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November 24, 2009

DAY OF FIRE'S NEW SINGLE "LATELY" IS AVAILABLE ONLINE TODAY!

iTUNES EXCLUSIVE INCLUDES ALBUM VERSION, LIVE AUDIO AND LIVE VIDEO - iTUNES LINK


Nashville based hard rockers Day Of Fire's forthcoming release, LOSING ALL, features 13 ambitious, high energy rock songs.

Set for release on January 26, 2010, LOSING ALL is a powerful hard-rock record that showcases the growth of band professionally and personally. Day Of Fire is vocalist Josh Brown, guitarist Joe Pangallo, his brother Chris Pangallo on bass, and drummer Zach Simms.

NEWS

Day of Fire's single, "Lately", is available now as an exclusive iTunes bundle. Included in the bundle is the album version of "Lately", a live audio version of the song, and a live video.

'Lately' is climbing the charts on Active Rock and Christian rock radio. It was #1 most added at Christian Rock on impact week and #2 Most Added at Active Rock.

Helping to build on this radio success, the band has radio shows lined up for the month of December and a slated tour in the works for January/February 2010.

RADIO SHOW DATES

12/4 - WRXW/Jackson, MS *
12/10 - WRTT/Huntsville, AL
12/18 - WTZR/Kingsport, TN **

*WITH COLD & ARANDA
**WITH POP EVIL, BOYS LIKE GIRLS & WE THE KINGS

January/February 2010 Tour Dates Forthcoming

www.dayoffire.com
www.myspace.com/dayoffire
http://twitter.com/dayoffire

NORMA JEAN PERFORMING NEW SONG "KILL MORE PRESIDENTS" ON THE EXPLOSIONS 2009 TOUR

CREATING LIVE MUSIC VIDEO VIA FAN VIDEO CLIPS WITH PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAYS

NEW ALBUM OUT SUMMER 2010

Calling all Norma Jean fans--get your video phones & flip cams charged and ready to record the live performance of their new song, "Kill More Presidents," for their current EXPLOSIONS 2009 Tour. The band is asking fans to use their portable digital cameras to film the band playing the new song live and then upload to a microsite after the show. Norma Jean will then create a live music video with all material coming from fan submissions.

For those who submit video clips, Norma Jean offer a hefty set of prizes from such sponsors as Monster Energy, Activision/Tony Hawk RIDE, Alternative Press Magazine, Denny's, Keep A Breast, Rockett Clothing and Hot Topic. Those without a digital video camera can still submit their email address for the Norma Jean mailing list and enter to win the second tier prize pack. Winners will be chosen at random.

Norma Jean will be playing "Kill More Presidents" live on the 2009 EXPLOSIONS tour with support from Horse The Band, The Chariot, and Arsonists Get All The Girls. A new Norma Jean album is slated for summer 2010.

Click here for the contest microsite: http://www.normajeannoise.com/video/

"one of noisy hardcore's more convincing and dexterous." Alternative Press

"swinging, furious urgency..." Revolver

"sounds like a thousand rabid children hacking away at a pinata packed with explosives." Decibel

"Norma Jean's hidden strength lies in their dedication to melody." All Music Guide

"Norma Jean sounds like extra time in a brutal pit. Awesome." Kerrang!

"this band kind of totally rules." Altpress.com

"Norma Jean have transcended the metalcore scene entirely .....raw, melodic and extremely angry" Artist Direct


NORMA JEAN MUSIC / VIDEOS AND LINKS

http://www.myspace.com/normajean
http://twitter.com/NormaJeanband
http://www.facebook.com/normajean
http://www.youtube.com/user/antimother


Norma Jean Tour Dates

Nov 24 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
Nov 25 - Ponoma, CA - The Glasshouse
Nov 27 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Nov 28 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Nov 29 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Nov 30 - Boise, ID - The Venue
Dec 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
Dec 2 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Dec 4 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Dec 5 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Dec 6 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Dow
Dec 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Dec 8 - Toronto, Ontario - The Opera House
Dec 9 - Montreal, Quebec - La Tulipe
Dec 11 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Dec 12 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Dec 13 - Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
Dec 14 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
Dec 15 - Columbia, SC - New Brooklyn Tavern
Dec 17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Dec 18 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater
Dec 19 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
**featuring Horse The Band, The Chariot and Arsonists Get All The Girls

