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June 21, 2010


Razor & Tie is excited to announce the signing of Nicole Atkins, a Brooklyn, New York based songstress. Nicole is bringing her unique voice and crooner core sound to Razor & Tie, who will release Atkins' second album in early 2011.

Formerly signed to Columbia Records, Nicole Atkins and her edgy personality have found an exciting new home with New York City based independent label Razor & Tie. Nicole's powerful, one of a kind voice transcends genres and allows her to feel at home touring with indie musicians to classic rockers.

"I'm so excited to be working with Nicole; I've followed her career for years. This is one of those moments when the fan inside of me gets to work with one of my favorite artists," stated Beka Tischker, Razor & Tie's Vice President of A&R and Music Publishing. Nicole echoed the sentiment, "I'm really happy to be working with a group of people that share my musical vision and who are so supportive."

On the new album, Nicole reveals her growth as a singer and songwriter with a sophisticated batch of new songs. Be prepared for a darker, grittier album with a bluesy, psychedelic sound that still showcases the stunning range and richness of tone that Nicole's voice is known for.

Nicole Atkins grew up in Neptune, New Jersey where she began playing the guitar and writing songs at age 13. She spent her younger years listening to classic artists such as Traffic and Pink Floyd instead of the bubblegum pop that was popular amongst her peers. Eclectic music taste helped shape the sounds on her previous releases, the full length album Neptune City, and two EP's Bleeding Diamonds and Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs.

Nicole is currently recording in Brooklyn, New York with producer Phil Palazzolo. Once the album has been mixed, Nicole will be joining Regina Spektor for several UK shows, followed by a west coast US tour supporting The Black Keys. Nicole has previously toured with The Avett Brothers, AC Newman, Ray Davies, Aimee Mann, and Chris Isaak.

The signing of Nicole Atkins reflects Razor & Tie's commitment to a growing and diverse artist roster which includes Dave Barnes, All That Remains, Dead Confederate, Norma Jean, and The Summer Set. The New York-based label is one of the fastest growing independent record companies in the United States, and has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in its 20 year history.
June 18, 2010



"Norma Jean's first true masterpiece." - Alternative Press
"Meridional hits plenty hard. Four stars!" - Revolver
"Career defining. The songwriting has never been stronger." - Decibel

Norma Jean's highly anticipated album, Meridional, is officially available for presale. Presale packages will be available in four tiers. Regardless of what package fans choose, when ordering from, all presales include an instant download of "Deathbed Atheist," the second new song from the album after "Leaderless and Self Enlisted."

The standard package for $10 includes the Meridional physical CD as well as the ability to digitally download the album on release day, July 13th. For fans interested in merchandise, the Standard + T-Shirt package is available for $25. This tier includes both the physical and digital albums, as well as an exclusive t-shirt that can only be purchased through the presale. The Deluxe package includes the physical and digital albums, the exclusive t-shirt, and a 2 Disc 180 Gram Gatefold Vinyl edition of Meridional for $50. The $75 option includes all of the above merchandise as well as a 12"x12" lithograph of the Meridional album artwork, autographed by all the members of Norma Jean.

Meridional's release coincides with the start of the Mayhem Festival where Norma Jean will be playing on the Mayhem Festival Stage with Atreyu, In This Moment, and 3 Inches Of Blood. Mayhem Festival headliners include Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb Of God, and Five Finger Death Punch. Norma Jean recently returned from a short-run tour with Every Time I Die, supported by Cancer Bats.

The five-piece metal band from Atlanta is Cory Brandon (vocals/guitar), Scottie Henry (guitar), Jake Schultz (bass), Chris Day (guitar) and Chris Raines (drums). They have previously released four records prior to Meridional, selling over 365,000 albums. The Grammy-nominated band is known for their artistically chaotic sound which has influenced and resonated with the metal community.
June 17, 2010



When the name Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett is mentioned, many thoughts come to mind - glamour girl, former Playboy Playmate, reality show superstar, wife, and most recently, mother. After Kendra and her husband Hank Baskett welcomed their son Hank IV in December 2009, she struggled to shed the 55 pounds she put on during her pregnancy and get her body back into her pre-body shape. So she teamed up with celebrity trainer Nicky Holender and the duo created five workouts plus a booty burner. The six workouts can be found on her latest release, "Be a Knockout With Kendra."

