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Cody Simpson Ready to Kick Off Sold Out Tour; "Welcome To Paradise Tour" to Be Presented by Claire's and Co-Sponsored by Pastry; North American Trek Gets Underway on February 2nd at Boston's Paradise Rock Club; Personal Appearances Set for Claire&

(February 01, 2012)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/01/12 -- Atlantic recording artist Cody Simpson is poised for next week's start of his hugely anticipated "Welcome To Paradise Tour." The largely sold out trek -- presented by Claire's and co-sponsored by Pastry -- gets underway on Thursday, February 2nd at Boston's Paradise Rock Club and then continues through the month (see itinerary below).

In addition to the live dates, Simpson is also set to make exclusive personal appearances at Claire's stores in Montreal (1187 Sainte-Catherine St. W) on February 8th and McLean, Virginia (Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd.) on February 20th. Both in-store visits will see Cody meeting and taking photos with the first 150 Claire's customers to pre-purchase an item and receive VIP passes. For more, please visit www.codysimpson.com.

"We teamed with Cody Simpson last year, and are excited to continue our support of and take this partnership to the next level," says Dan Mollerus, VP Global Marketing for Claire's. "Cody is an extraordinary talent with a great personality, and an energy level second to none. It's a perfect match, Claire's and Cody."

With nearly 2 million Twitter followers, over 2 million Facebook likes and over 110 million YouTube views, Simpson is already an indisputable phenomenon. The Australian-born star made a stunning chart debut last summer as his "COAST TO COAST" EP entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #12. In addition, Simpson ascended to #13 on Billboard's annual "21 Under 21" ranking, which noted that he is "slowly becoming the all-encompassing pop phenom that could make him a household name by this time next year."


"COAST TO COAST" is highlighted by the hit single, "On My Mind" which proved a top 40 favorite at Pop radio outlets nationwide, having also hit #1 at Radio Disney (his second chart-topper at the network). The "On My Mind" companion video -- directed by Travis Kopach (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls) -- is also a certified YouTube blockbuster with over 11.5 million views and counting at Cody's official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/CodySimpsonMusic.

Currently hard at work recording his eagerly anticipated full-length debut album, Simpson recently was among the stars featured on NBC's Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular. The performance follows an array of high profile TV appearances, including visits to ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Disney Channel's Prank Stars, Nickelodeon's Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures, QVC's Sunday Best, and the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live! with Kelly, as well as a performance and mentor role on Radio Disney and the Disney Channel's "N.B.T. (Next Big Thing)" talent contest. An MTV "PUSH Artist of the Week," Simpson was also among the biggest winners at Australian Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids Choice Awards, taking home trophies in a trio of categories, including "Awesome Aussie," "Aussie Muso," and the prestigious "Super Fresh."

For up-to-the-minute news and information, see www.codysimpson.com, www.facebook.com/codysimpsonmusic, http://twitter.com/#!/CodySimpson, and www.youtube.com/codysimpsonmusic.

ABOUT CLAIRE'S STORES:
Claire's is one of the world's leading specialty retailers of fashionable accessories and jewelry at affordable prices for teens, tweens, and girls ages 3 to 18. As of November 1, 2011, Claire's operated 1,554 stores in North America, including stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Canada. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/claires

ABOUT PASTRY:
Pastry Girls live life Sweet - Chic and Unique. Fun Footwear and accessories for the girls with a taste for Fashion. Go to lovepastry.com to see Cody's sister Alli Simpson in the Pastry fall ad campaign. Pastry kicks are sold at Finish Line, Foot Action, Underground Station and other footwear retailers.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

CODY SIMPSON Welcome To Paradise Tour 2012 Presented By Claire's * Co-Sponsored By Pastry FEBRUARY 2 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club - SOLD OUT 3 Pottsville, PA Goodfellas 4 New York, NY Gramercy Theater - SOLD OUT 5 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts - SOLD OUT 7 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theater - SOLD OUT 8 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre - SOLD OUT 10 Albany, NY Northern Lights 11 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop - SOLD OUT 12 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom 14 Chicago, IL House of Blues 16 Milwaukee, WI Rave II 17 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts 18 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room 20 Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore (Matinee Show) 21 Norfolk, VA The Norva 23 Atlanta, GA Center Stage 24 Tampa, FL Ritz Theatre 25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Room 26 Orlando, FL House of Blues

Contact:
ATLANTIC RECORDS
Christina Kotsamanidis
212-707-2241
Christina.Kotsamanidis@atlanticrecords.com

CLAIRE'S
Jennifer M. Lezan
Marketing and PR Coordinator
Claire's Stores Inc. | Icing
2400 West Central Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Jennifer.Lezan@claires.com


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