SOURCE: Paid, Inc.

PAID, Inc.

October 15, 2010 09:06 ET

Rockapella Is Back With a Bang

New "Bang" Album Available Now

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 15, 2010) - "Bang!" It's startling... exhilarating... impossible to ignore. It's Rockapella's long-awaited new studio album "Bang" available now in online outlets under the Shakariki Records, Inc./PAID, Inc. (OTCBB: PAYD) label. The world's most loved five-man contemporary pop vocal phenomenon known for their astonishing live performances and their five-year stint as the house band on the PBS hit kids game show, "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?," delivers a breathtaking album that stays true to the group's roots of melding soul, rock, rhythm and blues together to form their trademark style of contemporary pop music. "Bang" is Rockapella's 13th studio release -- their first new album since 2004 -- and is the first to feature their newest member, Steven Dorian.

"'Bang' sounds like Rockapella live, but in a modern, aggressive studio with sharp edges," says Scott Leonard, Rockapella's high tenor. "The songs are deconstructed. The performances and arrangements are naked and loud, the mixes are edgy and bumpin'. The result... unforgettable."

Rockapella vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher stated enthusiastically, "'Bang' successfully shows off our completely human take on contemporary music -- everything about it is alive; it's real and its blood is pumping! Fans can get up close and hear its pulse, or sit back and just enjoy. The unique mix of vocal talent that has always been the magic of Rockapella is unmistakable. "Bang" grabs your attention and can speak to every listener on a fundamental level we all share."

Rivaling the charisma and energy of their live performances, "Bang" features 12 all-original tracks (at least one written by each band member), a new-to-the-world track by songwriter Vincent John D'Annunzio, plus a bonus track cover of Vampire Weekend's A-Punk.

Tracks:
1) Bang
2) Hard Time
3) 4U4NOW4LIFE
4) Tell Me What You Want
5) Nuthin' But
6) California Sad-Eyed Girl
7) Tonight
8) Shemibos
9) Malibu Grand Prix
10) Too Much
11) Babygirl
12) The Shortest Path
13) No Pressure
14) A-Punk

Don't wait another minute to hear the album, which is currently featured on AOL Music's Full CD Listening Party: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/15

"Bang" can be purchased through Rockapella.com via digital download, physical CDs and even a Deluxe Package, which includes two live bonus tracks and a microphone shaped memory stick with the album preloaded onto it.

The "Bang" bonus track, A-Punk, is already attracting attention for its unconventional flip sonic demeanor. As Rob Harvilla of the Village Voice noted, "The boys have tackled A-Punk, and the result makes way more sense than it has any right to. Excellent job..." (Free A-Punk bonus track download available at: http://www.rockapella.com/)

"Rockapella has been instrumental in defining the contemporary pop vocal group genre which is enjoying a resurgence of interest, reflected in the runaway popularity of television series such as 'Glee' and 'Sing-Off,'" said Andy Martel, Rockapella's co-manager. "Many of the new fans of vocal group music are sure to love 'Bang,' and be absolutely spellbound by Rockapella's live performances of these tracks. We've connected with a cappella fans, as well as those who simply appreciate good pop music, and built a community through Facebook, Twitter and the entire spectrum of social media, to ensure that they have the opportunity to experience vocal music at its very finest."

Order your tickets now for Rockapella's upcoming live performances of "Bang" throughout North America at http://www.rockapella.com/index.cfm/pk/content/pid/24935

Fans can follow Rockapella's New York City media tour and national appearances in support of the album by tuning in for the following interviews:

Fri., Oct. 15 

  • 10:00 a.m. WRVW Nashville, TN

Sun., Oct. 17

  • 10 p.m. Geraldo at Large (Fox News)

Mon., Oct. 18

  • 9:50 a.m. Good Day New York (Fox NY)
  • 2-3 p.m. Strategy Room (Fox News)

Tues., Oct. 19

  • 8 a.m. SIRIUS XM- Martha Stewart Living Radio
  • 1 p.m. ABC's What's the Buzz

Wed., Oct. 20-Oct. 27

  • US Weekly (UsMagazine.com) -- feature on homepage

Visit www.Rockapella.com for additional links to upcoming live interviews and archived feature interviews.

The album is available for download from the following:

Follow Rockapella:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockapellamusic/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Rockapella
iLike: http://www.ilike.com/artist/Rockapella
myspace: http://www.myspace.com/rockapella
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RockapellaDotCom

ABOUT ROCKAPELLA:
Rockapella was formed for the sheer love of performing; singing on New York City street corners with a hat out at their feet, where the group caught the eye of a producer who was putting together a television special entitled "Do It A Cappella," hosted by filmmaker Spike Lee. This opportunity led to their five-year stint as the house band and music writers on the hit PBS show, "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?"

Rockapella's unique sound and writing ability has aided in the success of television and radio campaigns for some of the largest corporations in North America including Folgers Coffee, Taco Bell, Budweiser, NBC Today Show, and Mounds/Almond Joy.

Aside from headlining sold-out international tours, Rockapella has joined the world famous Boston Pops for many sold-out shows at the historic Symphony Hall in Boston and venues around the US.

Rockapella consists of five technically trained and accomplished musicians:
(high tenor) Scott Leonard, (vocal percussionist) Jeff Thacher, (bass) George Baldi, (tenor) Steven Dorian, and (tenor) John Brown.

For more information on Rockapella, tour dates and ticket sales, visit www.ROCKAPELLA.com

About PAID, Inc.:

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