This DVD is Kendra's solo debut into the fitness market. Kendra is best known for co-starring on E! Entertainment's "The Girls Next Door," which followed Wilkinson and two other Playboy Playmates as they revealed what life was like behind the secretive doors of the Playboy Mansion. In 2009, she left "The Girls Next Door" to pursue her own reality series, aptly titled "Kendra." The show premiered to E!'s highest ratings since 2002 and follows Kendra as she adjusts to life outside the Mansion, her engagement and marriage to Hank Baskett, and the start of their family with the birth of Hank IV.

Regardless of what show she stars in or what magazine covers she appears on, Kendra is always known for her outgoing, spontaneous and self-described "tomboy" personality. When it was time to bounce back in shape after the birth of her son, Kendra wanted to incorporate the sports and activities that she enjoys in her spare time to help drop the weight rather than do a basic cardio routine.

Professional athlete Nicky Holender specializes in personal and sports training for business executives, film and television actors, and musicians as well as pro athletes. In addition to Kendra, his clients include musician Mel B from the Spice girls, international music star Robbie Williams, host of the hit show The Bachelor Chris Harrison, and Dancing with the Stars and Brothers and Sisters actor Gilles Marini. Born and raised in London, Nicky previously played professional soccer for both the US and UK teams.

"Be A Knockout With Kendra" is available now at and through Amazon. Starting July 18th, the video will also be available through Target and will include an exclusive free trial subscription to US Weekly. The fitness DVD will be available for purchase everywhere on September 7th.

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June 10, 2010



Just Surrender has pushed up the date of their latest album, Phoenix, as a result of a leak this past weekend. The album can now be heard on Just Surrender's Facebook page ( where the album is streaming in its entirety. The album will be released digitally on iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital service providers June 22nd. "Take Me Home", the second single off of Phoenix, will still be available exclusively on iTunes June 15th. iTunes will also feature the album and music video for "On My Own" at $7.99 on the digital release date. Physical copies of the album will be available at stores nationwide on July 13th. Fans who attend any of Just Surrender's upcoming tour dates will be able to purchase the physical album at the venue, as well as the 7" color vinyl singles for "On My Own" and "Take Me Home."

"Because our album's online, you can go illegally download it and be a jerk or you can come to our website and stream it for free on today," stated vocalist Jason Maffucci in a new viral video Just Surrender recorded. The video is available to view at

New York-based Just Surrender is Jason Maffucci (vocals), Dan Simons (vocals/guitars), Hammer (bass), Jolly Ubriaco (guitars) and Steve Miller (drums). The band formed right out of high school in 2003 and haven't stopped since. They have sold over 40,000 albums to date with their two previous independent releases and have maintained a consistent presence on the punk/emo touring scene. Just Surrender has previously played with bands including The Starting Line, All Time Low, We The Kings, Taking Back Sunday, and Bowling For Soup amongst others, as well as performed on the Vans Warped Tour and Bamboozle. They are currently playing dates on the Zumies Couch Tour.
June 07, 2010


After an extremely successful run on the Spring 2010 Alternative Press Tour, the Arizona pop band is preparing to take the summer by storm by joining an all-star lineup at this year's 2010 Vans Warped Tour. The Summer Set were also the featured performers at the CBS College Sports Network's Alt Games in May and have their hit single "Chelsea" available on the popular Rock Band Network for XBox Live.

Concluding the Alt Press Tour, The Summer Set headlined the closing celebration for the CBS College Sports Network's Alt Games at San Diego's Wave House on May 15th. The competition and closing day were filmed for airing on CBS Sports in June and will feature The Summer Set's performance.

While fans wait for the band to go back on the road, they can find "Chelsea", the first single off Love Like This, available now on the Rock Band Network for XBox Live users. Fans can emulate any of the band members as they play along to the hit song.

The Summer Set will spend the summer on the Glamour Kills Clothing Stage at the Vans Warped Tour alongside Alesana, Attack Attack!, VersaEmerge, and more. The Vans Warped Tour kicks off on June 25th in California and ends August 15th in Oregon.
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