SOURCE: Atlantic Records

March 22, 2007 14:05 ET

Fueled By Ramen Teams Up With VTech and Brightcove to Present Groundbreaking "FBR+"; New Site to Feature Such Stars as Panic! At The Disco, Including Concerts, Videos, and Other Exclusive

Content; FBR+ to Go Live on March 27th With Exclusive Performance From Paramore

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 22, 2007 -- Fueled By Ramen Records is kicking off its second decade with an innovative new way of bringing its unique brand of music to the people. The label -- known for such exciting and idiosyncratic modern rock bands as Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Gym Class Heroes, and Cute Is What We Aim For -- will now offer fans an assortment of exclusive multi-media content via its new site, FBR+.

Set to launch on March 27th, FBR+ -- located at www.fbrplus.com -- will be highlighted by the FBR+ Live Series. Presented in association with VTech and Brightcove, the FBR+ Live Series will stream high-quality concert performances by Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance artists, at no cost to the fans. The site's debut offering will come from Paramore, filmed last September at a sold-out House of Blues in Anaheim, California during the Tennessee-based quintet's first-ever headlining tour. The webcast heralds the upcoming release of Paramore's as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due in stores on June 12th.

Additional exclusive content will also be featured on FBR+, including videos, original music, webisodes, and a variety of other select surprises from today's best and brightest bands. Among the upcoming artists to be featured will be the one-and-only Panic! At The Disco, filmed at Fairfax, Virginia's Patriot Center during their debut arena tour last November. The exclusive live footage will hit FBR+ in mid-April.

What's more, future concerts from Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance's most electrifying acts will be filmed for the FBR+ Live Series. Some of the artists that users can expect to see in all their onstage glory will be The Academy Is... (whose eagerly awaited second album, "SANTI," arrives on April 3rd), Gym Class Heroes (whose breakthrough single, "Cupid's Chokehold," is currently bulleting up the Top 10 at CHR/Top 40 radio outlets nationwide), and Cute Is What We Aim For (whose acclaimed debut album, "THE SAME OLD BLOOD RUSH WITH A NEW TOUCH," entered the record books last summer as the fastest selling release in FBR's 10-year history).

"We're always working on new ways to be forward-thinking about maintaining our online presence," says Fueled By Ramen president/co-founder John Janick. "We developed our label though the internet, using it to get our artists out there by building a true grassroots community. Working with VTech and using Brightcove for the FBR+ Live Series represents an exciting new avenue for introducing great original content from FBR's artists into the digital world."

As ever, Fueled By Ramen maintains an extraordinary presence online, with much of its roster standing among the internet's best loved and most visible artists. Label artists maintain hugely popular pages at such sites as MySpace, PureVolume, and LiveJournal, while at YouTube, Fueled By Ramen's official channel -- www.youtube.com/fueledbyramen -- ranks as the video sharing website's 7th Most Viewed channel of all time.

Furthermore, the label's online store -- found at http://store.fueledbyramen.com -- serves as a one-stop shop for all FBR artists, offering official merchandise, digital music, high-quality videos, and ringtones from such luminaries as Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Gym Class Heroes.

VTech is one of the world's largest suppliers of corded and cordless phones and a leading supplier of electronic learning products. It also provides highly sought-after contract manufacturing services. Founded in 1976, the Group's mission is to be the most cost effective designer and manufacturer of innovative, high quality consumer electronics products, and to distribute them to markets worldwide in the most efficient manner. For more information visit www.vtech.com.

Brightcove is an Internet TV service that empowers video producers and programmers to build broadband businesses while giving viewers more choices and control over their use of video and television. Founded by Internet pioneer Jeremy Allaire in 2004 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Brightcove is the market-leading Internet video partner for international news and entertainment businesses, including British Sky Broadcasting (Sky), Discovery Communications Inc., Dow Jones & Company, Inc., MTV Networks, National Geographic Society, The New York Times Company, Reuters, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Time Life, TMZ, Warner Music Group, and Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. For more information visit www.brightcove.com.

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