SOURCE: Sire Records

November 28, 2005 09:00 ET

Veronica Lodge and Singing Duo "The Veronicas" Come to Terms

The Veronicas and Veronica Lodge Bury the Hatchet -- as Long as the Duo Keeps Their Hands off of Archie!

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 28, 2005 -- Veronica Lodge, the glamorous brunette of Archie Comic Book fame, and the Australian singing duo The Veronicas, Jess and Lisa Origliasso, have decided to bury the hatchet with regard to the argument over sharing the same name. Ms. Lodge and The Veronicas have decided it's better to be friends than to be enemies.

A business dispute involving Archie Comic Publications, Inc. and DAS Communications, the management team for The Veronicas, has officially been squashed by the three Veronicas.

"I just called Daddy and he took care of everything," said the stunning Ms. Lodge.

As a result of the agreement, The Veronicas have decided to take Veronica Lodge on the road with them, draping their tour bus with colorful graphics of Veronica and her famous Riverdale friends. The Veronicas have recently embarked on a national tour opening for singer Ryan Cabrerra.

"Veronica Lodge is our kind of girl! No offense to Betty, but we always felt we were the 'Veronica' type. Now, thanks to Veronica herself, we truly are!" said the 20-year-old identical twins, Jess and Lisa.

"I love their music, plus their taste in role models," said Veronica Lodge. "I just want to make certain they cool it around Archie -- the last thing Betty and I need is more competition."

Veronica Lodge and The Veronicas will join forces for an array of cross-marketing, promotional and merchandising opportunities, including the joint creation of a high-fashion apparel line. On January 6, 2006, Archie Comics will release a special edition of the Comic Book called "The Veronicas," detailing in full color the story of how the girls all met each other.

The Veronicas will release their debut album "The Secret Life of... " February 14th on Sire Records.

ABOUT ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS, INC.

Archie Comic Publications, Inc. has been publishing America's leading line of teenage humor comic books for nearly 65 years. The Archie titles appear at check-outs in most supermarkets and mass merchandisers, as well as in bookstores, drug chains, convenience stores and comic shops. Visit Archie online at: www.archiecomics.com.

ABOUT ARCHIE COMICS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC

Archie Comics Entertainment, LLC was established in 2003 as the entertainment and licensing affiliate of Archie Comic Publications, Inc., home of the world renowned character properties Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and their Riverdale friends, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats and Katy Keene, as well as super hero properties Mighty Crusaders including The Web. With offices in metro New York, Archie Comics Entertainment is involved in the development, production and worldwide distribution of original projects for television, film and home video, music, live events and the Internet, as well as represents the licensing and merchandising of its enduring brands across all global markets. Archie Comics Entertainment is on the Internet at www.archiecomics.com.

ABOUT THE VERONICAS

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, and now residing in Los Angeles, Lisa and Jess Origliasso have already created a huge buzz for their debut album, "The Secret Life of... ," which is currently available online and due in stores February 14 on Sire Records. A band that "People Are Talking About" according to Teen Vogue (November), The Veronicas were recently featured on MTV News' "You Hear It First," which spotlights emerging artists expected to make it big. The band was also named an AOL Breaker Artist in August, where AOL Music and Radio Networks showcase the hottest developing artists to online music fans.

"The Secret Life of... " contains 12 irresistible pop-rock songs and was made with some of today's top producers such as Billy Steinberg (Madonna), Max Martin (Britney Spears), Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson) and Toby Gad (Enrique Iglesias). The debut single "4ever" made such an impact on Seattle's KBKS, Boston's WXKS and Sacramento's KDND, that the stations added the track earlier than the official add date of August 30. It was then immediately added to over 60 stations across the country, including Sirius Satellite Radio. The band is currently on tour with Ryan Cabrera.

ABOUT DAS COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.

DAS Communications Ltd. is a leading entertainment management company based in New York City for over 30 years. DAS has guided the careers of many superstars, including Meat Loaf, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Joan Osborne, Spin Doctors, and 98 Degrees, among others. DAS managed clients have sold over 250 million records worldwide. Current clients include Grammy® winners Black Eyed Peas, as well as John Legend, The Veronicas, Kaci Brown, Fatty Koo and The Twenty Twos.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Sire Records Publicity (For The Veronicas)
    Nikki Herceg
    Email Contact
    (615) 214-1489

    Brian Bumbery
    Email Contact
    (818) 953-3203

    SSA Public Relations (For Archie Comic Publications, Inc.)
    Los Angeles:
    Steve Syatt
    (818) 501-0700

    New York:
    Carolyn Lipkins
    (212) 679-4750

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