November 18, 2009

NORMA JEANS SIGNS TO RAZOR & TIE

NEW ALBUM OUT SUMMER 2010

HEADLINING EXPLOSIONS 2009 TOUR THIS WINTER

Acclaimed post-hardcore heavy rockers Norma Jean signs with Razor & Tie and plans a 2010 album release. The band will headline the "Explosions 2009" US tour in late November through December. Norma Jean will play their breakthrough album Bless The Martyr and Kiss the Child in its entirety on select dates. This is the band's first headlining trek since the Fall of last year and boasts an impressive lineup - Horse The Band, The Chariot and Arsonists Get All The Girls - with a few surprises from the powerful live band. In January Norma Jean will head into the studio to record a new album for a 2010 summer release.

Cory Brandan of Norma jean comments, "If we didn't sign to Razor & Tie, I think we would have gone on a killing spree, with no regard for life or limb. I think for the first time in our career, upon presenting our ideas, we get to hear the word "yes" more often. It's like discovering an unknown tribe on a distant island. Except we're the tribe and we don't know your language. Plus we have spears and swords and we're cannibals. Either way, we're insanely animated about R&T showing up and want to try on their Nike Air Jordans."

NORMA JEAN
Atlanta-based post-hardcore rockers Norma Jean have released four albums to date selling over 360,000 combined. The band's last album, The Anti Mother, debuted at #29 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and received rave reviews with Alternative Press calling it "ambitious and addictive." The album is the most furious, and yet melodic, music of their career and featured Page Hamilton of Helmet as well as a collaboration with Deftones' frontman Chino Moreno. The Grammy nominated band has an enormous online following with over 15 million MySpace plays and 267,000 MySpace friends as well as over 15,000 Facebook friends. Norma Jean has spent the last few years on the road - headlining the mainstage on the 2008 Warped Tour, secondstage on the 2006 Ozzfest, and has toured with countless bands worldwide. Norma Jean is Cory Brandan (lead vocals/guitars), Scottie Henry (guitars), Jake Schultz (bass), Chris Day (guitars) and Chris Raines (drums). The band is managed by Tim Smith and Chris Byrnes of Blood Company and booked by Nick Storch at The Agency Group.

"one of noisy hardcore's more convincing and dexterous." Alternative Press

"swinging, furious urgency..." Revolver

"sounds like a thousand rabid children hacking away at a pinata packed with explosives." Decibel

"Norma Jean's hidden strength lies in their dedication to melody." All Music Guide

"Norma Jean sounds like extra time in a brutal pit. Awesome." Kerrang!

"this band kind of totally rules." Altpress.com

"Norma Jean have transcended the metalcore scene entirely .....raw, melodic and extremely angry" Artist Direct

NORMA JEAN MUSIC/VIDEOS AND LINKS

http://www.myspace.com/normajean
http://twitter.com/NormaJeanband
http://www.facebook.com/normajean/

VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/user/antimother

NORMA JEAN TOUR DATES
Nov-19 New Orleans, LA The Hangar
Nov-20 Houston, TX Meridian
Nov-21 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Nov-22 Ft. Worth, TX The Door
Nov-24 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
Nov-25 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
Nov-27 San Francisco, CA Slims
Nov-28 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Nov-29 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Nov-30 Boise, ID The Venue
Dec-01 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
Dec-02 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Dec-04 St. Paul, MN Station Four
Dec-05 Chicago, IL Reggie's
Dec-06 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
Dec-07 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Dec-08 Toronto, ON Opera House
Dec-09 Montreal, QC Tulipe
Dec-11 New York, NY Gramercy
Dec-12 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Dec-13 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
Dec-14 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Dec-15 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Dec-17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Dec-18 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater
Dec-19 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

