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** Meridional Scans 9,819, debuts at #44 on Billboard’s Top 200 **
** Video for “Deathbed Atheist” Premieres on MySpace Music **

** Tracks From Album Now Available for Xbox’s Rock Band **

** Touring on Mayhem Festival Continues through August **


MeridionalNorma Jean’s Meridional is certainly living up to its buzz. The band’s widely- acclaimed new album debuts impressively at #44 on Billboard’s Top 200 on sales of 9,819. In addition the album comes in at #6 on the Hard Music chart, #15 on the Rock chart, #34 on the Digital Albums chart and #2 on the Contemporary Christian chart.

Meridional has been the recipient of some of the highest critical acclaim given  to any heavy rock album this year. Alternative Press declared the album  “Norma Jean’s first true masterpiece,” while Revolver gave it four stars saying it “hits plenty hard,” and Decibel called it “career defining” and that their “songwriting has never been stronger.”

“Norma Jean delivered a phenomenal album, and the positive reaction has been beyond our expectations,” said Razor & Tie’s Vice President of Marketing Jeremy Kramer. “We’re incredibly proud to be associated with the band, and look forward to continuing to spread the word of the Almighty Norma Jean and Meridional!”

Also impacting this week is Norma Jean’s new video for “Deathbed Atheist”, which had its exclusive world premiere yesterday on MySpace Music. The intense video, which features some amazing animation was helmed by innovative Swedish director Linus Johansson of Popcore Film who has done three previous clips for the band.

“Deathbed Athiest” video on MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music.videos&videoId=105871587


Additionally, three tracks off Meridional are available for purchase on the Rock Band Network for the Xbox Marketplace.  Fans can now download “The Anthem of the Angry Brides,” “Deathbed Atheist,” and “Leaderless and Self Enlisted” for their use on Rock Band, with players able to emulate any of the band members as they play along.

NORMA JEAN TOUR DATES

July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center *
July 23 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center *
July 24 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre *
July 25 – Montreal, Quebec – Parc Jean Drapeau *
July 26 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon **
July 27 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center *
July 28 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center *
July 30 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater *
July 31 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center *
Aug 1 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheater *
Aug 2 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend ***
Aug 3 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Pavilion @ Walnut Creek *
Aug 4 – Virginia Beach, VA – Virginia Beach Amphitheater *
Aug 6 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre *
Aug 7 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion *

Aug 8 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live *
Aug 9 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern **
Aug 10 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre *
Aug 11 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater *

Aug 13 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center *
Aug 14 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre *

*Mayhem Festival
**with In This Moment
***with In This Moment and Chimaira

WEB RESOURCES:
http://www.myspace.com/normajean
http://www.facebook.com/normajean
http://www.twitter.com/normajeanband
http://normajeannoise.com
http://www.normachine.com

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