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Rockie Lynne becomes first artist of new label

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 – After releasing his debut last year on Universal South, Rockie Lynne found a new home on a brand new label, Robbins Entertainment. Lynn became the first artist of the label's Nashville division.

"Rockie is a talented triple threat singer, songwriter and guitar player with an amazing work ethic," says label president Cory Robbins. "His potential in this format has not yet even begun to be tapped. We're proud to have signed him as our first country artist."

Lynne has spent most of 2007 touring and writing songs for his upcoming release. His debut Robbins Nashville single, "I Can't Believe It's Me," goes to radio this fall.

"I feel like I've really found the right home with this label," said Lynne. "The longer I am in this business, the more I value smart and dedicated people. I am fortunate to have the support of Cory Robbins and (vice president of A&R) Phyllis Stark behind me."

Lynne wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on his self-titled debut, which spawned a top 30 song with "Lipstick."

New York-based record label Robbins Entertainment made its long-planned expansion into the country music market by opening a Nashville division, known as Robbins Nashville, in May. Sony BMG distributes both Robbins Entertainment and Robbins Nashville.

Robbins launched Robbins Entertainment in 1996. The independent label has had numerous successes in the pop and dance music markets, including scoring such top 10 pop hits as Cascada's "Every Time We Touch," D.H.T.'s "Listen To Your Heart" and DJ Sammy's "Heaven."

Prior to Robbins Entertainment, Robbins was president and co-owner of Profile Records, a seminal label in the rap, reggae and pop music scenes known for such hit acts as the multi platinum-selling Run-D.M.C., DJ Quik, Rob Base, and Judy Torres.

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