SOURCE: KOCH Records

August 12, 2008 11:22 ET

Barbie™ Soundtrack Showcases Fresh Sounds From Girls' Best Friend!

"Barbie & The Diamond Castle" CD From KOCH Records Treats Fans to Barbie™-Style Pop Tunes Fit for a Princess!; Includes "Connected" -- Performed by Katharine McPhee!

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - Girls everywhere, get set to sparkle... when KOCH Records introduces "Barbie™ & The Diamond Castle," a shiny-new collection of upbeat pop songs based on the first "best friends"-themed Barbie™ musical movie! The new movie and CD release features "Connected" performed by Katharine McPhee. "Barbie™ & The Diamond Castle" soundtrack makes its national retail debut September 12, 2008.

Continuing to win the hearts of girls, Barbie Entertainment offers something exciting and new for every generation of fans. "Barbie™ & The Diamond Castle" is the newest release in the successful, popular Barbie™ entertainment franchise. For the first time, it gives Barbie™ a hip, updated sound, while introducing girls to the brand's timeless charm.

"Barbie is a beloved icon that transcends generations and we're thrilled to be part of the phenomenon," said Veronica Villarreal, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for KOCH Records. "The music from the 'Barbie™ & The Diamond Castle' movie is truly terrific and 'in tune' with the enchantment and imagination that the enduring brand inspires among girls. This CD is the Barbie brand's first pop-style collection, and we are confident it will strike the perfect 'chord' with fans nationwide."

"Barbie™ & The Diamond Castle" CD features a dozen catchy numbers, including songs from the soon-to-be-released DVD movie of the same name, as well as additional Barbie™ hits from other Barbie™ movie favorites. Katharine McPhee makes a special guest appearance with an exclusive performance of "Connected."

Together, the songs on the CD set to music the story of Liana™ (Barbie™) and her friend Alexa™ (Teresa™), in a suspenseful fairy tale with a modern musical twist. Kids will love joining in on "Two Voices, One Song," "I Need to Know" and "We're Gonna Find It," as they learn about the true meaning of friendship. And two special renditions -- acoustic and pop -- of "Believe" will have girls belting their hearts out.

Prior to the release of the CD and DVD, families can tune in for a sneak peek of "Barbie ™ & The Diamond Castle," airing on Nickelodeon, Sunday, September 7. A complete line of toys and licensed products is available now.

The extensive KOCH catalog includes some of the most popular names in kid's entertainment such as "Sesame Street," "The Wiggles" and "Thomas the Tank" among many others. Barbie™ & The Diamond Castle will be available at major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Toys R' Us, Barnes & Noble, Amazon for an SRP of $9.98 per CD.

About Koch Entertainment

KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twenty-second year, is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels, music publishing as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada. Its record label KOCH Records is the # 1 independent label in the U.S. and had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for seven years in a row (2001 - 2007). KOCH Entertainment is a subsidiary of Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker symbol "ETO.L").

About Mattel

Mattel, Inc., (NYSE: MAT) (www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. Mattel is recognized as one of 2008's "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE Magazine and among the 100 Most Trustworthy U.S. Companies by Forbes Magazine. Committed to ethical manufacturing sustainable business practices, Mattel marked a 10-year milestone in 2007 for its Global Manufacturing Principles. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs more than 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands -- today and tomorrow.

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