**featuring Horse The Band, The Chariot and Arsonists Get All The Girls

November 17, 2009

ANGELIQUE KIDJO'S OYO TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 9 ON RAZOR & TIE

Kidjo Returns to Her Roots to Interpret the Music That Inspired Her Growing Up in Benin: Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, James Brown and Miriam Makeba, Plus Beninese Traditional Music and Songs from Hollywood and Bollywood Films


Angelique Kidjo has been deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine, and the moniker speaks accurately to the singular career and life she has forged: Like Miriam Makeba was before her, Kidjo is the continent's most internationally celebrated female musical exponent. And yet, the GRAMMY-winning artist has lived outside Africa for more than two decades. She currently resides in New York City, where she is an exceptionally active member of the music scene, and she reaches people around the world with her recordings, tours and philanthropic work. On her new album, Kidjo revisits the music that was instrumental in her artistic formation in Benin, the country whose communist dictatorship she fled in the early '80s. Razor & Tie will release the disc, entitled OYO, on February 9, 2010.

Although OYO is primarily comprised of covers, the music is instantly recognizable as Kidjo's: The first thing one hears at the outset of the album is her breathtaking voice, long-sustaining the first word of "Zelie," a song written by Bella Bellow from Togo. There are various other African songs, including "Lakutshn Llanga," a lullaby made famous by Kidjo's hero, Miriam Makeba, and the Beninese traditional song "Atcha Houn." Many tracks reveal the prevalence of American soul and funk in the port city of Cotonou, where Kidjo grew up: She duets with John Legend and is joined by the horns of Antibalas on Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up," offers Yoruban interpretations of Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" and Santana's "Samba Pa Ti," collaborates with Diane Reeves on the Aretha Franklin hit, "Baby I Love You," and also takes on James Brown's "Cold Sweat." Other highlights include the Sidney Bechet tune "Petite Fleur," a favorite of Kidjo's father, who passed away last year, and "Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka," the theme song of a Bollywood film they saw together some ten times.

Recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (D'Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, OYO features a band of highly accomplished musicians, including another Benin-born, New York-based artist, the guitarist Lionel Loueke, as well as Christian McBride on upright bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Thiokho Diagne on percussion. The trumpeter Roy Hargove makes a memorable appearance on "Samba Pa Ti."

OYO comes on the heels of Kidjo's Djin Djin, which featured performances by a roster of eminent artists who admire her: Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Joss Stone, Branford Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Ziggy Marley and Amadou & Mariam, to name just a few.

In advance of the new album's release, Kidjo will perform December 4 in Cape Town, South Africa at the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. She will headline concerts around the world this spring.

Constantly recording and touring, Kidjo is equally engaged in advocacy and activism, from UNICEF (for whom she is a Goodwill Ambassador) to her own Batonga Foundation , which provides educational aid to young African girls. In September 2009, she joined forces with UNICEF in a campaign to eliminate tetanus. A portion of proceeds for downloads of the song, "You Can Count On Me," will provide tetanus vaccines to pregnant women and mothers. Another haunting song, "Agbalagba," was originally penned for and offered as a free download with the New York Times best-selling book Say You're One Of Them by African writer Uwem Akpan. The book, recently featured in Oprah Winfrey's book club, consists of five stories, each written from the point of view of a child in Africa.

OYO Track Listing
1. Zelie
2. Samba Pa Ti (feat. Roy Hargrove)
3. Move On Up (feat. John Legend)
4. Lakutshona Llanga
5. I've Got Dreams To Remember
6. Kelele
7. Baby, I Love You (feat. Dianne Reeves)
8. Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka
9. Petite Fleur
10. Afia
11. Cold Sweat
12. Out Of Africa
13. Mbube
14. Atcha Houn
15. You Can Count On Me (Bonus Track)
16. Agbalagba (Bonus Track)

www.kidjo.com
www.myspace.com/angeliquekidjo
www.BatongaFoundation.org
Press Photos and Assets: Angelique Kidjo Media Page