www.davebarnes.com), will unveil a interactive advice column and contest on February 1st. For fourteen days leading up to Valentine's Day, Dave will post one video a day answering love advice questions with his unique sense of humor. Fans can also enter to win an iPod Touch and a personal call from Dave Barnes. He continues to tour in support of his Razor & Tie release, ME AND YOU AND THE WORLD (tour dates below).

"I'm really excited about this EP because it's a combo of old stuff and new stuff with the twist of a cover thrown in there." Dave Barnes adds, "It's also great having a new site also. The site actually feels like an internet version of me. Music/Meanderings/Really odd humor."

Barnes toured in 2008 with Los Lonely Boys, Hanson, One Republic, Bonnie Raitt and Taylor Swift. ME AND YOU AND THE WORLD 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. His 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)". Billboard declared, "Many of the best pop songwriters have come out of Nashville and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe." Known for his original comedy web shorts, Barnes has had over 525,000 YouTube views.

YOU, THE NIGHT, & CANDLELIGHT track list:
1. Loving You Loving Me
2. I Have and Always Will
3. My Girl
4. Until You
5. Home

Dave Barnes tour dates:
FEBRUARY
4 Hattiesburg, MS Mughshots Grill & Bar
5 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
6 Dallas, TX Pontiac Garage @ HOB
7 Waco, TX Common Grounds
8 Austin, TX Stubb's Bar-B-Q
10 Henderson, TN Loyd Auditorium
18 Newport, KY Southgate House
19 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
20 Nashville, TN The Exit/In
21 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
22 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
MARCH
5 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
6 Chicago, IL Subterranean
7 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
8 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
13 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
14 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
18 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java
19 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
20 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
21 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
22 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live Upstairs
23 Waco, TX Baylor University
JUNE
11 Chattanooga, TN Riverbend Festival


For more information, please contact:

Kerri Brusca/Razor & Tie
212-598-2212 or Kbrusca@razorandtie.com