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Pop / Rock 08/11/2006

Sony Music Label Group U.S./Columbia Records and Wilderness Media and Entertainment Proudly Announce Premiere Album Releases

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NEW YORK, NY (Columbia Records) -- Sony Music Label Group U.S. / Columbia Records and Wilderness Media & Entertainment, the gay media and entertainment portfolio company owned by LOGO founder Matt Farber, proudly announce the first two signed artists as well as two compilation CDs to be released by MUSIC WITH A TWIST (TWIST), the first major record label dedicated to identifying and developing lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) artists.

MUSIC WITH A TWIST's first two signed artists:
- The Gossip, a rock band based in Portland, Oregon, composed of lead singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine, and drummer Hannah Blilie. Their music is raw, punk-inspired rebellious rock and roll, but with catchy hooks and the incredible power of Beth Ditto's unique lead vocals. The Gossip have developed a huge following based on years of touring, and recently landed the opening slot on the Scissor Sisters European tour.
- Kirsten Price is a London-bred classically trained singer and multi-instrumentalist who defies definition. Kirsten has sculpted her material into a melting pot firmly based in (but transcending) old school soul. Bridging the gap between Mussel Shoals Alabama circa 1960's and 21st Century Fort Greene Brooklyn with a fresh, unique yet timeless sound, the only label you can stick on this one is ... "Kirsten Price."
Both of these artists will be recording their debut CDs to street in 2007.

MUSIC WITH A TWIST compilations:
"The L Word 'L Tunes'" -- a compilation CD that contains music from or inspired by "The L Word," to be released in January 2007, concurrent with season four of the hit series on Showtime. TWIST artist Kirsten Price will be featured on this collection and her video for the song "Magic Tree" will be featured as part of "The L Word" promotional campaign.

"Music With a Twist 'Revolutions'," a compilation CD that features the songs of ten new LGBT artists spanning multiple genres, all who are being considered for TWIST signing. This compilation will be released in January 2007. A few artists featured on this CD are:
- Jonathan Mendelsohn, a new singer-songwriter based in New York. He makes infectious pop/dance music, and sings with a voice of real soulful power. He is also the lead vocalist on the upcoming album by dance favorite the Wamdue Project.
- God-des & She, an extremely popular female hip-hop duo from Wisconsin. God-des is a unique rap artist who is adept at expressing her unique point of view through clever rhymes. The group's singer, named simply "She," complements God-des' rhymes with soulful vocals.
- Ivri Lider, one of Israel's biggest rock stars, is ready to replicate that success in the rest of the world. His music is haunting and original, matched by his rich deep vocals. He sings in both English and Hebrew.

Columbia Records Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett states: "We are very excited and proud to be joining forces with Music With A Twist to help find and nurture these talented new artists. From his years as an executive at MTV to his founding of LOGO and Radio With A Twist, Matt Farber has been a maverick in the world of entertainment. We look forward to a very long and successful partnership."

Wilderness Media & Entertainment President Matt Farber adds: "These artist signings and compilations represent the vision for TWIST ... to create a home for gay artists of all genres to experience mainstream success without having to compromise any part of their identity. I am thrilled that The Gossip, Kirsten Price, The creators of 'The L Word,' and all the artists who are part of the "Revolutions" compilation have chosen TWIST/Columbia as their major label home.

Launched in 2006, the TWIST label allows artists to benefit from access to, and exposure through, the network of brands in the Wilderness Media & Entertainment portfolio. This includes the nationally syndicated radio show Radio With a Twist, which recently announced its partnership with Clear Channel's syndication department, Premiere Radio Networks, as well as Instinct Publishing and America Online. In addition, TWIST artists are served by the Sony Music Label Group U.S./ Columbia Records marketing, promotion and distribution channels.

The TWIST roster features LGBT artists who have mass appeal and hit potential across all musical genres and TWIST is constantly scouting for new talent across the county. To send your information/demo to a TWIST A&R representative, please contact [email protected]. Please do not send MP3s.

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