Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 10:48AM
This week Razor & Tie continues to take the lead among independent labels in the United States, with four titles on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Debuting this week on the chart are the classic rock legends Foreigner, alt-rocker Kevin Devine, and the emo-punk band Saves The Day. All three releases mark the first with Razor & Tie. Razor & Tie recently announced the signing of rock bands For Today and Hit The Lights and will announce four more bands in the coming weeks.
Foreigner jumps onto the Billboard Top 200 Chart this week at #45, selling over 9,600 of their latest release, the DVD/CD set Feels Like The First Time, which was sold exclusively in Walmarts in North America (Canada release date 9.20.11) and digitally through Amazon and iTunes. Indie artist Kevin Devine’s Behind the Concrete and Clouds makes a debut at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and a Top 200 debut at #188. Emo punk rockers, Saves The Day, return to the Top Album Chart at #100 with their first album in over four years, Daybreak. The latest KIDZ BOP title, KIDZ BOP 20, stays in the on the Billboard Top 200 Chart for its ninth straight week currently at #46 with sales exceeding 241,000 to date. KIDZ BOP 20 is #1 on the Children’s Chart alongside with six other KIDZ BOP titles total on the chart.
Razor & Tie has had an active 2011 with releases from singer songwriter Vanessa Carlton, the pop punk band The Summer Set, children’s music stars Laurie Berkner and The Wiggles, indie rockers Richard Ashcroft and Nicole Atkins, as well as the Artery Recordings metal bands Chelsea Grin, Vanna and Attila. Recent Fall releases have included the three chart debuts: Foreigner, Kevine Devine and Saves The Day, as well as new music from Dave Stewart, Madina Lake (#29 on Heatseekers Chart this week), and Man Made Machine. 2011 will close with EPs from both Nicole Atkins and Vanessa Carlton and two new children’s holiday music releases from KIDZ BOP and The Wiggles.
The New York City-based label Razor & Tie is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the United States and is the parent company of Kidz Bop, LLC. Founded in 1990 by Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, Razor & Tie has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in its 20-year history. A vertically-integrated company, Razor & Tie encompasses a record label with major label distribution, a music publishing business, a media buying company, and a full service audio/visual creative production studio. The label continues to expand a diverse and acclaimed roster that includes such artists as Vanessa Carlton, Foreigner, Dave Stewart, Richard Ashcroft, Nicole Atkins, Angelique Kidjo, Saves The Day, Madina Lake, Dave Barnes, All That Remains, Dweezil Zappa, Dar Williams, Chelsea Grin and The Summer Set.